Matt Brewer @ Small’s Monday 15th

The NYC jazz scene is packed with under-the-radar dudes who make plenty of wise moves but don’t get enough dap, and the bassist is one of ‘em for sure. As a player he’s perpetually adding insightful lines and extra oomph to whatever band he’s in; as a boss he’s recently been working a two-reed front line concept that’s fetching in its textural allure. 2014’s superb Mythology (Steeplechase) put Steve Lehman and Mark Turner up front, but this rare gig finds Greg Osby and Ben Wendel in the spotlight. Brewer’s tunes, like “Fighting Windmills, say, give them plenty of structural designs to mess around with. And if they romp through Ornette’s forever-enticing “Free,” you’ll hear the meaning of the term nu-bop unfold right in front of you.


Village VOICE



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