Matt Jorgensen's 451 has succeeded in creating a hip, thoughtful, emotional and sincere jazz recording.
Matt Jorgensen's debut recording as a leader is for people who long for jazz with fully as much in the way of guts as brains. A drummer and composer of torrential passions, young enough to burn with the primal intensity of hard rock, old enough to demand the utmost musicality of himself and his colleagues, Matt is telling us that "the road begins here" for a new, uncompromised jazz reconciling powerhouse energy and haunting beauty.
1. From Nowhere to Here 7:17
2. No Quarter 9:38
3. Afterglow 6:17
4. Gingerbread Boy 7:30
5. Central Park West 4:43
6. For Tony 6:21
7. Teo 8:00
Produced by Matt Jorgensen
Production assistance: Rob Davis
Recorded March 8-9, 2000, at Ironwood Studios, Seattle, WA
Engineered by Floyd Reitsma
Mixed and Mastered March 27, 2000, at Current Sounds, New York, NY
Engineered by Bob Ward
Layout & Design by John Bishop / OriginArts
Cover photo by Melvin Waldo Bishop, Nice, 1962
Back photo by John Bishop, Lisbon, 1998
Inside photo by Eddie Mendes
New York Post, February 27, 2001 (Dan Aquilante)
Matt Jorgensen is an unusual jazzman. He is young, he runs his band from the drum kit, he knows when to give and when to take within a song and he hasa rock aesthetic that lends intensity to his improvisations for 'The Road Begins Here.' Sure, Jorgensen and company cover the expected numbers such as Miles Davis' 'Teo' and John Coltrane's 'Centr ...
Earshot Jazz (Michael Allison)
Drummer Matt Jorgensen's 451 band has had several incarnations with varying personnel over the past few years. What they have all shared is spirited and intelligent interpretations of well-chosen material. "The Road Begins Here" exemplifies Jorgensen's spirit as a leader on record with the most cohesive group to date. This is due in large part to g ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenburg)
This, the debut album from Matt Jorgensen as a bandleader is something to be heard. Within, he sets out with a trio of Seattleite players (Marc Seales off of his usual piano, Phil Sparks on bass, and Rob Davis on sax) to run through works from the greats of post-bop jazz (Miles, Trane) and a number of their own compositions, as well as a stray Zepp ...