Matt Steckler — Persiflage
(Innova 644, 2005, CD)
by Sean McFee, Published 2006-05-01Matt Steckler is a woodwind player (alto sax, flute) who previously has played in the group Dead Cat Bounce. Persiflage is his debut solo release with a group of fine New York City jazzers on trombone, piano, bass, and drums. He definitely picks his friends well, as these guys are more than able to keep up with and compete with him. All compositions are Steckler’s, and my favorite sections involve expressive punctuations of sound from the flute supported by the trombone and piano. Stylistically this is all over the map, often recalling the mid-60s Miles Quintet but with a strong taste of the blues, and even a bit of ragtime in the piano to my ears. “Episodo pa’ Osmany,” with a guest on congas, has a real Afro-Cuban feel to it. A surprisingly traditional recording to appear on Innova, Persiflage demonstrates how jazz can stay fresh without clearing the room, in the spirit of Steve Coleman and similar artists.
Related artist(s): Matt Steckler
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more