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Matt Wilson: Utility Player

Matt Wilson (photo: Jimmy Katz)
Matt Wilson (photo: Jimmy Katz)

Drummer Matt Wilson’s musical sensibility lies somewhere between the country and the city, the sublime and the superfluous, the avant-garde and the mainstream. Since he broke through in 1996, the jazz and mainstream media have been effusive in their praise for Wilson’s home-style music, which brings together a wide range of influences, from country-western songwriter Roger Miller to Ornette Coleman.

Trusted sideman of Dewey Redman, Lee Konitz and Cecil McBee, and veteran of countless early tours with Boston’s Either/Orchestra, Wilson earned a reputation for good humor and excellence on the bandstand that culminated in his being voted Best New Artist for 1997 by the New York Jazz Critics Circle.

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