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by Matt Slocum

New York jazz drummer/composer's debut recording featuring Gerald Clayton, Massimo Biolcati and special guests Jaleel Shaw, Walter Smith III, and Dayna Stephens.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Homage
6:05 album only
2. Cambria
6:03 album only
3. Daydream
6:23 album only
4. Shadows
6:57 album only
5. For Alin
5:20 album only
6. Seven Stars
7:59 album only
7. Portraits
4:31 album only
8. Illusions and Delusions
4:10 album only
9. Avenida del Paraiso
5:28 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Liner notes by Peter Erskine:
According to the Mirriam-Webster Dictionary, jazz is an “American music developed especially from ragtime and blues and characterized by propulsive syncopated rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, varying degrees of improvisation, and often deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre.” Okay, not bad. But having come of musical age during a time when the very meaning and substance of what constituted “jazz” was controversial at the very least, the question of pedigree as well as common ground relating to the music has always been of interest to me. All to say that it can be stated with certainty that the Matt Slocum album you’re listening to is a real “jazz” record.

Originally hailing from New Richmond, Wisconsin, Matt came out west to seek his musical fortune in the form of studying at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music with me as well as professors John Clayton and Alan Pasqua. After graduating in 2004 and touring with vocalist Sara Gazarek for three years, Matt made the seemingly essential move for any young jazz musician to New York City in the fall of 2007. His bi-coastal list of credits already includes such names as Shelly Berg, Seamus Blake, Alan Broadbent, Bill Cunliffe, Josh Nelson, Larry Koonse, Wynton Marsalis, Alan Pasqua, Bob Sheppard, and Anthony Wilson. We can also add the names of the stellar musicians who accompany Matt on his debut album as a leader: Gerald Clayton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, plus Massimo Biolcati and Jaleel Shaw.

Matt Slocum is a total swinger. He “gets” Philly Joe Jones and Roy Haynes as good as any other drummer I know, and has managed to infuse his drumming with his own style ~ the man has found his drumming voice, and at an early age! Talent and hard work. Matt was always one of my favorite students at USC. Matt’s jazz credentials seem to be in order. Names and university degrees don’t say it all, however. The bottom line qualification for any jazz endeavor is that the music has to swing.

This record swings.

It is also a highly compelling musical piece of work (like, dig the mallets-on-drums solo Matt plays on “Daydream” … THAT’S what I’m talkin’ about!).

Kudos to all of the musicians. I’ll refrain from offering a blow-by-blow description, music speaks best for itself, and Matt can tell you more about his compositions. I will say, however, that as “musical” as this album is, it is not drum solo shy by any means. Matt steps out as well he should, both as a player as well as a composer.

I’m super proud of him and am really digging listening to this mighty fine jazz album.

Peter Erskine
Santa Monica, CA



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