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Matt Piet

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Matt Piet is an improvising pianist and composer based in Chicago, IL. He is co-leader of the trio Four Letter Words and the "Piet" of the trio Rempis/Piet/Daisy. After his studies in straight-ahead jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, Piet shifted gears and began playing mostly improvised music. An active participant in Chicago's vibrant jazz and improvised music scene, Piet has recorded in trio, duo, and solo contexts, which can all be found via his website: mattpietmusic.com.

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Article: Album Review

Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Volumes & Surfaces

Read "Volumes & Surfaces" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Damon Smith might be the hardest working man in show business. Free-jazz show business, that is. If there is a performance or recording somewhere in the States or Europe, there is a very good chance his double bass is in attendance. You name an improvising artist and he's recorded with them, from Roscoe Mitchell to Joe ...

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(pentimento)

Label: Amalgam Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: Only a Phase; Alt Man; Swipe Left; Hands of Time; A (whole) Nother Thing; Fluster-Cuck; 750 ml; Held Hostage; Danse Macabre; Incensed; to Elijah; Say On; The Power and the Freedom; Memento Mori; Plod On As One.

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Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Kevin Press


In the notes that accompany this remarkable new album from Chicago improv pianist Matt Piet, he writes that he ..."needed to learn how to give again." With remarkable frankness, Piet describes a kind of breakdown in 2018. After years of mental health challenges and substance abuse (his words), it was the passing of another great avant-gardist ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet, Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’

Read "Kari Ikonen, Matt Piet,  Alberto Pinton & Some New Year's Eve Dancin’" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Faced with a New Year's Eve show, this one was extended by two hours, and the last three veered off into dancin' territory. There were some new releases sampled though. In hour one, Finnish pianist Kari Ikonen displays his considerable talents and his “maqiano" for playing Arabic half-tones, on his solo excursion Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions, ...

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Article: Album Review

Matt Piet: (pentimento)

Read "(pentimento)" reviewed by Mark Corroto


It goes without saying that 2020, year one of the global pandemic, was oppressive and overwhelming at times. Nearly everyone in their individual isolation came to recognize what has been lost and, hopefully, identify the resilience of the human spirit. One could argue the hardest hit were musicians, where touring and performing for an audience, and ...

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Article: Album Review

Four Letter Words: Pinch Point

Read "Pinch Point" reviewed by Mark Corroto


What is the difference between unbalanced and off balance? Very little, if you listen to Four Letter Words' Pinch Point, the trio's third release, after Blow (Amalgam, 2015) and Radio Silence (Amalgam, 2015). Unbalanced can mean both “disturbed" and “demented." Certainly the seven improvisations presented here can be a bit disturbing, meaning the music seeks no ...

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LIVE IN CHICAGO

Label: MATTPIETMUSIC mattpiet.bandcamp.com
Released: 2018
Track listing: From: Live At Constellation Improvisation One Improvisation Two Improvisation Three From: at the Hungry Brain A Tad Forward Aluminum Ally Trialogue Assembly Required Shan't Be Gone Long From: Live at Elastic Arts I IIa IIb Iic

Album

Rummage Out

Label: Clean Feed Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Lost & Found; The Last Place You Look.

Album

Throw Tomatoes

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2018
Track listing: To Play Is The Thing; The Thousand Natural Shocks.


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