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Matt Slocum: Trio Pacific, vol. 1

Read "Trio Pacific, vol. 1" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"In queste session--dice Matt Slocum--ero interessato a sviluppare una struttura compositiva più aperta, pensata per l'approccio estetico del trio. Questa formazione sembra adattarsi meglio all'interazione collettiva che all'affermazione di lunghi assoli individuali. È ancora un formato relativamente nuovo, essendo appena un anno che suoniamo in trio ma sento un'intensa connessione musicale, la più forte mai provata." ...

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Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

Read "Black Elk's Dream" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo

In Italia lo si conosce con il nome di Alce Nero, celeberrimo capo militare e religioso degli indiani sioux. A lui è dedicato questo ambizioso CD, votato alla traduzione musicale della spiritualità degli indiani d'America. Vi predomina un'aura malinconica e riflessiva che attualizza l'eredità coltraniana lungo un tappeto sonoro circolare, sempre in mutazione. Le dodici parti ...

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Matt Slocum: Black Elk's Dream

Read "Black Elk's Dream" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Musicians always aim to tell a story with their music, but drummer Matt Slocum goes one better on Black Elk Speaks: Slocum uses a story--an entire individual's history, in fact--to shape his own telling of musical tales.

On his third release, following Portraits (Chandra Records, 2009) and After The Storm (Chandra Records, 2011), ...

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Oscar Perez / Nuevo Comienzo: Afropean Affair

Read "Afropean Affair" reviewed by Dave Wayne

On Afropean Affair , pianist/composer Óscar Pérez treads an appealing line between Afro-Latin jazz and modern jazz reminiscent of the Cuban band Irakere--or, perhaps, the first couple of Chick Corea Return to Forever discs, with saxophonist/flautist Joe Farrell and drummer Airto).

A native of New York City, Pérez's early immersion in both Afro-Cuban ...

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Matt Slocum: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Matt Slocum's multicolored traps--at times forceful or delicate, creatively painting varied tempos with the essence of swing--define the drummer's debut, Portraits. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Slocum's introduction carries forward the torch of patriarchs Max Roach and Elvin Jones amongst others, but he also carves out his own rhythmic patterns with young contemporaries such as Eric ...

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Matt Slocum: Portraits

Read "Portraits" reviewed by Terrell Kent Holmes

Drummer Matt Slocum makes a memorable debut with Portraits, an eloquent and sophisticated collection of mostly original compositions, interpreted smartly by the leader, pianist Gerald Clayton and bassist Massimo Biolcati.

The trio tunes here define crispness and diversity, whether it's Clayton's nimble piano on “Cambria," Slocum's quicksilver drumming on the workout “Shadows" or Clayton's ...