198

Matthew Charles Heulitt: Room To Run

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
Matthew Charles Heulitt: Room To Run A subtle change in the opening "Resurrected" is an indicator of things to come on guitarist Matthew Charles Heulitt's Room To Run, as the introductory chord progression deviates from its western motif. That shift is informed by the guitar's sweeping volume swell, before opening the path for a statically charged solo and resonating touches by bassist Dan Feizli and drummer Jon Arkin.

The eleven tracks are a reflection of Heulitt's creativity and musicianship—with over twenty years experience in the studio, touring, and performing, whether studying with Wayne Krantz or opening for Carlos Santana. But clearly, as this release attests, Heulitt's music and voice has its own identity, one that is refreshingly beyond the usual stance of progressive jazz rock.

Make no mistake though, this music rocks, swings and also surprises. "Never Present" finds Heulitt grinding his axe with bone-crunching riffs that are in complete harmony with Joe Cohen's fiery alto saxophone and the cool running waters of veteran keyboardist Kit Walker. But there's more to Room To Run than typical rock/jazz fare; on "Song For Diane," Heulitt puts on a clinic (both technical and spiritual), with lightning licks and chords in a picturesque song that lingers long after the tune has finished. Things also deviate from the norm with the short improv excursions "More in Time" and "Upbeat," where Heulitt mingles acoustic guitar and various noises.

The main material is where the impact lies, and it does so abundantly. "Times Arrow" leaves it mark with Walker's brilliant organ playing, while the unforgettable "Fountain of Youth" takes on a simple repeating theme, accentuated by Jon Herrera's electric bass and the metronomic pulse of Bryan Bowman on Indian tabla.

Filled with wonder and exemplary performances, Room To Run is a fine introduction to Heulitt's singular voice and music.


Track Listing: Resurrected; Clearing; More In Time; Never Present; Upbeat; Song for Diane; 100 Years Ocean; Taken Down; Prelude; Time's Arrow; Fountain of Worth.

Personnel: Matthew Charles Heulitt: guitar; Jon Arkin: drums; Dan Feizli: acoustic bass (1, 2, 6, 8, 10); Jon Herrera: electric bass (4, 11); Kit Walker: keyboards (4, 10, 11); Joe Cohen alto saxophone ( 4, 11); Bryan Bowman: tabla (11).

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark F. Turner
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Before The Silence CD/LP/Track Review Before The Silence
by John Sharpe
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Process And Reality CD/LP/Track Review Process And Reality
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 24, 2017
Read Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1 CD/LP/Track Review Masters Legacy Series, Volume 1
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 24, 2017
Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read "Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package" CD/LP/Track Review Down Memory Lane 2 / Down Memory Lane Vol. 3, The Power Package
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 27, 2016
Read "Intersection" CD/LP/Track Review Intersection
by Mark Sullivan
Published: June 9, 2016
Read "District 6" CD/LP/Track Review District 6
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 12, 2016
Read "Live at the JazzRoom" CD/LP/Track Review Live at the JazzRoom
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 17, 2016
Read "Prick of the Litter" CD/LP/Track Review Prick of the Litter
by Doug Collette
Published: January 28, 2017
Read "Beginning of A Memory" CD/LP/Track Review Beginning of A Memory
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!