Guitarist Michael Musillami came on the scene in the early 1980's in organ trios led by Richard "Groove" Holmes and others. He expanded his reputation as a sideman with jazz greats like Curtis Fuller, Dewey Redman, and Junior Cook. Now with his own trio, Musillami steps out front with commanding solos reaching from hard bop to avant-garde and covering a lot of the territory in between. No small part of his innovative sound stems from his excellent choice of band-mates: drummer George Schuller and bassist Joe Fonda.
The Michael Musillami Trio performs Wednesday, March 13, 9 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $10-$12. 292-9940, lovincup.com.