Matt Mitchell – Phalanx Ambassadors (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 45:34 minutes | 529 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Pi Recordings
Phalanx Ambassadors is the latest release from pianist/keyboardist/composer Matt Mitchell, whom Will Layman in PopMatters calls “the most complete and well-integrated improvising pianist of the last 15 years.” He also called his prior release, A Pouting Grimace (Pi 2017), “brilliant and varied… animated by breathtaking compositional imagination and startling arrangements.” Phalanx Ambassadors similarly features works that burst forth with intricate detail, featuring precise execution of multi-layered rhythmic material, adventurous harmonic exploration and otherworldly melodies. While rigorously structured, the music also leaves ample room for intertwining improvisation.