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Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi)

Matt Mitchell’s vision is a model of wonky brilliance. The magnitude of his personal and artistic ambition has been stated clearly enough on previous Pi productions and through many other wildly unique associations, but recordings like this remind us that he’s always brewing something fresh.  Leading a quintet through hyper-specific hinterlands, Mitchell revels in the act … Read More “Matt Mitchell: Phalanx Ambassadors (Pi)”

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Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace (Pi)

Why has Matt Mitchell become the go-to pianist for so many jazz artists on the fringe? His output provides the best answers, by highlighting a broad skill set and a paradoxical musical makeup that blends rigorous organization and free will in fluid proportions. Whether investigating Bird with Rudresh Mahanthappa, exploring biology through sound with Steve … Read More “Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace (Pi)”

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Matt Mitchell: Førage (Screwgun)

When Tim Berne played Philadelphia in 2009, the opening act was Matt Mitchell, a then-obscure pianist who blew Berne away by performing an entire set of the saxophonist’s compositions for solo piano. Soon after that gig, Berne enlisted Mitchell for his band Snakeoil, a confident ensemble that has allowed Berne’s writing to become increasingly elliptical … Read More “Matt Mitchell: Førage (Screwgun)”

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Matt Mitchell: Fiction

Matt Mitchell’s name began popping up on jazz radar screens around three years ago. His sideman work is distinctive and strong on notable records like Tim Berne’s Snakeoil and Dave Douglas’ Be Still. In 2011, the New York Times named him one of “Four Young Pianists on the Rise in the Jazz Scene.” It is … Read More “Matt Mitchell: Fiction”

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