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Matt Panayides Appearing At The Shrine Sunday, January 23rd 9pm-10pm

January 21, 2011

  To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo, jazzpromo@earthlink.net

Sunday, January 23rd

Matt Panayides
Appearing At
The Shrine
2271 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Boulevard
New York, NY
(212) 690-7807

No cover, no drink minimum.

Matt Panayides-guitar, Nick Kadajski-alto saxophone, Fumi Tomita-bass, and Yutaka Uchida-drums


Matt Panayides  “Tapestries Of Song” (Pacific Coast Jazz PJ93423) Street Date: January 11, 2011
Matt Panayides, guitar, Rich Perry, tenor sax, Steve LaSpina, bass, Dan Weiss, drums
http://www.mattpanayides.com/ http://www.pacificcoastjazz.com/

What The Press Is Saying About Matt Panayides  “Tapestries Of Song”
CD Review:

It is refreshing to hear an album of works by a gifted performer AND composer such as Matt Panayides. Panayides is a name well known to jazz aficianados but here he spreads his wings with a collection of eight new compositions, geared to place his associates in music – Rich Perry, tenor sax, Steve LaSpina, bass and Dan Weiss, drums – in as much of the spotlight as the guitar. Each of these numbers features one of the ‘quartet’ as chief soloist and for good reason: they are all exceptional musicians.

For this listener the most beautiful tracks on this album are ‘Different Place’, ‘Sketch’ and ‘Walking Across a Bridge (with no money)’ as they allow the deeply soulful playing of the composer to take front stage. Panayides has a magnificent touch and knows how to build to the core of a song as few others. This is a strong album and we can hope others will follow.

Review By Grady Harp

CD Review: http://www.guitarinternational.com/

This is the debut recording as a leader for New York based guitarist Matt Panayides.  He was born in Cincinnati and raised in Indianapolis.  Formal musical education includes a B.A. from Manhattan School of Music and an M.A. in Jazz Performance from William Patterson University.  Panayides also studied privately with Gene Bertoncini and Rodney Jones. He has performed with Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Kevin Mahogany and Jane Monheit.  

  This album is a collection of all original material.  The opening track is “Seoul Soul,” an up tempo excursion moving through interesting harmonies.  The solos give the impression of free jazz because of the unusual chord progression.  “Why Bail Them Out” is a Latin / Funk groove with a nice punchy melody line.  Other titles included are “Different Place,” “Amalgamation,” “Sketch” and “Walking Across a Bridge (With No Money).”

  Panayides is joined by Rich Perry (Tenor Sax), Steve La Spina (Bass) and Dan Weiss (Drums). This is a very cohesive unit that makes its way together through some unusual time signatures and different musical grooves.  Panayides is a solid technical player with a unique voice.  His music is influenced by time spent overseas and is very modern in its structure.  It is described in the press release as “exploratory.”  That may make it a challenge for the listener who is used to more traditional mainstream jazz.  It is an interesting project that is well thought out and presented.

  Reviewed By: Vince Lewis

CD Review: http://technorati.com/entertainment/music/article/jazz-review-matt-panayides-tapestries-of/

“Debut recording” and especially adjectives like “exploratory” and “visionary” typically set off warnings and start the red flags waving on my jazz radar. Follow those markers with phrases like “distinctive approach to music” and “uniquely personal voice on his instrument” scare the living daylights out of me and re-enforce my habit of not reading the press release before hearing the CD.

Matt Panayides is a guitarist/composer jazzman that hails from Cincinnati, was raised in Indianna, and had worked professionally in New York City for over ten years. Armed with degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and William Paterson University (both in jazz performance), Panayides is set to be typical of 21st Century jazz musicians. Fortunately for his listeners, his compositions are strongly influenced by traditional jazz.

Tapestries of Song includes well-known and highly competent sax man, Rich Perry, Steve LaSpina on bass, and drummer Dan Weiss. Panayides composed and arranged all eight tracks and plays guitar as well. The overall effort is a tight New York jazz sound.

“Seoul Soul” opens the disc and after several times through the entire eight tracks, this turned out to be one of my three favorites. It’s a swinging uptempo number written while Panayides lived in Korea. Track five is “Amalgamation” and to no surprise includes ample opportunity for each musician to improvise, develop themes and then combine for a satisfying conclusion. “Sketch” is an almost ten minute piece that again features improv work centered around a fast swing.

Thoughtful compositions, identifiable melodies (heads), clever improvisations from a contemporary composer. How much more traditional can you get?

Tapestries of Song hits the streets January 11, 2011.

Review By Frank Etier

CD Review: http://www.guitaromnivore.com/2011/01/this-weeks-best-guitar-cds-week-of_11.html

Matt Panayides – Tapestries of Song
   Barely two weeks into the new year and we have a serious contender for best newcomer of 2011. This guy has the goods! If you must compare him to one of the big names,he comes closest to Scofield,but with a rounder,less distorted sound. This shows him in quartet format with sax,bass and drums and everybody gets some nice solo space. I can’t wait to hear more from Panayides in the future.

By Phil Clark

CD Review: http://www.midwestrecord.com/

Jumping new jazz guitarist that comes from the flashy school of kicking it out.  A real high octane cat as both a player and writer, Panayides entertains and impresses in equal measure.  A major new talent for new times.  Check it out.

Chris Spector  Midwest Record

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