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Matt Mitchell

Matt Mitchell is a pianist and composer interested in the intersections of various strains of acoustic, electric, composed, and improvised new music. He currently composes for and leads several ensembles featuring many of the current foremost musicians and improvisers, including Tim Berne, Kim Cass, Kate Gentile, Ben Gerstein, Jon Irabagon, Travis Laplante, Ava Mendoza, Miles Okazaki, Ches Smith, Chris Speed, Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Tordini, Anna Webber, Dan Weiss. He is an anchor member of several significant creative music ensembles which integrate composed and improvised music, including Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, the Dave Douglas Quintet, John Hollenbeck’s Large Ensemble, Dan Weiss’s Starebaby, Jonathan Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, Steve Coleman’s Natal Eclipse, Kate Gentile’s Mannequins, Mario Pavone’s Blue Dialect Trio, Anna Webber’s Simple Trio, Ches Smith’s We All Break, the Dave King Trio, and Quinsin Nachoff’s Flux

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Miles Okazaki: The Sky Below

Read "The Sky Below" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Electric guitarist Miles Okazaki—also using electronics—and his rhythm section comprise three-fifths of alto sax great Steve Coleman's current band, as keyboardist Matt Mitchell rounds out this quartet for the leader's second release for Pi Recrodings, but his fifth album overall. And while the album length is a little over 39-minutes, many artists are cutting back some ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Matthew Shipp - Nate Wooley: What If?

Read "What If?" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Matthew Shipp and Nate Wooley have played together on two Ivo Perelman releases, Philosopher's Stone (Leo Records, 2017) and Strings 4 (Leo Records, 2019). Between those albums, Shipp contributed to the Wooley-produced New American Songbooks, Volume 2 (Pleasure of Text Records, 2018), a compilation of piano works that also included Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell and Aruán ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Read "The Fantastic Mrs. 10" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine Tim Berne as the lead in the 1980's' American television series The A-Team, declaring: “I love it when a plan comes together!" He must return to that catchphrase every time his ensemble Snakeoil finishes a recording. After four outings on Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, the previous being Incidentals (2017), he moves his A-Team to Intakt ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

More 2019 Favourites

Read "More 2019 Favourites" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's a continued look at 2019 favourites in this edition (the entire first segment, then random thereafter), but some new releases have filtered in as well: drummer Jeff Davis and a great band debut The Fastness, while clarinetist Aaron Novik continues a string of new albums, and one of the premier avant-garde trios--George Graewe, Ernst Reijseger ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Biagio Coppa: Slam Dunk Project

Read "Slam Dunk Project" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Playing the guessing game while listening to Slam Dunk Project by Biagio Coppa's trio will lead you to America and the New World. Which, of course, is the Old World when we are talking about jazz. Zooming in a bit closer, and we hit the East Coast before stopping in the Midwest. Coppa's compositions and the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Claudio Fasoli: The Brooklyn Option

Read "The Brooklyn Option" reviewed by Paolo Marra

Tra innovazione e tradizione l'album The Brooklyn Option (Abeat Records) segna il debutto del Claudio Fasoli Quintet, band formata dal sassofonista italiano insieme a musicisti della scena newyorchese: il trombettista Ralph Alessi, il pianista Matt Mitchell, il bassista Drew Gress e il batterista Nasheet Waits. Il sassofonista ritorna come sua abitudine alla collaborazione con ...

The Sky Below

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Rise and Shine; Dog Star; Anthemoessa; Seven Sisters; Monstropolous; The Castaway; The Lighthouse; To Dream Again.

Phalanx Ambassadors

Label: Pi Recordings
Released: 2019
Track listing: Stretch Goal; Taut Pry; Zoom Romp; Phasic Haze Ramps; Ssgg; Be Irreparable; Mind Aortal Cicatrix.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019

Read "Troy Dostert's Best Releases of 2019" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Is it jazz? Perhaps not in the narrowest sense, but each of the releases below arguably retains enough of a foothold in the tradition to justify that description. Maybe we've finally reached the point where the question no longer matters. In any case, what these artists have in common is a commitment to venturing outward in ...


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