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Lavelle, Matt / Morcilla: The Manifestation Drama (KMB Jazz)

New Yorker Matt Lavelle's 3rd KMB release, here with Morcilla (Martinez/Grillot/Forbes) playing over a set of 7 compositions that blend latin rhythms with free swinging jazz.

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UPC: B0028ER72U

Label: KMB Jazz
Catalog ID: KMB018
Squidco Product Code: 11929

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded December 20, 2008 and mixed and mastered by Reuben Radding at Magma Studios, Brooklyn, NY.


Matt Lavelle-trumpet, flugelhorn, bass clarinet, compositions

Andre Martinez-conga, paintings

Francois Grillot-bass

Chris Forbes-piano

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"Matt Lavelle (Paterson NJ 1970), began his music career with a High School Big Band tour of the Soviet Union in 1988, and then a 5 year period of study with Hildred Humphries, a Swing era veteran that played with Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others of the time. Lavelle played Trumpet during this time as a member of Hildred's band.

Lavelle then made his move on New York City to go through the trials of all new Jazz musicians, and played Straight-ahead Jazz until 1995. When he relocated to Kingston New York, and immersed himself in the study of the Bass-clarinet, keeping the trumpet going, creating the only known successful double of these 2 challenging instruments.

Lavelle returned to New York seeking out what is known as the Downtown community in 1999, which he has been a member of to this day (2009). Along the way Lavelle has played with William Parker, which also consisted of a tour in Sardinia Italy, Sabir Mateen, consisting of a tour of Northern Italy, and also toured in Scotland with an improvisation collective known as Eye Contact.

Lavelle began study with Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman in 2005, having huge impact and transformational impact on the Musician, also resulting in the addition of the Alto Clarinet as another voice.

Matt also was the key in the return and resurgence of Jazz legend Giuseppi Logan, playing on and producing his comeback record after a 40 year absence.

Lavelle has played and collaborated with Ornette Coleman, Giuseppi Logan, Hildred Humprhries, William Parker, Eric Mingus, Sabir Mateen, Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, Jemeel Moondoc, Mat Maneri, Ras Moshe, Potato Valdez, and many others."

-Matt Lavelle Website (

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"André Martinez has been the director of the Henry Gregg Gallery in Brooklyn since 2003.

André Martinez was also born to play drums. His passion for music is uncompromising, and his understanding and freedom of expression through percussion extraordinary."

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"Since François Grillot arrived from Paris in 1980, he has been a part of the story of jazz and improvised music in New York City.

Soon after acquiring his very first contrabass, he started playing around town. One of his first regular gigs was with guitarist Bill Bickford at the legendary Augie's jazz club, which was an important proving ground for up-and-coming jazz artists.

While maintaining a busy schedule of performing around New York City, François devoted much time and energy to the study of his craft: he studied jazz harmony and writing at City College of NY, took lessons with Linda McKnight, and studied at the East Harlem Music School run by Johnny Colon. He also participated in workshops run by Barry Harris, Dave Holland and Jazz Mobile, among others.

Throughout the 90's, François continued to develop his style and artistry, performing in a multitude of clubs and bars throughout New York City, working with Bill Bickford, Harold Danko, Mike Clark, Ken Hatfield, and many others.

In 1994, he met Matt Lavelle at the Rainy Daze Jam Session, which had a major impact on his musical direction. The two began a fruitful musical partnership that continues today. They began to rehearse regularly in François' Hell's Kitchen apartment (in the kitchen, coincidentally) and developed their own approach to playing standards that stretched the music nearly into free improvisation, but always came back to the theme. This process of rigorous, disciplined, yet soulful experimentation remains a salient characteristic of François' working method and artistry.

François has collaborated with many of jazz's most creative and distinguished practitioners: Albey Balgochian, Louie Belogenis, Charles Burnham, Daniel Carter, Roy Campbell, Will Connell, Robert Dick, Marc Edwards, Charles Gayle, Burton Greene, Lou Grassi, William Hooker, Jason Hwang, Jackson Krall, Klaus Kugel, Daniel Levin, Mat Maneri, Michael Marcus, Sabir Mateen, Dom Minasi, Anders Nilsson, Bern Nix, Kevin Norton, William Parker, Jay Rosen, Steve Swell, Michael T.A. Thompson, Michael Wimberly, and many others.

He performs in jazz clubs throughout New York City and beyond, including 55 Bar, Barbes, Bowery Poetry Club, The Knitting Factory, The Lenox Lounge, Zebulon, and, until they was closed down a few years ago, the historic venues CBGB's and Tonic. François' festival performances include repeat appearances at New York's Vision Festival and Hell's Kitchen Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and throughout Europe, most recently at the Umea Jazz Festival in Sweden.Early Days

François, age 8, attended the local music school of Chatenoy-le- Royal, and played the cornet in it's marching band. Then took guitar lessons with Alain Licandro, which lead to the electric bass, playing local bands., and starting to improvise and write. 1978, recorded and toured with Edition Speciale, of guitarist Mimi Lorenzini (RCA - Horizon Digital) 1979, recorded and toured with Mama Bea Tekielski (RCA - Le Chaos) 1980, was playing Ska in London with locals and came back to Burgundy to record with Drummer Serge Bringolf (Omega - Strave) Move to New York in late 1980 and has been living there since."

-Francois Grillot Website (

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"Chris Forbes, an accomplished classically trained composer, jazz pianist, and music educator, has composed for symphonies, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and musical theater. His performances and works have been described as "infectious" with "incredible energy and passion." His choral work, Song of the Stars, was featured on National Public Radio's Choral America, and is now available on CD. His musical, RoadRage, was premiered at the IN Series, Washington, DC and called a work of "terror and whimsy" by Theater Review. One of Chris's most recent works, The Sea Lion, a one-act dance theater piece, was commissioned by the American Composers Forum and premiered in Chicago. This classically inspired work was heavily influenced by jazz and world music, meshing different forms of expression to explore uncharted musical ground. It featured a percussion ensemble and improvised solos by acclaimed jazz flautist, Nicole Mitchell. In addition to his commissioned compositions, Chris is a rising star in the New York improvised music scene. He has appeared in venues from Jazz on the Park to the FreeStyle series at CBGB's in the Bowery, The Knitting Factory and mostly recently Roulette. He has collaborated with musicians such as Nicole Mitchell, Matt Lavelle, Ras Moshe, Sabir Mateen Joe McPhee Roy Campbell and Daniel Carter. Projects include a duo with tenor sax sensation Taylor, and the piano chair in the Latin/Free Jazz band Morcilla. He recieved his training at the Berklee School in Boston and at Juilliard."

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track listing:

1. God Love Sex 11:22

2. Synesthesia 8:29

3. The Eternity Tree 2:42

4. The Manifestation Drama 14:36

5. The Living Desire 11:47

6. Oc Dc Bc 13:31

7. Weather Shamanism 3:54
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New Yorker Matt Lavelle's 3rd KMB release, here with Morcilla (Martinez/Grillot/Forbes) playing over a set of 7 compositions that blend Latin rhythms with free swinging jazz.

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Improvised Music
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
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