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Matt Jorgensen: Painting With Sound

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Matt Jorgensen is a very busy man. A drummer and composer, he plays and records with a wide variety of musicians, including his own long-running quartet 451 and popular trumpeter and label-mate Thomas Marriott. Jorgensen also co-manages the Origin Records label, a thriving concern that has released over 300 discs since 1997, and that now encompasses two associated labels, OA2 and Origin Classical. He is also a family man, and it's a family connection that provided the spark for his impressive and well-received new Origin record, Tattooed By Passion: Music Inspired By The Paintings of Dale Chisman ...

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Matt Jorgensen: Tattooed by Passion: Music Inspired by the Paintings of Dale Chisman

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Drummer Matt Jorgensen pushes a bit out of the relative comfort zone of his longstanding Matt Jorgensen + 451 ensemble, to pay homage to his late father-in-law, abstract expressionist painter Dale Chisman, with Tattooed by Passion. With his + 451 group, Jorgensen crafted a distinctive modern-leaning sound on CDs Hope (Origin Records, 2004) and Another Morning (Origin Records, 2008). He carries that tradition forward on Tattooed by Passion. Tight grooves are a part of Jorgensen's approach, which isn't surprising for a drummer. But more importantly, for the group sound he creates, are his choices in the guys sitting ...

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Matt Jorgensen + 451: Another Morning

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Matt Jorgensen + 451 has created a distinctive music, a free flying jazz sound with a 1960s rock sensibility, bursting with enormous chops. It's a mix of Ryan Burns' often out there, Jimi Hendix-ian keyboard work (wailing on Fender Rhodes, organ and Moog ), Mark Tayor's bite-of-lime saxophone tang, Jorgensen's multi-layered percussion complexities and Phil Sparks' deep in the pocket bass work. Mix it up and it's unmistakable on the blindfold test.The group is a rhythm section and saxophone, but it sounds like no other. No one playing in this format--with the exception of perhaps Vijay Iyer--has crafted ...

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Matt Jorgensen: Seattle's New Sound

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Originally from Seattle, drummer, composer, and bandleader Matt Jorgensen began pursuing music relatively late. After only a few years of study during college, he picked up and left home to throw himself into the New York jazz scene. Now, ten years later, he’s formed a critically acclaimed ensemble, released his fourth album, and is co-owner of his own label, Origin Records. A young player expanding the sound of jazz with his distinctive compositions and sound, Mr. Jorgensen has a lot to say—both with his music, and otherwise. All About Jazz: Before ...

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Matt Jorgensen + 451: Hope

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Do they still give out Grammy Awards for best cover art? If so, here's a nominee: a peaceful retriever in repose, chin on the floor, captured in a sanguine tone on Matt Jorgensen + 451's Hope. A great cover, of course, does not a successful CD make. It's the music. The music on Hope --a sax and rhythm section outing with additional sax on five of the eleven tunes, with the warm tones of a trombone on another--falls into that familiar yet foreign sound, sort of traditional, but quite progressive, too. Drummer Matt Jorgensen seems as ...

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Matt Jorgensen + 451: Quiet Silence

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This is drummer Matt Jorgensen's second album for Seattle's Origin label - - the first The Road Begins Here was released last year. Again working in a quintet format, with Phil Sparks and Marc Seales as holdovers from the initial outing, Jorgensen addresses a set of original compositions along with a mixed set of works running from pieces by John Coltrane to Burt Bacharach. The horn players for this session are altoist Mark Taylor and tenor man Rob Davis both of whom get unconventional sounds, soothing and discordant, out of their horns on such cuts as “Tumbleweed". The horns become ...

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Matt Jorgensen +451: The Road Begins Here

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Beautiful cd. 7 tracks and 54 minutes of smooth jazz, from adapted classics to noteworthy originals.Matt Jorgensen, Rob Davis, Phil Sparks, Marc Seales: these are the champions of a combo so tight, you'd swear you hear more in these instrumental songs than just these few people. The swinging nightlife sound of 'Afterglow,' busy with Davis sax and Jorgensen drums, is somethin' else. Burns like lamplight oil on a street far in the past; warms; glows.What wasn't penned from this set of talented NYC jazzsters, uses, you'll see, some first-rate writing forte. But what will Send you ...



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