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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

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tony Barba: Blood Moon

Read "Blood Moon" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Madison-based saxophonist Tony Barba is a sonic chameleon, able to wrap catchy melodic themes around a variety of different genres. His ear for melodies is on full display on his newest outing for the Midwestern label Shifting Paradigm Records. In interplay with Chicagoan guitarist Matt Gold and the Madison-based rhythm section of John Christensen on bass ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Antoine Berjeaut: Moving Cities

Read "Moving Cities" reviewed by Emmanuel Di Tommaso

Moving Cities nasce dalla collaborazione tra il trombettista francese Antoine Berjeaut e il batterista e produttore chicagoano Makaya McCraven, entrambi esponenti di “rottura" e fra i più attivi delle proprie scene jazz di riferimento: Berjeaut ha portato una ventata d'aria fresca nel jazz di Francia grazie a una serie di progetti collettivi molto innovativi e a ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Greg Ward presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this CD saxophonist Greg Ward presents a new group, Rogue Parade, which features a front line with two guitarists, Matt Gold and Dave Miller, alongside Ward's alto. Such a configuration, combined with the graffiti-covered walls on the CD cover, suggests this band might work the slippery, interlocking street-funk path explored by Steve Coleman's groups with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Greg Ward: Stomping Off From Greenwood

Read "Stomping Off From Greenwood" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

"Metropolis," the genre-shifting, stomping, opening track on alto saxophonist Greg Ward's acrobatic sophomore disc, introduces his electric jazz vision with a bristling and nervy rock 'n' roll verve. It's anchored by the sprawling kinetic energy of Chicago's tireless rhythm duo of drummer Quin Kirchner and bassist Matt Ulery, and the cutting clarity and dissonance of guitarists ...


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