Drummer Matt Wilson must surely be in the running for the title of hardest-working man in jazz. Wilson is a composer, bandleader, producer and teacher. As a leader, his projects include the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts & Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. He has been in bands with luminaries such as Joe Lovano
, John Scofield
, Charlie Haden
, Lee Konitz
, Ted Nash
and many, many others. As for legends, he's played with Herbie Hancock
, Dewey Redman
, Andrew Hill
, Bobby Hutcherson
, Elvis Costello
, Cedar Walton
, Kenny Barron
, John Zorn
, Wynton Marsalis
, Michael Brecker
, Pat Metheny
, Bill Frisell
and Hank Jones
. With appearances on over 250 albums as a leader, co-leader or sideman, this list barely scratches the surface.
Lawrence Peryer spoke with Wilson at great length at the beginning of the new year, as it's been a particularly busy time for the veteran drummer. Trio M, his collective with pianist Myra Melford and bassist Mark Dresser, released The Guest House (Enja, 2011) this past November, the follow-up to 2007's acclaimed Cryptogramophone debut, Big Picture. This week also sees the release of An Attitude for Gratitude (Palmetto, 2012), Wilson's latest Arts & Crafts disc and the first to include Martin Wind replacing original bassist Dennis Irwin, who sadly passed away in 2008. And coming at the end of February is Webop: A Family Jazz Party Album (Jazz at Lincoln Center, 2012), inspired by WeBopan early childhood jazz education program produced in consultation with Columbia Teacher's Collegeand featuring a century-spanning repertoire that runs the gamut from New Orleans marches to free jazz anthems played by an all-star band led by Wilson that also includes trumpeter Marcus Printup, trombonist Vincent Gardner, singer/guitarist Doug Wamble, percussionist Candido Camero. Read all about these releases and more in Lawrence's extensive interview, Matt Wilson: Have Drums, Will Travel, today at AllAboutJazz.com
But there's more. To celebrate all this activity, AAJ has lined up a bevy of other features to make today Matt Wilson Day at All About Jazz:
1. Read Dan Bilawsky's insightful CD Review of An Attitude for Gratitude, also published today;
2. Read Troy Collins' equally perceptive review of Trio M's The Guest House, another Wilson feature appearing today at AAJ;
3. Download No Outerwear," a full track from An Attitude for Gratitude, Today's Free MP3;
4. Watch Arts & Craft perform guitarist Pat Metheny's The Bat," from the 2007 Elmhurst Jazz Festival, recorded prior to Dennis Irwin's passing a year later;
5. Check out a photo of Wilson, the first of three days where photos of the drummer will be AAJ's Photo of the Day.
All About Jazz is committed to bringing you the most extensive coverage anywhere, surrounding artists and their new releases, so be sure to check out all the buzz surrounding Matt Wilson, An Attitude for Gratitude and The Guest House today at AAJ!
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