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Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

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Album Review

Drummer Matt Wilson's 2010 holiday-themed album Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O is an inspired and creative effort that balances a cheerful, festive vibe with progressive, avant-garde flair. Joining Wilson here are longtime bandmates reedman Jeff Lederer and bassist Paul Sikivie. Taking on such yuletide chestnuts as "Winter Wonderland," "Christmas Time Is Here," "O Come O Come Emmanuel," and "I'll Be Home for Christmas," Wilson's trio avoids much of the stale predictability of many similarly themed efforts by treating the material as pure jazz. In that sense, such songs as "The Chipmunk Song," "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch," and the gloriously skronky "Hallelujah Chorus" bring to mind a mix of the bluesy, motivic style of Sonny Rollins and the experimental, forward-thinking free jazz of David S. Ware. For collectors searching for holiday albums that are left of center and for hardcore jazz aficionados, Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O is a welcome stocking stuffer.

Customer Reviews


This is destined to be a classic! It is a remarkable album as a release in general. The Hallelujah Chorus is just incredible! Another gem from Wilson; what an imaginative artist.

Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O

Cool and Fresh.

Dynamically Cheery!

I bought this to play at my Christmas Party....perfect set of tunes for a swingin' holiday!


Born: September 27, 1964 in Knoxville, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Flexible, subtle drummer Matt Wilson gained a strong reputation with his debut recording as a leader, a 1996 set for Palmetto that prominently features tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman. Wilson started playing drums in grade school; he studied at Wichita State University and spent time in the Midwest, both as a freelancer and as a teacher. In 1987 he moved to Boston, where he was soon playing with the Either/Orchestra and the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet. In 1992 Wilson relocated to New York, where he has...
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