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Mat Maneri Quartet: Dust

Read "Dust" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The respective artists are firmly rooted in the modern vanguard of experimentation, improvisation and countless offshoots of the jazz vernacular. However, A-list bassist John Hebert is also a veteran of many modern/progressive jazz sessions but, as evidenced here, is also comfortable exploring the outside realm. Hence, the musicians dish out a rather somber and stoic chamber-jazz program amid fragile underpinnings and a slowly-paced gait with asymmetrical pulses and blossoming mini-themes. In addition, Mat Maneri's extended viola choruses assist with steering ...

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Mat Maneri Quartet: Blue Decco

Read "Blue Decco" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Free jazz violinist Mat Maneri has recently produced a string of recordings which document his technical fluency as well as his extended abstract vision. At this point, nobody doubts his proficiency or ability to rapidly develop new ideas. His recent duet record with Joe Morris, [soul search] took the abstraction of his playing to a new and higher dimension. However, Maneri settles down a bit on Blue Decco, consciously drawing inspiration from the free jazz revolution of the '60s.

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Mat Maneri Quartet: Blue Decco

Read "Blue Decco" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For the violinist and viola jazzman Mat Maneri, music is more about interaction than direct action. His music isn’t so much an act of contrivance as it is intercourse. His new quartet with William Parker at its creative center connects on many levels. First they refashion two standards; Duke Ellington’s “I Got It Bad” and the traditional “Hush Little Baby.” What has become Thirsty Ear and producer Matthew Shipp’s mode of working, their brand of creative music always has the ...


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