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Matt Gold

Matt Gold is a guitarist and composer based in Chicago, IL. His work pulls from diverse traditions of electric and acoustic music. Matt has given his guitar a good strum or two in venues across North America, Europe, and Asia, and has written music for films as well. His work has been praised for being “accessible, yet healthily unconstrained by genre and sure of its own identity” (UK Vibe) and for "combining the virtuosity and precision of a string quartet with the playfulness of small-group jazz" (Chicago Reader). In May 2020 Gold released his first solo record, Imagined Sky (Whirlwind Recordings), displaying his penchant for concise melody and a nuanced, exploratory palette of abstracted Americana


Article: Six Picks

November 2022

Read "November 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Ayanda Sikade Umakhulu Afrosynth Records 2022 There's both a satisfying sense of ease and a certain expressive urgency to the catchy melodies that South African drummer Ayanda Sikade spins around the minimally designed, extensively repeating structures on Umakhulu. Take the bluesy gospel concept behind opener “Medantsane" for example: Simon ...


Deciphering the Message

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: A Slice of the Top (AKA Sliced Off the Top); Sunset (AKA Son Set); When Your Lover Has Gone (AKA When You’ve Left Your Lover); Ecaroh (AKA Revlis); Tranquility (AKA Corner of the World); Wail Bait (AKA Wait Bail); Coppin’ the Haven (AKA At the Haven Coppin’); Frank’s Tune (AKA De’Jeff’s Tune); Autumn in New York (AKA Spring in Chicago); Monaco (AKA Monte Negro); Mr. Jin (AKA Mr. Gin); C.F.D. (AKA D.F.C.); Black Rhythm Happening.



Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Odds And Ends; Three Sages; Albedo; Viscous; Let's Grow Old Together; Big Ben; Im Alpental; Lady Of The lake; Naturally; The Feast is Forward.


Desafío Candente

Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2021


Blueprints Figure Two: New Designs

Label: OA2 Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Passion Dance; East to West; Shipmates; A Cidade do Vento; Looking Out Windows; Simone; The Musicianer; Beatrice; Keppard’s Kerchief (Live).


Imagined Sky

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2020
Track listing: Augusta Fairgrounds; Queen Anne; Crimes; Between the Four Seas; Truehearted; Dollarama; Always Starting Over; Petrichor; Bottom of the Barrel.


Blood Moon

Label: Shifting Paradigm Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Blood Moon; Hide Alerts; Rounding Up; Wishlist; Washed Up; The Hypnotist; Drifters; Monster; The Long Haul; Cut and Dry.


Article: Interview

Matt Gold: A Guitarist in Songwriter's Disguise

Read "Matt Gold: A Guitarist in Songwriter's Disguise" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Combining improvisational concepts with Americana aesthetics is one thing, but enveloping this blend in a songwriter approach is another story entirely. The first concept is common practice these days, the second however represents the unique character which the up and coming jny: Chicago-based guitarist Matt Gold has to offer on his compelling debut effort, Imagined Sky ...


Article: Interview

Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years

Read "Whirlwind Recordings: Celebrating 10 years" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This year London-based label Whirlwind Recordings is celebrating its 10th anniversary and looking back at a decade, during the course of which the label has grown to become an important brand in the jazz scene and beyond, with over 140 top-tier albums released under its name so far. The distinguished mark, which Whirlwind has established over ...


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