An Interview with Matt Wilson

Jul 8, 2012

A prolific recording artist,  drummer Matt Wilson has appeared on over 250 records. Touring and performing worldwide,  he  performed recently at the Iowa City Jazz Festival with Mumbo Jumbo: A Tribute To Paul Motian.

Matt Wilson's exceptional drum artistry has been featured on the Last Call for many years. A master of the  unexpected, Wilson is always a delight to hear as a sideman or bandleader. Matt Wilson has worked with Dena DeRose in recent years as her drummer on several recordings. As a sideman with bands such as led by Dena DeRose, Charlie Haden, Jane Ira Bloom and many others, he has made an impact on record and live dates as a drummer who steers the rhythm towards the unpredictable, while being totally accessible. He leads the Matt Wilson Quintet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and the Carl Sandburg Project. Wilson's Arts and Crafts band has released three records of note featured on Last Call: 2004's Wake Up! (To What's Happening),  2006's The Scenic Route and 2009's That's Gonna Leave A Mark. On  this most recent effort Wilson and Co. take the listener on another freewheeling ride to the frontiers of jazz. With Andrew D’Angelo-alto saxophone, bass clarinet; Jeff Lederer- tenor & soprano saxophone, clarinet and Chris Lightcap- acoustic and electric bass, Wilson skillfully navigates between reflective ballad artistry ("Come and Find the Quiet Center")and sonic burners("Area Man"). Special guests the Swayettes and the Wilson Family Singers contribute on a spirited reading of War's "Why Can't We Be Friends" which closes out this highly recommended disc. 

Additionally, Wilson is a gifted composer, bandleader, producer and educator.  For more information you may visit Matt's website at: