Matt Marshak’s 5th major release and first concept album celebrates the late night experience, where city streets merge with a soulful vibe long after the work day is long over… where after parties begin to bustle to jazz grooves for an urbane mood.
A soulful mix of Matt's trademark late night urban groove, cuban tinged funk, straight up soul, down home blues, contemporary jazz, and even some pop for good measure. Defining a new era in instrumental and jazz music.
"I was transported to beautiful, treacherous emotional terrain." - Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Portland-based singer/songwriter Matt Alber is currently touring his 4th self-produced studio album entitled, Wind Sand Stars. The album features original pop/folk art songs rooted in melody with vocals reminiscent of Rufus Wainwright, Iron & Wine, and John Grant.
The liner notes for Urban Grooves describe Joe Chambers as "a good jazz drummer." Actually, he's more than good; he's an excellent jazz drummer who also knows his way around the vibraphone and the marimba. Not every album that Chambers has appeared on is great, but his skills as a musician certainly are. One thing Chambers isn't, however, is a terribly forceful drummer; he knows when to hold back. Chambers doesn't have quite as gentle a touch as Shelly Manne, but he isn't as aggressive as Art Blakey or Art Taylor either. Recorded in March 2002 – when Chambers was three months away from his 60th birthday – Urban Grooves underscores his intuitive, insightful nature. This acoustic-oriented post-bop date finds Chambers leading an all-star quintet that boasts Gary Bartz on alto and soprano sax, Eric Reed on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Bobby Sanabria on percussion – and Chambers.