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CD REVIEW: Matt Jorgensen + 451 - Quiet Silence
By Ben Ohmart - 08/03/2002 - 12:33 PM EDT

Artist: Matt Jorgensen + 451
Album: Quiet Silence
CD Review: This reviewer remembers, with fondness, the previous release from Matt and his 451 crew. They always seemed like a band of rehearsed pirates who were forever on the lookout for that elusive bridge that was built somewhere between the lands of Smooth and Contemporary, on that wide continent we call simply, Jazz.

And now they return, led by a drummer, still sailing those same seas they know so well. On the way they'll stop off to jam some classics from Coltrane and Bacharach. But they've also picked up some rebellious spirit on this release. Going after a pop classic like the Beatles' 'Tomorrow Never Knows' is rather daring. But they pull it off without resorting to a lot of tricks or inaccessible acid chords. Deep, soothing stuff - all 9 tracks - with just enough crunch.

The players:

Mark Taylor - saxophones
Rob Davis - saxophones
Marc Seales - fender rhodes
Phil Sparks - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums
Gregg Keplinger percussion
Aslan Rife percussion

To steal a little from the Jorgensen bio: Matt has performed at the J.V.C. Jazz Festival and the Panasonic Village Jazz Festival, at the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington, Vermont, and at Seattle's prestigious Bumbershoot Festival of the Arts. He's performed alongside the likes of Ray Bryant, Larry Goldings, Joey Calderazzo, Joanne Brackeen, Julian Priester and Eric Alexander. And when you hear the latest mellow cd, you'll know why.

The music:

Everything In It's Right Place
Quiet Silence
The Look of Love
Ballad For John
Tomorrow Never Knows

Jazz lovers, this one is very much worth getting. Maybe you should buy from the record site too, and save a little.

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