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Matt Penman: Catch of the Day

If there’s a criticism to be made of bassist Matt Penman’s new outing (his first in four years), it might be that the album is too thoughtful. But then that’s hardly a criticism. The nine tunes that constitute Catch of the Day could be described as exercises in complex simplicity: Each song has at its core a very simple idea, but Penman’s quartet builds and builds on each small foundation to create something far more elaborate.

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