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Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

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Musicians always aim to tell a story with their music, but drummer Matt Slocum goes one better on Black Elk Speaks: Slocum uses a story--an entire individual's history, in fact--to shape his own telling of musical tales. On his third release, following Portraits (Chandra Records, 2009) and After The Storm (Chandra Records, 2011), Slocum digs deep into the history of Black Elk, the famed Oglala Lakota medicine man who was immortalized on paper when John G. Neihardt wrote Black Elk Speaks (William Morrow & Company, 1932). Slocum winds his way through Black Elk's life, finding inspiration in ...

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Matt Slocum Trio Live At The Saville Theater

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Matt Slocum Trio Saville Theater, San Diego City College San Diego, CA August 10, 2010 Matt Slocum is a promising young drummer/composer who appears to be going places in jazz. A graduate of the prestigious Thornton School Of Music at USC, where he studied with Peter Erskine, (Weather Report, Stan Kenton), and Alan Pasqua, he has already performed with none other than Wynton Marsalis. Slocum resides in New Jersey and is working in New York, but is currently on the West Coast touring in support of his first album as a leader, Portraits, (Chandra. ...

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Take Five With Matt Slocum

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Meet Matt Slocum:“Matt Slocum's multicolored traps--at times forceful or delicate, creatively painting varied tempos with the essence of swing--define the drummer's debut, Portraits. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Slocum's introduction carries forward the torch of patriarchs Max Roach and Elvin Jones amongst others, but he also carves out his own rhythmic patterns with young contemporaries such as Eric Harland and Johnathan Blake. Present day jazz is clearly not stagnate in the very good hands (and sticks) of Matt Slocum, a young drummer who plays with empathy and verve." Mark F. Turner, All About JazzInstrument(s):Drums ...

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Matt Slocum: Portraits

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Matt Slocum's multicolored traps--at times forceful or delicate, creatively painting varied tempos with the essence of swing--define the drummer's debut, Portraits. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Slocum's introduction carries forward the torch of patriarchs Max Roach and Elvin Jones amongst others, but he also carves out his own rhythmic patterns with young contemporaries such as Eric Harland and Johnathan Blake.

Slocum is joined by equally distinguished peers: award-winning pianist Gerald Clayton, whose own debut, Two-Shade (ArtistShare, 2009), was well received; and resolute bassist Massimo Biolcati, a longtime associate of guitarist Lionel Loueke. Portraits is mostly a trio outing, ...

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Matt Slocum: Portraits

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Drummer Matt Slocum makes a memorable debut with Portraits, an eloquent and sophisticated collection of mostly original compositions, interpreted smartly by the leader, pianist Gerald Clayton and bassist Massimo Biolcati. The trio tunes here define crispness and diversity, whether it's Clayton's nimble piano on “Cambria," Slocum's quicksilver drumming on the workout “Shadows" or Clayton's lush styling, Biolcati's murmuring pizzicato and Slocum's shimmering cymbals meshing perfectly on the impressionistic “For Alin." They also play light-hearted tunes, like the title cut and “Avenida del Paraiso," with the same skill and facility. Guest appearances by several fine ...



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