MATT HOL­MAN

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The Tenth Muse ★★★★ New Fo­cus/Panoramic

The ti­tle of ris­ing New York trum­peter Matt Hol­man’s sec­ond re­lease is a ref­er­ence to Sap­pho, the an­cient Greek poet whose love po­ems are known only through the tan­ta­lis­ing frag­ments that have sur­vived to the mod­ern era. In trib­ute, Hol­man, an ac­com­plished com­poser and ar­ranger, has writ­ten a se­ries of 12 frag­men­tary com­po­si­tions (plus four group im­pro­vi­sa­tions), leav­ing his un­usu­ally tex­tured en­sem­ble with vi­bra­phon­ist Chris Ding­man, pi­anist Bobby Avey and reeds player Sam Sadig­ursky to fill in the gaps with im­pro­vi­sa­tion. It’s a re­fined cham­ber sound from the thought­ful end of the teem­ing Brook­lyn scene, a very demo­cratic, four-cor­nered con­ver­sa­tion among like-minded peers, capped by a per­for­mance of Wheeler-es­que ten­der­ness and sin­cer­ity from the leader. matthol­man.com CORMAC LARLKIN

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