It's a natural step but a bold one nonetheless when an artist moves from seasoned player in a band to composer and bandleader for their own project(s). Guitarist Matthew Stevens is proving both natural and bold as his sophomore release - PREVERBAL - is garnering attention world wide. Stevens played an integral role in Esperanza Spalding's 'Emily's D+Evolution' and has collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, and with Preverbal we hear HIS full vision. Nate Chinen at WBGO comments '(the music) advances the ideals of modern jazz even when, sonically speaking, it gestures in other directions.' Preverbal hits this Friday, and you can hear a taste of his collab with Esperanza on the ending track here, and if you are on the Apple Music jawn you can hear the whole album right now. Set your calendar for the release show with Corey King right here.
Matthew Stevens - Preverbal
'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.' So begins the description of Matthew Stevens new album, Preverbal, set for release worldwide on March 24th. The band is Matt, Eric Doob, and Vicente Archer with a special guest appearance from Esperanza Spalding. Check out what Spin and The Fader are saying, and tune in right here for a preview and preorder.
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