A look inside The Jazz Gallery

Photo by Alex Chaloff.

Photo by Alex Chaloff.

Bassist Matt Brewer can really settle in to The Jazz Gallery this weekend. Before Brewer joins an all-star group lead by keyboardist John Escreet on Saturday evening, he will present two sets of varied music on our stage on Friday evening. Joined by longtime collaborators Damion Reid on drums and Mark Shim on saxophone & EWI, Brewer will present his musical ideas in solo, duo, and trio configurations. To get a sense of what Brewer can do in these contexts, check out the audio and video below.

Solo – Nardis

Nardis from Matt Brewer on Myspace.

Recorded for a radio show several years ago, Brewer’s take on this standard showcases his both his effortless technique and lyricism. He makes instrument spanning runs, yet always keeps the tune in the foreground, swooping into notes like a vocalist and phrasing with a sense of breath that’s hard to achieve on a percussive instrument.

Duo – March, with Ben Wendel

This stunning duet with multi-reedist Ben Wendel from Wendel’s “Seasons” project is a beautiful evocation of March. The instrumentation creates a wintry starkness, while Brewer’s buoyant groove points toward the blooming of spring.

Trio – Pure Imagination, with Steve Lehman and Damion Reid

Brewer teamed up with Damion Reid to form a powerhouse rhythm team for saxophonist Steve Lehman’s 2012 album, Dialect Fluorescent (Pi Recordings). Check out how their athletic propulsion creates a very different feeling of wonder from the wistful classic “Pure Imagination.”

Don’t miss the chance to see Matt Brewer’s deep musicianship on display in such a variety of settings this Friday at The Jazz Gallery.

Bassist Matt Brewer performs at The Jazz Gallery on Friday, October 14th, 2016. Mr. Brewer will be joined by Mark Shim on saxophone & EWI, and Damion Reid on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members). Purchase tickets here.