Matt Nelson : Nostalgiamaniac

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Sell date: 11/2010
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Matt Nelson - piano; Graham Czach - bass; Matt Nischan - drums. Recorded 6/6 and 6/13/2010. Produced by Nick Eipers and Matt Nelson. Engineered by Nick Eipers. REVIEWS: One of Downbeat Magazine's 'Best CDs of 2011' 4 Stars! ('Excellent') - Downbeat Magazine #6 in Neil Tesser's Top Ten Chicago Jazz Discs of 2010 One of's Top Chicago Recordings of 2010 #79 in Roots Music Report's Top 100 Jazz Albums of 2011 '...Nelson leads a piano trio, a hardly uncommon route, although a quartet would have provided a safety net... The opener, 'Infatuation,' dispels such concerns... My favorite track may be 'Lady Luna'... Nelson's reading demonstrates restraint, an impressive grasp of dynamics, and a nice crescendo at the end. Bassist Graham Czach's well-constructed solo also deserves props... As it turns out, the album's title is misleading - Nelson is looking forward, not backward. With chops, taste and an evolving repertoire, you can hardly blame him.' - Eric Fine, Downbeat Magazine 'On his impressive debut, Chicago pianist Matt Nelson distinguishes himself as a tasty player with a penchant for uncommon lyricism... The collection also includes three introspective pieces that showcase Nelson's crystalline touch and thoughtful approach to solo piano.' - Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine '...compositions that cover a lot of ground stylistically, and improvisations that tower above those of most other twentysomething pianists. His writing makes unusually good use of rhythm and tempo to define his melodies; his soloing reveals a tremendous control of dynamics and articulation. His improvised lines expand and deepen through the use of internal rhymes and implied harmonies, and he uses his command of accents and ornamentation to turn a mere rendition into an actual arrangement... a glorious debut from a pianist worth watching.' - Alex Marianyi, 'The sentimentality of his ballad playing and the keen musical citation of past generations of jazz musicians clearly display the conversation he's having with his own past, and his dedication to music... Without losing momentum in his constant foray into modernity, Nelson manages to remain firmly rooted in the rich tradition of jazz piano playing, at times sounding like a 1960s-era Herbie Hancock and at other times sounding like a current-day Brad Mehldau. He also accomplishes this by finding a stable blend of more contemporary sounding, ECM-like tunes ('Lady Luna,' 'Revisited') and straight-up, hard-swingin' tracks ('Compliments,' 'Dave's Blues'). Nelson maintains the balance by revealing his personal side through 'Matthew My Boy,' a song that his father wrote for him many years ago, and the maniac side with the opening track, 'Infatuation.'' - Neil Tesser, 'Young keyboard player Matt Nelson is one of the up-and-coming stars of the instrument in Chicago... Backed by long-time associates - drummer Matt Nischan and bassist Graham Czach, Nelson and his trio immediately leap into action on the energy-filled piano trio 'Infatuation' - an ever-shifting, highly-rhythmic composition... The brief and sensitive 'Closing the Door' (one of three Nischan compositions) bridges the way to the gently waltzing 'Quiet Love (And Sunshine)' - which displays Nelson's mature compositional style in it's fullest... Nostalgiamaniac is a satisfying release from a pianist who clearly has a bright future. ' - Brad Walseth, '...the thoughtful yet upbeat 'Matthew My Boy,' a piece transcribed for trio by Nelson from a tune his father composed on guitar for him when he was a child, the ensemble sounds almost like a chamber piece, while on loosely swinging 'Dave's Blues' the group demonstrates their funky hard bop chops... Czach's sensitive bass, both in his intensely complex improvisational flights and in group play, together with Nischan's quietly insistent drumming, complement Nelson's virtuostic pianism adding another dimension to this interesting album....a talented composer and pianist and his trio at the beginning of a career that, if this debut is any indication

Closing the Door
Quiet Love (And Sunshine)
The Epitome
Lady Luna
Longing For
Matthew My Boy
Dave's Blues
Alternate Antioch
The Art of Suppression