“By rooting himself to folk music, he gives the songs a strong emotional tether, allowing the harmonies to achieve great depths, and the melodies to soar to great heights. Also impressive is how the grand majesty of Ulery’s compositions comes through whether performed by orchestra or small combo.” Full article here.
George Harris – Jazz Weekly
“The larger ensemble includes more brass, reeds and strings for a pair of songs. “The Peacocks” has some rich pastoral textures” and “Hubble” lets the string section glide over the suave drum pulse, with harmonies and moods being the main purpose here. Modern Copland?” Read full review here.
Paul Medrano – Archaic Pop
“A precious world, out of time. This song (as well as the full album) reminds me of the universe at once baroque and futuristic of “Dune”, without tensions, only coated with sweetness. Magical”. Full feature here.
Mike Greenblatt – The Classical Arts
“Talk about being attuned to each other! They breathe on each other’s solos. You can hear little curli-cues and dipsy-doodles in the background to keep things interesting during the kind of passages that are constantly changing and evolving. ” More here.
Kevin Johnson – No Treble
“While each band brings a different sound to the table, the organic nature of the bassist’s compositions tie the 13-song collection into a cohesive and engrossing experience” Full feature here.
Grego Applegate Edwards – Gapplegate Music Review
“Ulery gives us one of his very best here. More lyric than avant, you find yourself drawn to the endless charm of his inventive imagination.” Read more.
Quentin Coaxum – Chicago Jazz Magazine
“On Festival, Ulery gives us a collection of songs with compositional depth and rich orchestration. One can’t help but assume the music here was intended to evoke the “visualization” of a story. No matter what story the listener sees, the collection of music heard is something most are sure to enjoy.” Full review here.
Peter Margasak – Chicago Reader
“Few musicians in Chicago have worked as diligently and rigorously to combine postbop with the voicings and compositional richness of classical music as bassist Matt Ulery, who improves with every new recording …” Full preview here.
Howard Reich – Chicago Tribune
“Not surprisingly, Ulery’s newest album — “Festival” – continues his pursuit of the unconventional… When Ulery celebrates the release of “Festival” at the Green Mill Jazz Club this weekend, he’ll be leading the Loom quintet, giving listeners a taste of the array of colors, tones and musical sensibilities he articulates on “Festival.” Full feature here.
Leonid Auskern – Jazz Quad
“Matt Ulery’s approach to music combines complex harmonies, academic tradition and free, pure jazz.” Read the Russian review here.
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