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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: The Scenic Route

Read "The Scenic Route" reviewed by Troy Collins

Drummer Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts ensemble has followed a somewhat more mainstream path than some of his previous efforts. With each release, Wilson has been slowly expanding the concept of this unconventional quartet with an eclectic and exploratory ear. Arts & Crafts' third album on Palmetto Records, The Scenic Route, is as varied and rewarding ...

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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: The Scenic Route

Read "The Scenic Route" reviewed by Jim Santella

Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts swings in a collective manner with a comfortable fit that speaks from the jazz tradition, while driving with soulful authority. Trumpeter Terell Stafford gives Wilson an eloquent lyrical voice that he backs with propulsive rhythms. Pianist and organist Gary Versace gives this powerful quartet its various moods, which bassist Dennis Irwin ...

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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: Wake Up! (To What's Happening)

Read "Wake Up! (To What's Happening)" reviewed by Eric J. Iannelli

Wake Up! (To What's Happening) is drummer Matt Wilson's first album after realizing, thanks to the unintentional example set by his children, that he'd been going about things all wrong. Well, not wrong, exactly--just differently.

“The more I play improvised music," he writes in the closest thing to an explanatory preface, “the less I ...

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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: Wake Up! (To What's Happening)

Read "Wake Up! (To What's Happening)" reviewed by Ken Franckling

"Arts & Crafts" is the perfect name for versatile drummer Matt Wilson's band for this session. For the music they make is indeed an art--and it involves much musical craft. And then there's the title of this, the band's second recording. A title like Wake Up! (To What's Happening) could lead one to guess that Wilson ...

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Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts: Wake Up! (To What

Read "Wake Up! (To What" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

Open-minded and unselfish. Good moral qualities, but are they good musical ones as well?



In drummer Matt Wilson's case, the answer is mostly yes on his latest album Wake Up! (To What's Happening) , reuniting the Arts And Crafts quartet that released a relatively straight-ahead album by that name in '01. Wilson, an exceptional ...