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Matt Clark

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Matt Clark is a guitarist/composer from Brighton, England. His career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as jazz and blues, alternative, experimental and electronic music. The past year of COVID and lockdown has been both testing and inspiring. Lack of live music and in-person collaboration has meant re-thinking musical output. Matt is currently working under the moniker Matt Clark Three: “Jazz influenced grooves. Mostly instrumental. Combining a love of lo-fi loops and samples, avant-garde jazz and influenced by the contemporary jazz scenes of New York and Chicago…” Originally conceived as a solo project, Matt is about to release a new album “One From Brooklyn” which, whilst primarily a solo effort, also includes collaborations with bassist Mark Wilson (Caaw, Underhound) and drummer Darren Beckett (Madeleine Peyroux, Lauren Hill) “The overall effect creates a dynamic sonic quality, as if a laid-back street-level musical trio were performing their own structured and improvised material but also incorporating the ephemeral swell of sounds around them…” - Jordan Penney on AllAboutJazz.com Matt began by playing bass guitar in school band Southern Tongue Business in the late 1980s, and played in various bands during his teens in and around the Midlands

Album

Sounds of the City

Label: Phonocene Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Existentialism for Trumpet; Back on North; Conversation #1 (Dispatches); Altercations; Conversation #2 (In Hari’s); Autobiography of a Poet; Traffic; Conversation #3 (Stray Cats).

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MC3: Sounds of the City

Read "Sounds of the City" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


MC3, a British trio led by guitarist Matt Clark, explores variations on the tradition of British free improvisation which have a more user-friendly form than normally heard in this music. That is largely due to Clark himself, who mostly plays twangy chords and melodic riffs instead of the disruptive stabs and skronks favored by pioneering British ...

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MC3: Sounds of the City

Read "Sounds of the City" reviewed by John Eyles


MC3 is the abbreviated name of the Matt Clark Trio, the current line-up of which is Clark on guitar, Charlotte Keeffe on trumpet or flugelhorn and James Edmunds on drums. A 2021 incarnation comprised Clark on guitar plus Julian Nicholas on saxophone and Darren Beckett on drums, while a self-produced 2020 MC3 album, North Of No ...

Album

One From Brooklyn

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Opening Gambit; Two Hours This Side; Exit Kennedy; Two Hours That Side; Hey Queens; Melancholia; Last Lost.

Album

Hopscotch

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Hop; Ops; Cot; Otch; Hopscotch.

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Opening Gambit

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Duration: 05:06

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Matt Clark Three: One From Brooklyn

Read "One From Brooklyn" reviewed by Mark Corroto


UK guitarist Matt Clark is a seasoned world traveler. In the pandemic year of 2020, he did not let the lockdown keep him from peregrination. He knows that to travel fast, you must travel light. Meaning without baggage, and this trio recording, One From Brooklyn, crosses the Atlantic without leaving his home studio. Clark, a musical ...

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Take Five with Matt Clark

Read "Take Five with Matt Clark" reviewed by AAJ Staff


Meet Matt Clark I'm a guitarist and composer from Brighton, England. My career has spanned 35 years, encompassing genres as broad as jazz, blues, alternative, experimental, and electronic music. The year of COVID-19 and lockdown has been both testing and inspiring. Lack of live music and in-person collaboration has meant rethinking my musical output. ...

Album

North Of No South

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: North Street 74; Chase On Kingsway; Meeting On Churchill; Goodbye Pinkie; North Of The Sea.


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