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Chamber 3: Transatlantic

Read "Transatlantic" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Chamber 3 began as a trio effort started by German guitarist Christian Eckert, and Seattle based drummer Matt Jorgensen, who forged a friendship while studying at the New School in New York in the early nineties. Over the years, they engaged in many projects and tours together, culminating in this project that includes German tenor saxophonist Steffen Weber. The band added a fourth member in the person of Seattle bassist Phil Sparks for their last release, Grassroots (OA2, 2017), and ...

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Chamber 3: Transatlantic

Read "Transatlantic" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Seattle-based drummer Matt Jorgensen tattoos every recording he releases with a mark of bold, clean modernity--whether working with his group Matt Jorgensen + 451 on Hope (Origin Records, 2004) and Another Morning (Origin Records, 2008), or Tattooed By Passion (Origin Records, 2010). Add in scores of sideman slots. His is a distinctive sound, compositionally and instrumentally, on his own or backing his labelmates. Transatlantic is the second outing by the Jorgensen vehicle, Chamber 3, a follow up to ...

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Chamber 3: Grassroots

Read "Grassroots" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Do different geographies create different sounds? New York-hard and brassy, in your face and boppish; the Nordic countries--cool and reflective, spacious and dreamy; the American Midwest, Chicago and Detroit--soulful and hip with a hard urban edge. This is, of course, a simplification, with exceptions flying all over the place, but distinct similarities in sounds can be found in various locales, owed probably more to a certain level of local and/or stablemate nepotism than the local culture or particular cityscapes or ...

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Matt Jorgensen: Painting With Sound

Read "Matt Jorgensen: Painting With Sound" reviewed by Joshua Weiner

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 ...

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

Read "Tattooed by Passion: Music Inspired by the Paintings of Dale Chisman" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

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Matt Jorgensen + 451: Another Morning

Read "Another Morning" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

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Matt Jorgensen: Seattle's New Sound

Read "Matt Jorgensen: Seattle's New Sound" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner

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 ...


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