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Matthew Garrison: Shapeshifter Live 2010 Part 1

Read "Shapeshifter Live 2010 Part 1" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Were it not for demanding touring/recording schedules for an impressive A-list of jazz and pop musicians, bassist/composer Matthew Garrison's discography as leader would surely amount to more than the two studio recordings and one live recording up to 2004. Nevertheless, six years on, Shapeshifter Live 2010 Part 1 is cause for celebration among those who like their music cutting edge and searching. Garrison harnesses computer technology and loops to manipulate pre-programmed material, accompanied by his powerfully probing bass improvisations. It's ...

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Matthew Garrison: Core Matter

Read "Matthew Garrison: Core Matter" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bassist/composer Matthew Garrison is, without a doubt, one of the most technically gifted musicians of his generation. Over the last two decades he has been employed by such high-caliber leaders as [pianist-keyboardists] Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock and Geri Allen; [saxophonists] Wayne Shorter, Michael Brecker and Steve Coleman; [guitarists] John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, John Scofield; [drummers] Jack DeJohnette, Gary Husband and Terri Lyne Carrington. This impressive list tells only a part of the story, for Garrison is equally feted by pop ...

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Matthew Garrison: Shapeshifter

Read "Shapeshifter" reviewed by John Kelman

Few electric bassists on the scene today haven't been heavily touched by the influence of the late Jaco Pastorius. Whether directly in style, as in the case of Michael Manring, or less overtly, as in the case of Marcus Miller, Jaco's sound and open approach to the instrument continue to be felt nearly twenty years after his untimely death. While bassist Matthew Garrison, who has developed a strong reputation as sideman for artists including Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin, can't ...

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Matthew Garrison: Matthew Garrison

Read "Matthew Garrison" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

In the world of improvisatory music, the releases which spellbind are those which simultaneously are at the cutting edge and hit extremely deep on an emotional level compositionally, while at the same time throw down the gauntlet in terms of the pure technical level of virtuosity on display by the instrumentalist who is the leader of the date, saying to the community of listeners and musicians alike, “I am the baddest!".

In the smaller world of electric bass, even the ...


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