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Baker, Matt / Underground
Album:Underground Collection:Jazz
Artist:Baker, Matt Added:12/2011

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Add Date:2011-12-18 Pull Date:2012-02-19 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:12 Feb5 Feb29 Jan22 Jan15 Jan8 Jan1 Jan

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1.Thu, 20 Oct 16:Fo
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4.Fri, 10 Aug 12:Fo
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2.Fri, 15 Nov 13:Fo
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3.Fri, 28 Dec 12:Fo
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Album Review
Reviewed 2011-12-10 
MATT BAKER: Underground
self-released, 2011

MODERN JAZZ – Debut release from an Australian pianist, now based in New York and joined by a solid band, including Bay Area saxophonist Dayna Stephens. Baker has a tender, longing touch at the keys and an elusively moody postbop style that often sits midway between hard swing and ballad, with a bittersweet, soulful air. Gregory Hutchinson really stands out on drums; everybody feeds off his energy.

Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4

1. 3:12 – trio: modernized standard, elastic piano against steady uptempo beat
2. 10:27 – urban night: bustling theme, ballad-like solos, dissonant peak
3. 7:16 – trio standard in odd meter: light, loping feel, piano solo stretches out
4. 9:52 – tough/tender stride; prodding trumpet, muttering sax, angular piano
5. 9:48 – hushed trio ballad, all gentle curves, piano reaches for the horizon
6. 7:14 – gentle and soulful with Fender Rhodes and introspective sax
7. 5:01 – solo piano, a calm stroll
8. 7:31 – catchy, subdued melody: piano treads carefully, sax adds vigor

[ Fo ] - December 2011

Track Listing
1.If I Were A Bell 5.Central Park North
2.Underground 6.Island Of Many Hills
3.Mood Indigo 7.The Gypsy
4.Refuge 8.Away