FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 12, 2006
THE MATT SAVAGE TRIO MAKES “QUANTUM LEAP”
WITH NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE SEPTEMBER 19
THROUGH NEW DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH RESPECTED
JAZZ LABEL PALMETTO RECORDS (MRI/RED)
CD RELEASE PARTY WILL BE SEPTEMBER 14 AT
BOSENDORFER NEW YORK
New York, NY: The Matt Savage Trio, helmed by 14-year-old jazz prodigy, composer and pianist, Matt Savage, will release their fifth album, “Quantum Leap” (Savage Records) on September 19. It is also the Matt Savage Trio’s first album through a new worldwide distribution deal with Palmetto Records (MRI/RED). “Quantum Leap” follows the Trio’s acclaimed 2004 release, “Cutting Loose.” Bösendorfer New York will host the “Quantum Leap” CD release party on September 14 and the Matt Savage Trio will perform at their New York Design Center location.
“What I love about jazz is that you can break all the rules and be free,” states Matt Savage, when describing his love of the musical genre he first discovered at the age of seven after hearing the recordings of Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. This freedom of jazz is taken to new heights on “Quantum Leap” as the Matt Savage Trio, which also includes John Funkhouser on bass and Steve Silverstein on drums, showcases its versatile techniques. New songs include the Caribbean-infused “Curacao,” the captivating syncopation of “Blues in 33/8,” the relaxed jazz groove of “Give Me a Break” and “Serenity,” the beautiful ballad that earned Savage ASCAP’s 2005/2006 “Young Jazz Composer” Award in June. Savage also puts his personal expression on such standards as “All the Things You Are” (Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II), “A Child is Born” (Thad Jones), “Monk’s Dream” (Thelonious Monk) and “Lullaby of Birdland” (George Shearing).
In addition to the “Quantum Leap” CD release party, the Matt Savage Trio is set to perform on September 27 at the Regattabar in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 30 at The Opera House in Rochester, New Hampshire and December 4 at Dizzy’s Club/Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Proclaimed “the future of jazz” by the legendary Jimmy Heath, Matt recorded two solo jazz albums before forming the Matt Savage Trio. His musical journey has been especially remarkable considering that Matt was diagnosed at age three with autism. In the years following his diagnosis and treatment, Savage’s metamorphosis has been astounding and is evident in his concert performances and television appearances. He has appeared on NBC’s “Today Show,” ABC’s “20/20” and “The View,” and The Discovery Channel. In September of 2006, CNN will premiere a special program entitled, “Genius,” featuring Matt as part of their “Medical Report” series.
Matt’s music can be heard on radio stations worldwide and has been prominently featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” In addition, Savage has been featured in numerous publications including Time, People, JAZZIZ and JazzTimes. Peoplemagazine calls Savage a “jazz phenom.” JazzTimes hails the young recording artist as “a prodigy to watch,” while JAZZIZ writes that “he’s possessed of a remarkable talent.”