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Midnight In Merizo

by The Matt Lawson Quintet

The 2004 winner of the national jazz trumpet competition leads a stellar rhythm section with original compositions and innovative arrangements.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. domingo
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2. gwyn's dance
8:55 $0.99
3. midnight in merizo
8:57 $0.99
4. escape from gorham
6:26 $0.99
5. some other time
10:17 $0.99
6. a song that is always there
8:48 $0.99
7. mahjong
11:10 $0.99
8. ablution
8:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Matt Lawson, an award-winning trumpeter from Maine, makes his debut CD, recording with some of the Midwest's top jazz performers: Indianapolis pianist Steve Allee, and Louisvillians Tyrone Wheeler on bass, Jacob Duncan on alto sax, and Jason Tiemann on drums. Lawson, who won the 1993 National Jazz Trumpet competition, swings his way through several original compositions and leads the group in some very tasty arrangements of tunes by Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Lenny Tristano, Gary Pack and Leonard Bernstein. Give a listen to this up-and-coming jazz artist and you'll be looking for places to catch him in person!



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jerry jemmott

This is a refreshing experience!

CD Baby

This award-winning quintet skips, swings, waltzes and saunters through slick tunes, start to finish singing out with crystal clear lines and well-chiseled harmonies. With trumpet lines answering sax lines in a most intimate conversation, fully supported by piano, bass and drums, the The Matt Lawson Quintet truly sings as one single entity; the five of them play as tightly as one musician and yet each voice has its own vocabulary. For a classic combo CD this is the best new pick.

Jazz Review

“Midnight in Merizo” is a wonderfully, straight-ahead jazz album
Matt Lawson’s “Midnight in Merizo” is a wonderfully, straight-ahead jazz album without any pretenses or posturing. Lawson has listened well and certainly has applied himself. His trumpet playing is absolutely gorgeous. There is a lovely combo effort and the music effortlessly flows. There is a lot of confidence in Lawson and his band’s playing. They are sharp and tightly consistent throughout the album. Bernstein’s ‘Some Other Time’ is a poignant example. This ballad is played with extreme sensitivity and deliberate care that it can bring tears to your eyes. It is like someone who trying to hold off and makes a determined effort at rationalization, but eventually cannot help the bitter sorrow and lets all the salty rain come dripping down, hands in head in a grey empty room.

“Midnight in Merizo” is a stunning first album.