Matt Wilson Quartet: Gathering Call (2013)

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Track review of "Pumpkin's Delight"

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Matt Wilson Quartet: Gathering Call
Other than leading his Arts & Crafts and Quartet ensembles, drummer Matt Wilson may be among the most recorded jazz session drummers of recent times. With guest pianist John Medeski
John Medeski
John Medeski

keyboard
, the ensemble delves into a set consisting of Wilson originals and a mixed bag of pop and jazz tunes, penned by diverse artists such as Beyonce,' Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
, Butch Warren
Butch Warren
Butch Warren
b.1939
bass
, Hugh Lawson
Hugh Lawson
Hugh Lawson
1935 - 1997
piano
and others. Nonetheless, the musicians swing hard and enact a few classic jazz type blowing fests. And they occasionally zoom into the free-zone during some heated improvisational segments. Otherwise, Wilson's arrangements are not constructed on longwinded jam sessions. He keeps matters on the upside via concise and often hard-hitting statements amid a multifarious trajectory, streaming with groove-based opuses and harmonious storylines.

Longtime Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
group saxophonist Charlie Rouse's "Pumpkin's Delight," is given a '60s style Blue Note Records type aura, as Wilson executes a bristling Latin jazz pulse in support of the frontline horns section, who in turn, lay behind the beat. This piece resides somewhere between classic Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
and Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
Lee Morgan
1938 - 1972
trumpet
funk, soul-blues and jazz fare. Cornetist Kirk Knuffke
Kirk Knuffke
Kirk Knuffke

trumpet
and saxophonist Jeff Lederer, articulate the primary theme then launch into a sonic aerial assault, tempered and re-energized by Medeski's spirited and somewhat animated voicings. Moreover, Wilson stretches out and adds icing to the cake with a poetically designed polyrhythmic solo spot, leading the band to closeout. Essentially, variety is a huge factor on this thoroughly hip and attractive program.

Personnel: Jeff Lederer: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet; Kirk Knuffke: cornet; Chris Lightcap: bass; Matt Wilson: drums; John Medeski: piano.

Record Label: Palmetto Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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