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Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF

Read "Clouds and Stormy Nights: A New Pair from QFTF" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Germany's growing QFTF label remains ambitious as ever as 2016 draws to a close, showcasing two young off-the-beaten-path bandleaders with their own ideas of the directions modern jazz might take. With some fairly offbeat feels for melody, the pair manage to serve as two sides of the same semi-abstract coin. Matthew Sheens Cloud Appreciation Day QFTF 2016 It eases in with an almost stately air, then abruptly breaks into rhythmic careening like lightning ...

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Matthew Sheens: Untranslatable

Read "Untranslatable" reviewed by Ian Patterson


With his impressive debut Every Eight Seconds (Self Produced, 2012) garnering universally positive reviews, Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens returns with an even meatier, juicier follow-up. Every Eight Seconds introduced an original composer, one whose melodic and rhythmic ideas championed narrative over virtuosity. There's perhaps more of Sheens the Downbeat poll-winning pianist this time out but significantly Untranslatable ups the ante compositionally, with the Yanni Burton String Quartet leaving an indelible stamp on a third of the tracks.

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Album Review

Matthew Sheens: Every Eight Seconds

Read "Every Eight Seconds" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


In 2009, pianist Matthew Sheens became the first Australian to win a Downbeat Magazine Student Award, but that's hardly the only honor that's been bestowed upon this gifted musician. Sheens has been racking up grants, scholarships and awards at a rapid pace, as he moved from the University of Adelaide, where he completed his undergraduate work in 2008, to the New England Conservatory of Music, to pursue a Masters in Jazz Performance, to New York City, where he has resided ...

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Album Review

Matthew Sheens: Every Eight Seconds

Read "Every Eight Seconds" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Debut recordings can sometimes suffer from a little too much subservience to the jazz cannon, as musicians perhaps wish to stamp their jazz credentials from the get go, or as is the case with Australian-born, New York-based pianist Matthew Sheens' Every Eight Seconds they can announce a refreshingly personal voice. Sheen--a former student of pianists Fred Hersch and Jason Moran--exhibits a flair for melody and a broad vocabulary that leans towards the contemporary. There's also strong rhythmic heart, both in ...

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Take Five With Matthew Sheens

Read "Take Five With Matthew Sheens" reviewed by Matthew Sheens


Meet Matthew Sheens:Born in Bowral, Australia. Lived in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide before leaving for the US at 22 to complete my Masters at the New England Conservatory in Boston.Was the first Australian to win a Downbeat Magazine award (Best Soloist in 2009/2011), and has performed across Australia, USA, New Zealand, Japan, The Netherlands, at the Jazz Hoeilaart International Jazz Festival in Belgium, Montreux International Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Europafest in Romania, and at the International Panama ...


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