MATT SAVAGE: PIANO VOYAGES TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 14th, 2016
Matt Savage: Piano Voyages is Matt’s 12th album, released on October 14, 2016.
Matt’s newest recording project, produced by Grammy-nominee Jonathan Wyner, is a solo piano album featuring eleven tracks. There are eight new, original compositions including the Keith Jarrett-inspired “Green,” the optimistic Boston-to-New York funk tune, “Southie to Soho” and Matt’s nostalgic ode to his hometown, “Lullaby for Boston.” For the first time since 2008, Matt has also included a few cover songs including an intense version of Herbie Hancock’s jazz standard, “Maiden Voyage,” and Wes Montgomery’s classic, “Road Song.”
Through natural and seasonal imagery, surprising tempo changes and occasional electronic interludes, the theme of rebirth is developed. Matt describes Piano Voyages as a reflection on maturity. “Collectively, each of these songs evokes a new chapter of life,” says Matt. “And it’s a solo album because many of these journeys are individual experiences.”
Piano Voyages is Matt’s first new studio album in three years, following his acclaimed A Bigger Celebration, released in 2013. A Live Celebration: Kobe, Japan was the 2014 companion album to A Bigger Celebration, and it was recorded during Matt’s first tour of Japan. Also in 2014, Matt scored, arranged and recorded the music for the full-length documentary film, Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story, chronicling the late alto saxophonist Frank Morgan’s troubled life and eventual redemption.