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Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases

Read "Matt Ulery, Fred Pallem, Sylvain Darrifourq, Tim Garland & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


For the second part of this week's exploration of new and upcoming releases, we Focus. As in... we compare and contrast the music from that iconic 'saxophone & strings' album by Stan Getz with the two more recent CDs—both entitled Re Focus—by Tim Garland and Sylvain Rifflet which Getz's 1961 masterpiece inspired. The latter was orchestrated by the great French bassist and arranger Fred Pallem who is about to release a fascinating project dedicated to fairy tales in the key ...

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Matt Ulery: Pollinator

Read "Pollinator" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


What a wonderful lift to an otherwise dismal year is Pollinator, Chicago based bassist Matt Ulery's unabashed revelry in swing jazz circa King Oliver and Jelly Roll Morton. Add a few pops, skips and other random surface noises to the sound of these eight unbridled, hothouse Ulery compositions and you'd swear you were sitting in and listening to the real thing. Because Pollinator sure sounds like your grandad's 78s. Those mysteriously heavy, black platters that set you on this beautiful ...

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Album Review

Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Bassist Matt Ulery works in several groups with differing approaches to jazz and art music. Delicate Charms features a quintet which mixes the romantic lightness of European classical music, the slippery unpredictability of jazz and the thrusting rhythms of progressive rock through a singular combination of alto sax, violin and piano. The CD's opening track, “Coping" lays out the band's agenda. It starts with a slow, dignified theme played by saxophonist Greg Ward and violinist Zach Brock, over ...

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Matt Ulery: Delicate Charms

Read "Delicate Charms" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Coming on the heels of 2019's outstanding trio outing Wonderment (Woolgathering Records) with violinist Zach Brock and drummer John Deitemyer, Delicate Charms is a four and a half star recording if ever one was. And it begins with a classical air, an almost chambered hush into which rush those last minute arrivals, each their own player in the “Coping" suite that emblematically ushers in bassist Matt Ulery's particularly distinctive work. Equal parts Charles Mingus ("Taciturn"), Paul Chambers, (his sense of ...

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Album Review

Matt Ulery: By A Little Light

Read "By A Little Light" reviewed by Franz A. Matzner


A unique blend of traditional jazz, classical, Eastern European folk, and modern idioms, Mat Ulery's By A little Light is steeped in a melancholic grace and shadowy beauty that provides the two-disc set its unifying force. Throughout, Ulery has chosen detail and the oblique over the grandiose to etch his dusky scenes and portraits that seem to capture discreet emotional moments the way master photographers can distill vast meaning within a single frame.Bespeaking Ulery's consistency of approach there ...

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Album Review

Matt Ulery's Loom: Flora.Fauna.Fervor

Read "Flora.Fauna.Fervor" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The music on Flora.Fauna.Fervor might be dubbed episodic, if not for the fact that each new idea steadily evolves from what came before. Bassist Matt Ulery uses kaleidoscopic compositional methods that develop gradually, yet travel to wide-ranging places and often return home to roost. Endless permutations of instrumental combinations and stylistic possibilities are explored, with Ulery's stellar septet pulling the puppet strings and Ulery building the puppets. While this music employs two horn players that could easily ...


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