Matt Wilson’s Arts & Crafts
Coming from Knoxville/Illinois the drummer Matt Wilson headed –via Boston- to New York to share his talent with the world. Wilson played with Dewey Redman for many years. In 2001, together with his band Arts & Crafts, he commenced his subversively ironic and artfully profound play with American traditions.
“Accentuating the positive” read the headline of a portrait released by the Downbeat magazine, certifying ‘M@’ Wilson “humour, exuberance and a grandiose talent on the drums”. It described Wilson as the nice boy from next door, whose most unusual character trait is the absence of any bitterness, a rare occurrence looking at the difficulties that characterise so many jazz careers.
His pieces almost burst with the joy of living, individual passion and a lively curiosity for each single musical moment. He is at his best when playing conventional jazz which is always new, spontaneous, and – in the best sense of the word – amusing.
Terell Stafford trumpet
Garry Versace accordion, organ, piano
Dennis Irwin bass
Matt Wilson drums