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by Jerome Wilson
The saxophone continues to be one of the cornerstone instruments of jazz. Here are three recent recordings that demonstrate different approaches to the use of saxophones in the music. Jordan Pettay First Fruit Outside In Music 2019 Jordan Pettay is a young Julliard graduate who makes her debut recording here, playing alto and soprano. Spirituality is a big part of her music and she plays several hymns during the set in ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The lesson learned from listening to saxophonist Matt Bauder's second Day In Pictures release Nightshades is that you would never want to take a blindfold listening test with him. He'd steal your records. The quintet from his 2010 self-titled release on Clean Feed remains intact, with the exception that Angelica Sanchez was replaced by pianist Kris Davis. Otherwise, the musicians: Nate Wooley (trumpet), Jason Ajemian (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) nourish Bauder's vision that innovation in jazz in ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
Saxophonist Matt Bauder was mentored by celebrated avant-garde jazz saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton and has been a busy and quite productive artist on numerous jazz fronts. As a topnotch session man and leader, Bauder's resume intimates fruitful affiliations with musicians who are at the forefront of the progressive jazz and avant-garde sectors. Fueled by an all-star lineup, Nightshades is the saxophonist's second solo effort for Portugal-based Clean Feed Records, and is a program that shifts between mainstream jazz and ...read more
by Troy Collins
Day In Pictures is Matt Bauder's first traditional jazz recording as the leader of a stellar acoustic quintet. Far from a debut, the young Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist already has a number of eclectic releases to his name, but none delve as far into the nuances of jazz tradition as this refined platter. His previous albums expand on his work as a sideman to adventurous peers like Taylor Ho Bynum, Harris Eisenstadt and Rob Mazurek, including his electro-acoustic debut, Weary Already Of ...read more
by Glenn Astarita
The album title, Paper Gardens, parallels saxophonist Matt Bauder's work for an architecture firm, concerning the design of a new garden for an elementary school. Upon his initial visit, he observed construction paper models of the proposed garden, which served as the basis for this curiously interesting, avant-garde, chamber-jazz foray. Here, Bauder forges a homogenous program, touching upon minimalism and sound-sculpting motifs to complement the improvisational opuses interspersed at key intervals. Partly constructed on horn- and string-based extended ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The third installment in Locust Music’s Object series, recordings inspired by selected objects, finds saxophonist Matt Bauder and bassist Jason Ajemian contemplating what looks like some sort of computer disc drive. But does it really matter? Prior efforts were focused on bowling balls and brillo pads. Not quite stuff found in Emily Dickinson's house.
The single 31-minute track was made in down state Illinois on a summer’s night. The pair play a continuous dirge over the sounds ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
The “Document Chicago” music scene presents yet another direction that music can go through. For this recording Matt Bauder composed the pieces and then asked the musicians to play with the idea that their sounds were being electronically manipulated. The music was recorded in segments and very little of it was live with all the musicians together. For the most part, no musician heard what the others had played. And then Bauder went to work on their music. ...read more