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  November 2017, Detroit Metro Times: “ A classical sensibility subtly informs the interplay between Malis' delicate piano and Elliot's lush saxophones; these songs are contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go and how much is still, and always, imaginable.”

November 2017, Detroit Metro Times: “A classical sensibility subtly informs the interplay between Malis' delicate piano and Elliot's lush saxophones; these songs are contemporary jazz of the highest order, a benchmark for where the genre can go and how much is still, and always, imaginable.”

  October 2017, All About Jazz:  “With his forceful, percussive piano style, Malis put in quite a workout with Taylor's band, yet he apparently had plenty of energy left in reserve, as he shared the next set with the indomitable William Hooker for a jaw-dropping display of improvisational power. … Malis has a strong classical sensibility behind much of his playing, but his more untethered statements revealed a barely-controlled fury; combined with Hooker's impassioned and relentless attacks, the result was one of the festival's most riveting and overpowering performances.”

October 2017, All About Jazz: “With his forceful, percussive piano style, Malis put in quite a workout with Taylor's band, yet he apparently had plenty of energy left in reserve, as he shared the next set with the indomitable William Hooker for a jaw-dropping display of improvisational power. … Malis has a strong classical sensibility behind much of his playing, but his more untethered statements revealed a barely-controlled fury; combined with Hooker's impassioned and relentless attacks, the result was one of the festival's most riveting and overpowering performances.”

  January 2016, Detroit Free Press  (of Balance): “Two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians.”

January 2016, Detroit Free Press (of Balance): “Two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians.”

  December 2015, Detroit Free Press:  “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut... The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom. … Malis' flexible touch and attack can sound sumptuous, splashy or spiky, and his well-developed technique allows him to get around the piano easily. He also has an impressive way of spreading out the rhythm between his two hands to create a fulsome sound that comes from playing the entire instrument. His sweeping approach, the way he projects a feeling of progressivism, reminds me a bit of his teacher, Geri Allen, without mimicking the specifics of her style.”

December 2015, Detroit Free Press: “an uncommonly mature and distinctive debut... The music is loose and spontaneous, alert to dynamics and textural variety while balancing formal detail and discipline with freedom. … Malis' flexible touch and attack can sound sumptuous, splashy or spiky, and his well-developed technique allows him to get around the piano easily. He also has an impressive way of spreading out the rhythm between his two hands to create a fulsome sound that comes from playing the entire instrument. His sweeping approach, the way he projects a feeling of progressivism, reminds me a bit of his teacher, Geri Allen, without mimicking the specifics of her style.”

 
  September 2015 Hot House Jazz Guide:  “Malis’ multi-faceted stylings cover a broad range of free expression. He bridges the gap between original composed, complex written material and the spontaneity of improvisation.”

September 2015 Hot House Jazz Guide: “Malis’ multi-faceted stylings cover a broad range of free expression. He bridges the gap between original composed, complex written material and the spontaneity of improvisation.”

  Ann Arbor Observer, December 2015:  “Malis never sounds like someone else and already displays his own musical personality, characterized by a seamless continuum between compositional and instrumental qualities. This is how the Detroit jazz piano tradition is evolving for our times.”

Ann Arbor Observer, December 2015: “Malis never sounds like someone else and already displays his own musical personality, characterized by a seamless continuum between compositional and instrumental qualities. This is how the Detroit jazz piano tradition is evolving for our times.”

  Bird is the Worm, May 2016:  “On his debut, pianist Michael Malis definitely gets in his share of quality swings, and this fun recording has more than its share of inspired moments and surprises.”

Bird is the Worm, May 2016: “On his debut, pianist Michael Malis definitely gets in his share of quality swings, and this fun recording has more than its share of inspired moments and surprises.”