October 18th, 2009
Jeff Lederer (alto sax & bass clarinet), Kirk Knuffke (trumpet), Chris Lightcap (bass), and Matt Wilson drummer perform at the Earshot Jazz Festival Sunday night at the Seattle Art Museum
MATT WILSON QUARTET
Matt and his band performed with spunk and energy, entertaining and stretching the limits. As Jason Parker reacted ” Holy crap, Matt Wilson is the total package. He and he quartet embody all that is good about jazz music. So glad I caught their show at Earshot Jazz Fest tonight.”
“This Matt Wilson Quartet is dedicated to bringing the music to the people. We perform music that is not afraid to challenge and entertain. We have fun and so will you!” Such is the guiding philosophy of percussionist Matt Wilson’s longstanding and widely celebrated quartet.
Wilson’s playfulness and quirky sense of humor appear inseparable from the music itself. Wilson once explained his four children fully understand that the band is up there on stage playing in a sort of sandbox, just as they would. “There’s a deep sense of play in Matt Wilson’s quartet,” wrote Ben Ratliff of the New York Times. “It’s full of feints, slang, sentimentality and a peaceful lack of inhibition; its loose ensemble feeling has a grace born of practice… there’s a specific kind of gentle humor in this band, as there has been since its beginning, 13 years ago. The performance spills over with personality.”
Continue to read at Earshot Festival Guide