MATTHEW SILBERMAN, QUESTIONABLE CREATURES

There’s a euphoric groove that snakes its way through tenor saxophonist Matthew Silberman’s debut, “Questionable Creatures,” (DeSoto Sound Factory) and when it seizes your attention on tracks like “Ghost Of The Prairie” and “The Battle At Dawn,” you’ll recognize a band in perfect sync. The other six tunes, all of them original and involving, take full advantage of the leader’s concept that marries jazz with power chords and tonal rawness. To make this happen, Silberman’s tight-knit, piano-less ensemble features two guitarists (Ryan Ferreira and Greg Ruggiero) along with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Tommy Crane, a configuration that infuses the music with emotional texture and a genuine sense of adventure. The saxophonist plays with a thick, lush tone, Coltrane-like at times, but driven here by big beats and electrified rhythms. Ferreira weaves a hypnotic solo on “Mrs. Heimoff,” a fractious waltz with twisted riffs and surging sonics. Both guitarists alternate solos on “The Process,” a moody tune that flows with Silberman’s distinctive phrasing, and jointly dial up fuzz tones and psychedelic bliss on the closing track, “The Pharaoh’s Tomb.” Transplanted from Santa Monica, CA to Brooklyn, Silberman digests the contrast between east and west coast living to inspire his compositions and inform his group’s sound. And his artistic vision doesn’t limit itself to music. The album’s graphics display a colorful surrealist landscape and his interactive website is smartly designed to connect with fans in the same way that pop, rap and hip-hop artists do – the music video for “Ghost Of The Prairie” is a first class production rich in atmosphere and dark conspiracies. It’s an interesting brand launch and provides the perfect assist to make “Questionable Creatures” one of this year’s better progressive jazz recordings. 8 tracks; 56:23 minutes) More info here:  www.matthewsilberman.com
The "Ghost Of The Prairie" video

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JAZZ IN SPACE: MATTHEW SILBERMAN, QUESTIONABLE CREATURES

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MATTHEW SILBERMAN, QUESTIONABLE CREATURES

There’s a euphoric groove that snakes its way through tenor saxophonist Matthew Silberman’s debut, “Questionable Creatures,” (DeSoto Sound Factory) and when it seizes your attention on tracks like “Ghost Of The Prairie” and “The Battle At Dawn,” you’ll recognize a band in perfect sync. The other six tunes, all of them original and involving, take full advantage of the leader’s concept that marries jazz with power chords and tonal rawness. To make this happen, Silberman’s tight-knit, piano-less ensemble features two guitarists (Ryan Ferreira and Greg Ruggiero) along with bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Tommy Crane, a configuration that infuses the music with emotional texture and a genuine sense of adventure. The saxophonist plays with a thick, lush tone, Coltrane-like at times, but driven here by big beats and electrified rhythms. Ferreira weaves a hypnotic solo on “Mrs. Heimoff,” a fractious waltz with twisted riffs and surging sonics. Both guitarists alternate solos on “The Process,” a moody tune that flows with Silberman’s distinctive phrasing, and jointly dial up fuzz tones and psychedelic bliss on the closing track, “The Pharaoh’s Tomb.” Transplanted from Santa Monica, CA to Brooklyn, Silberman digests the contrast between east and west coast living to inspire his compositions and inform his group’s sound. And his artistic vision doesn’t limit itself to music. The album’s graphics display a colorful surrealist landscape and his interactive website is smartly designed to connect with fans in the same way that pop, rap and hip-hop artists do – the music video for “Ghost Of The Prairie” is a first class production rich in atmosphere and dark conspiracies. It’s an interesting brand launch and provides the perfect assist to make “Questionable Creatures” one of this year’s better progressive jazz recordings. 8 tracks; 56:23 minutes) More info here:  www.matthewsilberman.com
The "Ghost Of The Prairie" video

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