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An Attitude for Gratitude

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“Two bubbles found they had rainbows on their curves. They flickered out saying: “It was worth being a bubble, just to have held that rainbow thirty seconds,” recites drummer and bandleader Matt Wilson recites in his composition “Bubbles”. Inspired by the poem by Carl Sandburg, the song reflects the message of his 10th album as a leader for Palmetto Records.

An Attitude for Gratitude (February 14th / Palmetto) is the 4th album by the award-winning ensemble Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts, an extraordinary collective of musical personalities featuring Wilson, Terell Stafford (trumpet), Gary Versace (piano, organ and accordion) and Martin Wind ...

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Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O

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It was a snowy day in May when Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer and Paul Sikivie gathered at Maggie’s Farm recording studio to spread Christmas cheer. The result of that gathering is Matt Wilson’s Christmas Tree-O, a collection of everyone’s favorite holiday tunes that’s destined to be added to holiday music collections all over the globe.

Matt Wilson, drums, timpani, jingle bells
Jeff Lederer, soprano/tenor sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, piccolo, toy piano
Paul Sikivie, bass

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That’s Going to Leave a Mark

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Drummer and composer Matt Wilson describes his eighth record as a leader on Palmetto Records, That’s Gonna Leave a Mark, in terms of honesty and family. The first album by Wilson’s Quartet since 2003’s Humidity, Wilson views it as “getting a chance to have this great band record again!” Alongside Wilson, alto saxophonist D’Angelo, tenor saxophonist Jeff Lederer and bassist Chris Lightcap are all in fine form. All the members of the Quartet have played together since the late 1990s, though this marks Lightcap’s first recorded appearance with the group.

The intimate bond between all ...

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The Scenic Route

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“A band like this allows the music to go places and courageously goes along for the ride. While the destinations are of importance, how we get there is often what’s most rewarding. Smooth roads, bumpy roads, beautiful landscapes, weird detours and nice surprises all combine here for THE SCENIC ROUTE. We hope you enjoy the journey!” Matt comments about the recording.

Matt contributes four unique tunes including “The Scenic Route,” “25 Years of Rootabagas,” “Feel the Sway,” and “In Touch with Dewey.”

Also included are Ornette Coleman’s “Rejoicing,” Bobby Hutcherson’s “Little B’s Poem,” Pat Metheny’s ...

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Wake Up! (To What’s Happening)

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Wilson’s CD, Wake Up! (to what’s happening) is a return to his other creative ensemble, his Arts & Crafts band, which was last featured on their self-titled 2001 CD for Palmetto Records. That recording made many Best of 2001 lists, and this one likely will achieve the same distinction in 2004.

The band consists of Larry Goldings, piano & organ (a fellow Palmetto recording artist); Terell Stafford, trumpet; Dennis Irwin, bass & clarinet; and Wilson on drums.

Wake Up! marks Wilson’s 6th release for Palmetto.

The CD begins with Larry Goldings’ contribution, “Sticky Mack,” an upbeat swing number with a ...

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Album Cover for Smile

Matt’s 3rd CD on Palmetto Records features Andrew D’Angelo on alto sax and bass clarinet, Joel Frahm on tenor and soprano saxes and Yosuke Inoue on electric bass.

This CD includes originals by both Wilson and D’Angelo along with Monk and Coltrane.

“...chock full of music that should bring happiness to even the most sour and dour avant mavens.” - Michael Nastos, All Music Guide

“In the hands of lesser men, this type of cheeky humor might prove annoying, but Wilson and crew display a vibrancy that never comes off as self-serving. This band is for real.” - Amazon ...

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Album Cover for Humidity

Humidity is Wilson’s 5th recording on the Palmetto Label. Humidity marks a return for Wilson to The Matt Wilson Quartet, his most well-known quartet formation of two saxophones, bass and drums. The Matt Wilson Quartet (MWQ) is comprised of Andrew D’Angelo, alto saxophone & bass clarinet; Jeff Lederer; tenor & soprano saxophone & clarinet; and Yosuke Inoue, acoustic & electric bass.

Wilson started the Quartet in 1996 with the dream of forming a united, working band that could think and play in sync. And so they do as evidenced once again on Humidity.

Wilson composed all of the tunes on the recording ...

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Arts & Crafts

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“Arts and Crafts” is Matt Wilson’s 4th CD on Palmetto Records and the birth of his “Arts and Crafts” group.

This CD features Terell Stafford on trumpet, Larry Goldings on piano and Dennis Irwin on bass.

“Previous efforts with the Matt Wilson Quartet and with Dewey Redman have gained Wilson a left-of-center reputation, but on Arts and Crafts the drummer confounds expectations altogether.” - David Adler, All Music Guide

For his fourth Palmetto CD, Matt Wilson sends his regular quartet on a brief vacation and recruits Terell Stafford on trumpet, Larry Goldings on piano (not organ), and Dennis Irwin on ...

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Going Once, Going Twice

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“Going Once, Going Twice” marks the debut of The Matt Wilson Quartet.” This record features Andrew D’Angelo on alto sax and bass clarinet, Joel Frahm on tenor and soprano saxes and Yosuke Inoue on electric bass. Alto saxophonist Lee Konitz makes a guest appearance as well as Pete McCann and a very special appearance by guest auctioneer Ned Sublette.

Comprised mostly of originals the record also includes Pete Seeger’s, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”

Released in 1998.

Drummer Matt Wilson’s quartet (with Andrew D’Angelo on alto and bass clarinet, Joel Frahm on tenor and soprano, and bassist Yosuke ...

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As Wave Follows Wave

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Drummer Matt Wilson is one of the most inventive percussionists of the modern era. His eclectic way with the standard drum kit, as well as various percussion instruments and “found” sounds, is a marvel to behold. AS WAVE FOLLOW WAVE, Wilson’s first session as a leader, finds him in the company of three other unique musicians. Dewey Redman (saxophone) and Cecil McBee (bass) have both employed Wilson previously, and organist Larry Goldings shares Wilson’s youthful drive and exploratory qualities.

“This consistently surprising session is a gem that serves as a perfect introduction to the playing of Dewey Redman ...

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