Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

6

Matt Mitchell: Vista Accumulation

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Growing up in a neighborhood, how do you get from, "Hey you kids, get off of my lawn!" to "Congratulations, Mr. Mitchell, on your son winning the Doris Duke Impact award and being named a Pew Fellow"? We are talking about the musical, not the suburban neighborhood here and in seemingly a blink of an eye, pianist Matt Mitchell is ubiquitous.

His keyboard touch can be heard in the ensemble Snakeoil led by Tim Berne, Rudresh Mahanthappa's Birdcalls, Dave Douglas' quintet, and in the Darius Jones Quartet. He is also on call for artists like Mario Pavone, Anna Webber and John Hollenbeck. The reason for his employment by all of the above talented composers themselves, is Mitchell's own musical choreography, as evidenced on his previous disc Fiction (Pi, 2013). There he presented 15 mostly short musical études in duo with drummer Ches Smith.

On Vista Accumulation he expands on his own writing making his music into lengthy intricate forays into new composition and jazz improvisation. Listening, you may wonder how Mitchell and, vicariously, you have arrived at this place. His music draws from his experiences with the band leaders mentioned above, especially Berne, Mahanthappa and Webber. Berne's touch can be heard in parts of the opener "Select Your Existence" and "Utensil Strength." Perhaps that is why he employs saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed here, a former member of Berne's band Bloodcount. Then there is also drummer Dan Weiss, a fine composer in his own right, and bassist Chris Tordini.

Each piece is a mini-symphony, with a coordinated organic growth. Mitchell writes music that is sometimes crowded, sometimes elegantly simple. What is evident here is that the pianist was intent on creating a major statement—one that cannot be simply background sound. The experience here requires a committed concentration, which is warranted by the rewards of that consideration.

Track Listing: Disc 1: Select Your Existence; All the Elasticity; Numb Trudge; ‘twouldn’t’ve. Disc 2: Utensil Strength; Wearing the Wig of Atrophy; Hyper Pathos; The Damaged Center

Personnel: Matt Mitchell: piano; Chris Speed: tenor sax and clarinet; Christopher Tordini: bass; Dan Weiss: drums.

Title: Vista Accumulation | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Pi Recordings

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Multiple Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Forage

Forage

Screwgun Records
2017

buy
Vista Accumulation

Vista Accumulation

Pi Recordings
2016

buy
Vista Accumulation

Vista Accumulation

Pi Recordings
2015

buy
Fiction

Fiction

Pi Recordings
2014

buy
Fiction

Fiction

Pi Recordings
2013

buy

Upcoming Shows

Date Detail Price
May24Fri
Matt Mitchell
O2 Academy Islington
London, UK

Related Articles

Read LE10 18-05 Album Reviews
LE10 18-05
By Karl Ackermann
May 20, 2019
Read Remembering Miles Album Reviews
Remembering Miles
By Dan McClenaghan
May 20, 2019
Read Merry Peers Album Reviews
Merry Peers
By Bruce Lindsay
May 20, 2019
Read Music! Music! Music! Album Reviews
Music! Music! Music!
By Doug Collette
May 20, 2019
Read Sheer Reckless Abandon Album Reviews
Sheer Reckless Abandon
By John Kelman
May 19, 2019
Read Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z Album Reviews
Gratitude: Stage Door Live @ the Z
By Jack Bowers
May 19, 2019
Read To My Brothers Album Reviews
To My Brothers
By Victor L. Schermer
May 19, 2019