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Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph

by Matt Davis

A traditional string quartet with guitar, bass and drums set in the context of modern jazz, early twentieth century classical and improvised musical traditions.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living Stereo
9:39 $0.99
2. Aerial Photograph
10:06 $0.99
3. Moments
10:09 $0.99
4. It's Later Than You Think
8:26 $0.99
5. Benediction
7:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
I play guitar.
I grew up on classic rock - Hendrix, Neil Young, Beatles...
In high school I began listening to 50’s & 60’s jazz and fell in love with it. I studied it in college.
In college I got into classical music.
Musically, Aerial Photograph is something of all of these.

To me, Aerial Photograph means a lot; it’s all the music I value; it’s the guitar; the people I’ve known; my family; my view of life; and on and on - never ending. It’s everything.

I have been so fortunate to have been given the opportunity to use my instrument as a means to try to express my understanding of life. My hope is that some of the these feelings and thoughts impart themselves to those who have heard my music through Aerial Photograph, and that the music resounds within their own understandings of life.

Thanks a lot for checking out my site.




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Cassendre Xavier, CD Baby Artist

i like how thoughtful and mellow this is, yet still complex enough and very well written to be called jazz and classical composition. very impressive!
i'm a friend of Monica McIntyre's and can now hear your contribution to her first CD "Blusolaz" ( congratulations on your quickly growing visibility and success, Matt. by the way, i LOVE the name "arial photograph".

The Philadelphia Inquirer

gentle and melodic; takes chances and pulls off many creative moments.
A 2001 graduate of Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music, Davis takes jazz to some mysterious places on the handsome title track, which seems to borrow from Pat Methany. "Benediction" is gentle and melodic, and "Moments" is filled with free bowing from the strings and a ferocious opening solo from bassist Jeff Pedraz. The group takes chances and pulls off many creative moments.

The Philadelphia Weekly

In the past few years 24-year-old Temple alum Matt Davis has lent his guitar skill to a whole list of Philly jazz luminaries, including Odean Pope, Bobby Zankel, Dave Liebman and Billy Harper. His new septet, Aerial Photograph, takes all of the guitarist's jazz training and apprenticeship and applies it to a neoclassical sound composed for guitar, bass, drums, 2 violins, viola and cello. On the group's self titled debut, Matt Davis' Aerial Photograph, the band sounds a lot like such instrumental units as Clogs, the Rachels and the Kronos Quartet. And there's every reason to believe Davis can climb to similar heights.

A Fan from live in the Kimmel Center Plaza

Spacial music with some upbeat, even math rock, rhythms
Saw them live and bought the CD. Much of it has an aural, spacial wash-of-sound ambience. Then we get these extra beats thrown in for good measure, or violins plucking in unusual syncopation. The CD is the sextet - strings, upright bass, drums, and of course Matt picking on his pleasant electrified guitar. Seeing them live, they added six players - clarinet, flute, flugelhorn, trombone, saxophone, and an additional violin. I look forward to their next CD with this larger ensemble later this year 2004!