Matthew Stevens

Matthew Stevens

Wed, September 20, 2017

8:30 pm

Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10.00 - $15.00

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Matthew Stevens
Matthew Stevens
Guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens has released his second album as a bandleader, ‘Preverbal,’ March 24th on Ropeadope and in Canada on Crystal Math Music Group (Metric, Grimes). ‘Preverbal’ is a visceral statement, a kinetic exploration of harmony and rhythm driven by Stevens’ masterful playing and singular melding of elements of experimental, jazz and rock. The album blooms and disintegrates over 8 original songs that are immersive and muscular, dark and joyous. ‘Preverbal’ was recorded with Stevens’ core band of Eric Doob on drums and Vicente Archer bass, plus synthesizer and deft touches of sound manipulation and studio craft. It also features a soaring guest vocal appearance from Esperanza Spalding on album closer “Our Reunion.”

Album opener “Picture Window” was recently unveiled via a glowing write-up from critic Nate Chinen at NPR/WBGO. He says the music “advances the ideals of modern jazz even when, sonically speaking, it gestures in other directions.” He continues, “Stevens is not the sort of improviser to show you all of his cards, or even reveal his intentions: he prefers an air of alluring intrigue, down to the way the track ends."

Stevens’ sophomore album as bandleader comes on the heels of a big 2016: He played an integral role in the recording and sound of Esperanza Spalding’s ‘Emily’s D
+Evolution’ - one of the best albums of the year - and toured the globe as part of her power trio. He’s also collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, acting as his musical
director, performing on all of his recordings and composing music. ‘Preverbal’ is the fully realized vision of this in-demand collaborator and band mate, the culmination of a decade spent lending an important voice to his many projects and as a bandleader.

“Of the young guitarists on New York’s jazz scene, few are
as highly tipped as Matthew Stevens.” – NPR
Venue Information:
Constellation
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618