The countdown 2017 | Matthew Stevens

'Opening with a distant glow of synths and a dissonant, strobing pattern on acoustic guitar, it leads to a melody suffused with unhurried grandeur. Archer and Doob keep the motor humming at an unpredictable frequency, and Stevens reels off a calmly self-assured solo.' (Nate Chinen)

So the praise for Matthew Stevens' second album, Preverbal, begins. Matt tours regularly with Esperanza Spalding (who appears on a track), yet clearly has his own uique vision of what Jazz can be. Virtuosic, Shape Shifting, and visceral are all used to describe this kinetic exploration of harmony and rhythm as Stevens bridges his garage band past with the present. Recorded without charts, Preverbal features Eric Doob on drums and Vicente Archer on bass.