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Album Review

Despite the greats who spent time developing their craft in Seattle during a previous era (Ray Charles, Quincy Jones), today's Seattle jazz scene is a relatively young one compared to other, more established sounds. As such, perhaps it's fitting that fusion can play a part in it from time to time. Drummer Matt Jorgensen is one of those at the forefront of the fusion movement within the area, putting jazz and rock aesthetics together fluidly without focusing on fusion itself, and not coming across as heavy-handed as a result. This is effortless fusion: jazzers who happen to have a head for rock chord progressions; rockers who happen to inhabit jazz but veer away from the thrashing that fusion often devolves into. This is not the guitar-heavy sound of John McLaughlin-era fusion, with its electronic buzz. The only electronics here come in the form of Ryan Burns' organ playing. Even though there are covers of the Beatles and Neil Young here (which are both excellent), the real standouts are the original compositions, giving the bandmembers room to stretch out on their own terms rather than fitting into the framework of a classic. These are musicians who want to create something new, and succeed greatly.

Customer Reviews

Matt Jorgensen is amazing!

A great album from a truly great jazz combo... i love it all! If you're looking for true talent, its right here.

Pushing Things Forward

I had the pleasure of hearing Matt along some fantastic local musicians at a school function recently, and they blew me away. I would suggest this CD to anyone who is a fan of music that really moves the genre forward.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

Drummer Matt Jorgensen first appeared on the scene with The Road Begins Here, a moody and introspective work that showed him tackle his own atmospheric arrangements as well as covers ranging as far out of the jazz field as Led Zeppelin. Released in 2001, the album marked his introduction to the jazz world. Teaming with backing group 451, Jorgensen came back the following year with the equally...
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Another Morning, Matt Jorgensen + 451
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Rock
  • Released: Mar 18, 2008

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