Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes reviews  Matt DeMerritt, Fool’s Journey

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Ken Franckling’s Jazz Notes

 Matt DeMerritt, Fool’s Journey (self-released)

Los Angeles-based saxophonist Matt DeMerritt’s recording debut as a leader is eclectic, exotic and lush. The varying musical textures on Fool’s Journey from this veteran jazz sideman stretch from Asia to South America to the musical funkiness of New Orleans. Favorite tracks are the Crescent City spirited shuffle-beat flavor of “Elixir” and his band’s takes on the three covers: Burt Bacharach’s “A House is Not a Home,” Hermeto Pascoal’s “Montreux” and Joe Henderson’s “Earth.” Standout performances by the rotation of musical supporters here include pianist Sam Barsh, trumpeter Jamelle Adisa (on “Elixir”), guitarists Fabiano Nascimento (on “Montreux”) and Josh Lopez (on “Earth”). Satnam Ramgotra’s tablas set the tone for the other-worldly exploration of “Earth.”

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

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