MATT FLIN­NER TRIO

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Trav­el­ing Roots ★★★★

Com­pass Records

When your rai­son d’être is to add some beauty to the world, then there’s a fair chance your mu­si­cal pal­ette will em­brace a broad spec­trum of colour. Matt Flin­ner and his trio revel at that un­der­pop­u­lated cross­roads where jazz, blue­grass and new acous­tic mu­sic in­ter­sect. Colours here are ex­pressed in cool, cere­bral tones and in richly play­ful ones, with Flin­ner’s guid­ing man­dolin beau­ti­fully un­der­writ­ten by Eric Thorin’s as­sertive dou­ble bass and Ross Martin’s gui­tar. A first cousin once re­moved of Ali­son Brown’s banjo com­po­si­tions, Trav­el­ing

Roots is dis­tin­guished by tunes com­posed as mu­sic du jour – by in­di­vid­ual band mem­bers in re­sponse to spe­cific events while on tour. Witty, fleet of foot and mus­cu­lar in tone, this is a taut col­lec­tion that re­veals many more sur­prises with each re­turn visit. com­pass­records.com

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