Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Matt Wilson with The Jazz Video Guy
Many who know me well already know that one of my inspirations for this blog comes from the work that Bret "The Jazz Video Guy" Primack has done with with his features that he posts regularly to Youtube. I'm also a big fan of drummer Matt Wilson and was very fortunate to study with Matt during a study project sponsored by the Canada Council for The Arts in 2004. So I was quite excited to see that Bret recently released an inspiring episode featuring drummer Matt Wilson. Matt is always a chalk full of inspiration and words of musical wisdom. Check this out:
Matt is a dynamic voice in the Jazz drumming world today. His playing embodies a spirit that, I think, we should all strive for as contemporary Jazz artists.
A quote by Winston Churchill, I think, sums up perfectly what a musician like Matt Wilson represents:
"Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
*Thanks to DJD visionary Vicki Adams Willis who showed me that one...
Matt is always looking forward and as far as he's concerned there is no "box" however the depth of his playing also demonstrates a real reverence, knowledge and respect for all the things that make Jazz music what it is.
Anyways, here's a few ones of Matt Wilson in action with an all-star cast from a European performance (where he demonstrates those qualities so eloquently):