January 07, 2017
Since its inception in 2006, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging its own path in modern American string band music. Besides being a bluegrass/newgrass ensemble, Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin, and bassist Eric Thorin have taken a unique approach to performance, by writing new music the day of almost every show. Their ongoing “Music du Jour” project has produced three acclaimed albums on Compass Records, including their 2016 release, Traveling Roots.
Says American Songwriter Magazine: “Stunning, often jaw-dropping musicianship that never feels showy even when it is… it’s clear that the Flinner trio have few contemporary peers.”
In 2016, the group expanded the “du Jour” project, writing new music for special guests at the forefront of modern bluegrass and jazz. Included were Sam Bush, Tony Trischka, Darol Anger, Dave Douglas, Frank Vignola, Ron Miles, Alison Brown, and many others. This off-the-cuff approach to their music, coupled with their deep roots in traditional bluegrass as well as jazz, makes for a sound all its own in today’s acoustic music landscape.
For this show, the trio will write tunes for jazz/swing guitar virtuoso Matt Munisteri. Mr. Munisteri will join the trio on the second set, for high-octane swing standards, his own inimitable original songs, and the three new tunes written the day of the show. A unique one-time collaboration not to be missed!
“It’s a CD that is fresh, inventive and capable of causing a smile… or a knowing nod to a clever turn of an aural phrase… The band seems to have no limits… Flinner’s brilliant, crisp mandolin playing all over the fretboard is admirable. Martin is a stout picker, and Eric Thorin on bass provides a fulsome core.” –Country Standard Time
“Matt Munisteri is one of those singer-songwriters born out of time… and it comes out sounding like the Band’s second album as written by Dave Frishberg. Will appeal to fans of everyone from John Pizzarelli to Tom Waits” –The Rogovoy Report
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