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Matthew Garrison

by Matthew Garrison

This mostly instrumental, middle eastern/ funk/ jazz fusion release long overdue from bassist extraordinaire who has performed and recorded with Chaka Khan, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Steve Coleman and many others.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Family
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2. Groovetune
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3. Shapeless
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4. Dark Matter
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5. Manifest Destiny
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6. Duet
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7. Lullaby
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8. Say What?
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9. Time
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10. Solitude
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Album Notes
Matthew Garrison was born June 2, 1970 in New York. Here he spent the first eight years of his life immersed in a community of musicians, dancers, visual artists and poets. After the death of his father Jimmy Garrison (John Coltrane's bassist), his family relocated to Rome, Italy where he began to study piano and bass guitar.

In 1988 Matthew returned to the United States and lived with his godfather Jack Dejohnette for two years. Here he studied intensively with both Dejohnette and bassist Dave Holland. In 1989 Matthew received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston. Here he began his professional career with the likes of Gary Burton, Bob Moses, Betty Carter, Mike Gibbs and Lyle Mays to mention a few.

Matthew moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1994 and has performed and recorded with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Joni Mitchell, Steve Coleman, Pat Metheny, John Mclaughlin, The Gil Evans Orchestra, John Scofield, Chaka Khan and many others.

In 1998 Matthew founded GarrisonJazz Productions through which he currently Produces, Promotes and Markets his music. The latest project is a self titled solo debut CD "Matthew Garrison". All information concerning this and other releases/productions may be obtained through

Press Quotes:

Allaboutjazz says:

“…the baddest electric bassist on the planet…”

“spellbinding.. simultaneously are at the cutting edge and hitting extremely deeply on emotional level compositionally, while at the same time throwing down the gauntlet in terms of the pure technical level of virtuosity…”

“ The millennium year will be remembered as the year this solo release by
Matt Garrison took the evolution of music played on the bass one step

“Not just a ridiculously killer solo record by a bass player (yes, indeed
folks it is). It's an incredible jazz record.”

“At this juncture, we find Matt at the point where he has quietly,
logarithmically grown into… the most fluid, swinging and versatile player on the scene today.”

“…gorgeous, emotive ,deeply evocative music meant to touch the soul, that
also happens to lend itself beautifully to the sonic palette of the bass
guitar. … the moment when you actually hear the air move under his fingers, will infuse you with the curiosity to thoroughly examine every nook and cranny of this remarkable recording.”

Bill Milkowski says:

“..Garrison shows that he is among the most gifted
composer-bassists in the post-Jaco era. Whether he's dishing out
bottom-heavy grooves, interweaving intricate melodies with multiple
layers of fretted and fretless basses, soloing with uncanny fluidity, or
chording pianistically, the bassist delivers heroically on his ambitious
first outing.. a mega-manifesto on the art of modern
electric bass guitar playing by one of its most gifted practitioners.” says:

“Matt Garrison's recent solo CD has been compared to the solo efforts of
Stanley and Jaco in terms of raising the bar from where it had previously
been set.”

"One of those players who are shaping the future of the instrument, and
whose approach to the idea of playing bass is so refreshing that their
contributions are immediately evident."

“ Matthew brings a startlingly individual voice to the bass
guitar that includes undeniably remarkable musicianship, keen ear, and
incredible tone - the "Big 3" rules of music, if ever there were rules to
the game.” says:

“For jazz bassist and composer Matt Garrison, joy, communion and
communication are the prime motivators for creating music. That's why
he forsook the vacuous realm of the music business and delivered his
debut, self-titled solo CD directly to the people. Recorded, released and
marketed independently, the disc is a healthy example an inspired musician taking complete control of his career in the face of a conservative industry climate that emphasizes jazz's past instead of its future. After years spent as a sideman, Garrison is now focused on advancing his career as a solo artist. On purely musical terms, he's already succeeded.”

“His debut as a leader is a wide-reaching affair that seamlessly merges
jazz, funk, world musics, atmospherics, and drum and bass rhythms.
Compositionally, Garrison manages to be simultaneously avant and
accessible. It's a remarkable feat given the depth and breadth of material

“…(Garrison's) supple, virtuoso basswork serves multiple roles from melody to rhythm to chordal textures.” says:

“…remarkable that it was all recorded at Garrison's home. Garrison has done such a great job of getting his head around home recording technology that doing it becomes a much smaller story than the music itself, which is smart, exciting, innovative, and exquisitely performed. There's no need to qualify it by saying "pretty good for a home studio job." If anything, Garrison's hands-on approach enhances the music.”

“Placing himself smack dab in the middle of the production process,
Garrison managed to put his own stamp on almost every aspect of this

“… (Garrison's solo record) belongs on the shelf alongside those of his
father, Jimmy Garrison, the legendary bassist with the John Coltrane band.
It's something to be proud of.”

“… he emulates a sitar with his bass at times, and really stretches the
boundaries of the instrument.”

“A very cool recording that'll have bass players gathering around in
admiration, but should hopefully reach a broader audience, since
Garrison has succeeded in communicating beautifully a musical message that is enjoyable for both jazz players and appreciators.”


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Karim Yengsep

Fresh and beautiful jazz. Superb production!
I first heard Matthew Garrison on Herbie Hancock's Future 2 Future DVD, his playing is so genuine and amazing that I decided to check him out. Got this album the other day, thanks to CD-Baby, great service. What can I say, my mind is blown by the hip bop and fused genres that are displayed ever so sincere in this attempt to bring jazz back to the people. Mr. Garrison's voice is strong and will bring more surprizes, I believe. Bring it on, man, do your thang!!! This music is way Hip! Peace.

mytch meadows

One of the greatest bassists' I've ever heard!
Pure musical listening pleasure. I've listened to it everyday since I received it. The variety of styles is breathtaking, and I can't wait to hear Garrisons' next cd. I put this cd up there with the best virtuoso bass albums of all time, hands down! I hope he comes to my hometown for a performance. I'll be there!


This cd makes no apologies. Matthew goes at it as if there aren't boundaries. I also own Shapeshifter and can really appreciate this artist's unique flavor.


Very loveing, exciting and beautiful music. I feel him through it, and join his journey for a short while, and it is wonderful.

Matthew Garrison
Many aspects drew me Matthew Garrison's self-titled 2000 debut release . Firstly his recorded association with John
McLaughlin , then his support musicians , percussionist and vocalist extaraordinaire Arto Tuncboyacian ( Marc Johnson
& Mike Stern ) , keyboard demon Scott Kinsey ( Tribal Tech & Kurt Rosenwinkel ) and lastly the use of the sitar providing
the promise of the East . The union of Mark Binney - sax and David Gimore - guitar on ' Lullaby ' help create the standout
track on the album . Matt Garrison shows his authoritative style throught , providing all the compositions , but the 3 duets
are just fragments . More meaty tracks such as ' Family ' , ' Groove Tune ' and ' Solitude ' would have assured a solid set
helping it to be more than just a good first offering .

Roland Kreuscher

Jazzrock (oops ...) should follow this direction!!
Although I'm holding back the 5th star, Garrison is showing one very promising new direction for (yes, again:) electric and eclectic Jazzrock. And he and his fabulous bandmates are doing well; far more than well. On the other hand it doesn't already sound like beeing fully developed.
I feel the same when I listen to Weather Report's "Sweetnighter": Very fine, but later on they gave us "Tale' Spinnin", "Black Market", "W.R. (1982)" or "Procession" (just to name my WR-favorites). So, get this CD (and his "Shape Shifter"!) and let's hope for M.G.'s "Tale' Spinnin'" coming soon.


Family is the greatest!
I got this CD personally from Matt garrison and I have to say it´s the most personal album I ever had.
The music is his expression of feelings and I can feel through this music.
I love this CD.