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After several years of hearing his dad playing the guitar around the house and of being enthralled with Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the virtuosic piano stylings of the late Johnny Costa on Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Matt Nelson asked his parents for piano lessons at the age of 5. It was only a year later when he met lifelong friend and musical companion, future drummer and audio engineer, Matt Nischan. As kids, the two Matts spent hours jamming, attempting to pick out melodies and beats from current rock and pop songs and various Nintendo games by ear. At age 13, Nelson hit an impasse with his piano studies and began studying jazz with pianist Tara Singer

Decomposing Force

Label: NNA Tapes
Released: 2020
Track listing: Brutal Kings; Nythynge; The Weight of Literacy; Cold Seep.

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Grid: Decomposing Force

Read "Decomposing Force" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A lot of recognisable names and musical micro climes run through the blood and wires of this aggressive three. Jimi Hendrix, Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, pure punk, death metal . . . need more? So, expect a hard, twisted, mad metal assault when you confront Decomposing Force, the second release of riotous pandemonium from ...

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Moppa Elliott: Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band

Read "Jazz Band/Rock Band/Dance Band" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Bassist Moppa Elliott is best known as the leader of the surrealistic jazz group, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, but his musical universe, encompassing work with symphony orchestras and new music ensembles, stretches much farther than that band's frantic music. This is reflected in this 2 CD set of Elliott leading three different types of ...

Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

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Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow: Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow

Read "Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Chicago-based saxophonist Shawn Maxwell has produced an excellent run of straight ahead CD releases in the past decade, sets like his two self-produced discs, Originals (2006) and Originals II (2008), and Maxwell's House (Chicago Session LTD, 2010) before he changed his game up with Shawn Maxwell's Alliance (Chicago Sessions LTD, 2015), a shift away from mainstream ...

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Aaron Koppel: Multiverse

Read "Multiverse" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The city of Chicago has always been a breeding ground for musicians looking to expand the horizons of their own art and the styles that they represent, so it should come as no shock that guitarist Aaron Koppel was born and raised in this Midwestern musical mecca. Koppel, who made his initial entrée into the world ...

Nostalgiamaniac

Label: Chicago Sessions
Released: 2011
Track listing: Infatuation; Closing the Door; Quiet Love (and Sunshine); The Epitome; Lady Luna; Longing For...; Revisited; Compliments; Matthew My Boy; Dave's Blues; Alternate Antioch; The Art of Suppression.

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Announcing the Winners of the "Matt Nelson - Nostalgiamaniac" Giveaway

Announcing the Winners of the "Matt Nelson - Nostalgiamaniac" Giveaway

Jill Hunter, Willa Luthi, Stephen Rose, Frank Creed and Richard Tucker, Congratulations! You're the lucky winners of the Chicago Sessions “Matt Nelson—Nostalgiamaniac“ giveaway. All About Jazz will contact you about claiming your prize. We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the contest and please visit Chicago Sessions for more releases. Enjoy the music! Your Friends ...

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Matt Nelson Trio: Nostalgiamaniac

Read "Nostalgiamaniac" reviewed by Alex Marianyi

According to The Oxford English Dictionary, nostalgia is defined as “a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past," and a maniac is “an obsessive enthusiast." Chicago pianist Matt Nelson embodies both qualities on Nostalgiamaniac. The sentimentality of his ballad playing and the keen musical citation of past generations of jazz musicians clearly display the conversation ...


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