New York City-based guitarist and composer Matthew Stevens is considered one of the most promising artists in jazz today through his associations with NEXT Collective, Christian Scott, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington, Walter Smith III, and Harvey Mason.
Now Stevens comes fully into his own with his debut recording as a leader, Woodwork. The album showcases the diverse influences on Stevens, his warm, robust sound, and his fluid, emotive playing at the helm of a stellar quintet, which features pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Paulo Stagnaro.
The album’s title, Stevens says, reflects the almost tactile way in which he creates music. “It’s a metaphor for how I see myself interacting with sound. Woodwork is an act of creation in collaboration with the natural world; it invokes a sense of being handmade or one of a kind. These raw materials exist regardless of whether or not you do something with them, so I try to respect that and let the music unfold naturally.”
Matthew uses the Pickboy Jazz Pos-A-Grip in 1.50mm. Says Matthew, "I was given a couple of your picks last month by a friend and think they are amazing."