From the opening track, Slinky, it is apparent that Matt Jorgensen+451 has found the pulsating confidence that separates exceptional bands from mere good ones.
The follow-up to the critically acclaimed, Quiet Silence, Matt Jorgensen +451 releases their third studio recording entitled, Hope, a collection of nine original compositions (including the Hope Trilogy) and arrangements of Coldplay's God Put A Smile Upon Your Face and Charles Mingus' Fables of Faubus.
1. Slinky (Taylor/Jorgensen)
2. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face (Coldplay)
3. Hope, part 1 (Jorgensen)
4. Che (Otto)
5. Peacefulness (Jorgensen)
6. Hope, part 3 (Jorgensen)
7. Sanguine (Taylor)
8. Pack Sack (Jorgensen)
9. Fables of Faubus (Mingus
10. Ibrahymn (Burns)
11. Hope, part 2 (Jorgensen)
Mark Taylor - alto and tenor saxophones
Ryan Burns - fender rhodes, piano
Phil Sparks - bass
Matt Jorgensen - drums
Rob Davis - tenor saxophone (5)
Hans Teuber - tenor saxophone (1,4,7,10)
David Marriott - trombone (10)
Recorded July 28, 2003 at Studio X, Seattle, WA
Engineered by Reed Ruddy
Assisted by Sam Hofstedt
Additional recording at:
Supernatural Sound, Oregon City, OR, October 31, 2003
Engineered by Dean Baskerville
Avast Recording, Seattle, WA, December 8, 2003
Engineered by Troy Tietjen
Mixed December 9, 2003 at Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, WA
Engineered by Reed Ruddy
Assisted by Brian Valentino
Mastered December 23, 2003 at Seattle Disc Mastering, Seattle, WA
Engineered by Mark Guenther
Photography by Matt Jorgensen
Design by John Bishop/OriginArts
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
Do they still give out Grammy Awards for best cover art? If so, here's a nominee: a peaceful retriever in repose, chin on the floor, captured in a sanguine tone on Matt Jorgensen + 451's Hope. A great cover, of course, does not a successful CD make. It's the music. The music on Hope -- sax and rhythm section outing with additional sax on fi ...
Earshot Jazz (Peter Monaghan)
This marvelous quartet has just been named the 2003 Acoustic Jazz Group of the year in the Ear-shot Jazz Golden Ear Awards, and it's clear on this disc why they were accorded that popular vote. Jorgensen's 451 is as polished a band as any that we've heard in Seattle in quite some time. It exhibits that poised tension between discipline and abandonm ...
North Seattle Herald (Brian Kidd)
With the March 16 release of their latest album, "Hope," Matt Jorgensen+451 stand on the border of nostalgic reflection and future aspiration, peripherally looking back and forward. They pay tribute while propelling original compositions into innovative, cosmic sounds. Behind the drum kit is Matt Jorgensen, but it is the entire band that is beh ...
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
The fourth album from Matt Jorgensen's 451 group continues the line of somewhat traditional modern jazz (if that can be considered a proper name for the style) with a definite forward-thinking aspect built in. The album introduces itself with a groove-laden (and aptly named) "Slinky," powered in part by Phil Sparks' powerful bass, before moving int ...
All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Another drummer hanging out in the great Northwest is Matt Jorgensen. He and his band, 451, have previously released several recordings. Jorgensen borrows Mark Taylor from Steve Korn and features Korn's other saxophonist, Rob Davis on several cuts. Jorgensen employs a double saxophone front for the opening of this disc, "Slinky," giving the band a ...
The Oregonian (LYNN DARROCH)
This is not just another collection of intelligent contemporary jazz originals by a group of talented Pacific Northwest artists. It is one of more than 80 CDs produced by Origin Records, the prolific Seattle jazz label, publisher and presenting organization, and it is distinguished by the qualities that many of the label's products display: great w ...