Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski: Gathering Call
Matt Wilson spends the bulk of his time serving as one of the most propulsive and creative drummers in jazz today, tempering his dead-serious sticksmanship with a wicked sense of humor that often shows up in his music. He is constantly in demand by all manner of players but heâ€™s also a prolific leader, and for this latest release, heâ€™s appended his quartet (now featuring the fine cornetist Kirk Knuffke) with keyboardist John Medeski on piano. The result, not surprisingly, is swinging, full of surprises, a bit giddy and occasionally verging on a good kind of chaos. Wilson likes to draw from diverse sources, and here, that means everyone from Duke Ellington (the opening â€śMain Stemâ€ť) to BeyoncĂ©, whose â€śIf I Were a Boyâ€ť transitions into a slushy near-dirge blues that does the song a world of good.