Matt Baumann | Drifter

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by Matt Baumann

Simple open melodies and impressions of echoes, waves, desert, sky, and desolation performed on solo saxophone. Completely unique solo saxophone music.
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. When the Wind Blows Through
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2. New Birth
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3. Sand
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4. Inward
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5. Snow and Sky
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6. Passing
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7. Bones
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8. Watercolors
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9. Drift
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10. New Sun
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Album Notes
hi i\'m matt, and thanks for visiting me...

i am a solo saxophonist living in cincinnati, ohio.
some people have asked, \"why do you play solo rather than play in a band?\" and the reason is that in playing alone, the beauty, simplicity, and freedom are just too good to pass up.
i do however play in two duo groups. i am the second half of the ambient duo \"barnett / baumann\" with guitarist eric barnett and the other member of \"upaj\" with tabla master jim feist.

while difficult to categorize, the music I play is more or less an ambient, open, and free kind of music that relies heavily on longer tones and folk-like melodies. in addition to an open sound, i do sometimes use more modern saxophone techniques like key clicks, breath effects, and multiphonics to help create more distance and echoes in my music.

the music i play is heavily influenced by places of desolation, deserts, sky, emptiness, and the great open spaces (both that i\'ve seen and those i long to see).

\"drifter\" is my first release and the music contained here is the first solo saxophone music i had ever composed and recorded. usually i played in trios or quartets playing jazz standards or jazz-rock types of music, but due to circumstances beyond me i found myself playing alone. the catalyst for playing solo came after i discovered trumpeter bill dixon and his solo album \"collection\". after hearing him i knew what i wanted to do and so i began recording a lot of music very quickly. \"drifter\" is the companion cd to the second album \"deserter\". i feel both complement each other very well and are very similar. i truly hope you enjoy the music here and thank you for reading and thank you so much more for listening...



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Rob Howard

Clever and lyrical.
Matt Baumann is not afraid to use what is presumably a combination of classical saxophone techniques from the avante garde and modern recording practices. In addition, he is not afraid to play for both himself and the listener; many players in this idiom probably prefer to play only for the former. This creates a unique sound that is far more listenable than a traditional solo classical saxophone recording.

John M. Apanites

Calming clarity
I listen to this CD almost every morning to begin my daily work routine. The music has a very atmospheric quality to it. The sax has a peaceful fluid flow and the over all compositional quality has a nice feeling of spatiality to it.

The tone is very round and full, slightly fuzzed out, yet still providing a feeling of clarity and overall warmth. I look forward to future releases.