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Matthew Stevens

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A leading artist of his generation, Grammy Nominated “Matthew Stevens’ singular style dissolves the demarcation lines between jazz, rock and ambient music.” (Mojo****) Stevens’ music is “honest and soulful” (Pitchfork) and is described as “music (that) advances the ideals of modern jazz”. (NPR) In addition to his critically acclaimed solo albums, Woodwork, Preverbal, Pittsburgh and In Common 1, 2 and 3 with Walter Smith III, Stevens’ songs and guitar playing are featured on over 70 albums including those by artists Christian Scott atunde Adjuah, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Douglas, Anna B Savage, Jamire Williams, Sean Jones, Linda May Han Oh, Harvey Mason, and Jany Green. Stevens has worked as a guitarist with producers Quincy Jones, Glen Ballard and Tony Visconti

Album

In Common III

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2022
Track listing: Shine; Loping; Oliver; Hornets; Orange Crush; After; Lite; For Some Time; Shutout; Reds; Variable; Prince July; Dust; Familiar; Misere.

Album

The Dark Fire Sessions

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: Intro; Chacarera; Wistful Road; 24-7; See You Again; New Flamenco; Novembro; Almost There; Before It Began; Anthem.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Guitarists in the Age of Isolation

Read "Guitarists in the Age of Isolation" reviewed by Geno Thackara


The Joel Newton Situation New Now Self Produced 2022 Since the first year of Covid had left everyone suddenly making music alone, of course it was inevitable that the trend of isolation albums would eventually give way to the out-of-isolation album as the world moved into partial circulation. For the Joel ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Matthew Stevens: on collaboration, production, gear and career

Read "Matthew Stevens: on collaboration, production, gear and career" reviewed by Leo Sidran


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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players

Read "Walter Smith III: Listen To The Young Players" reviewed by Leo Sidran


From an early age, Walter Smith III began taking music very seriously. “My first gig was playing at a McDonalds in jny:Houston]} with another saxophonist. I took a solo on &#147;Blue Bossa." It was terrible. People clapped, and I figured if I could get away with that and get applause, how could I fail?" <br /><br ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases

Read "Zoh Amba, Vincent Peirani, Kinan Azmeh, Tony Malaby & More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The beautiful debut album of an emerging artist like Zoh Amba, previously unreleased tracks from the legendary Village Vanguard concerts by Geri Allen, Charlie Haden, Paul Motian, the edgy new project by Vincent Peirani and the guitar saxophone interactions of Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens, Dave Gisler & David Murray, and Tony Malaby & Ben ...

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Article: Album Review

Walter Smith III & Matthew Stevens: In Common III

Read "In Common III" reviewed by Chris May


The third iteration of tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III and guitarist Matthew Stevens' In Common project is another delightfully lyrical and inventive affair. Each of the albums presents Smith and Stevens in the company of a different three-piece rhythm section. The first had vibraphonist Joel Ross, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Marcus Gilmore. The second had ...

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Article: Album Review

Alex Brown: The Dark Fire Sessions

Read "The Dark Fire Sessions" reviewed by Edward Blanco


Pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Alex Brown delivers his second solo album and follow up to his amazing debut album, Pianist (Sunny Side, 2010), with the audacious The Dark Fire Sessions comprised of nine superb original compositions of all rhythm-based music without horns or brass. The album contains a delicious taste of the Latin, Afro-Cuban and south ...

Album

Pittsburgh

Label: Whirlwind Recordings
Released: 2021
Track listing: Ambler; Purpose of a Machine; Buckets; Can Am; Foreign Ghosts; Northern Touch; Cocoon; Ending Is Beginning; Blue Blues; Broke; Miserere.


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