Guitarist Matthew Stevens Explores & Stretches Jazz Idioms

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Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Matthew Stevens

Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Matthew Stevens is a skilled sound manipulator, spinning delicate webs between jazz, rock, groove, and experimental music. The Toronto native's sophomore effort as a composer, Preverbal, combines acoustic elements, layered electronics and samples, and lingers in the fuzzy, glitchy shadowed areas inbetween. There's also a guest vocal appearance from jazz singer-bassist Esperanza Spalding, with whom he toured in 2016. Stevens has also collaborated extensively with Christian Scott, as his musical director, performing on all of his recordings and composing music. Stevens and his band join us in the studio to perform some of these tunes live.