Critically acclaimed alto saxophonist Matt Criscuolo’s album, The Dialogue, is the latest recording released by the post modern jazz musician.
It’s the follow-up to Headin’ Out, which was awarded a much coveted 4 ½ star review by DownBeat magazine. Criscuolo’s vibrant playing, fresh compositions, and innovative arrangements make him a much in demand player on the tri-state New York jazz scene.
The Bronx native attended Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Dick Oatts , Walt Weiskopf, and John Purcell. His early influences included Charlie Parker, Jimmy Lyons, Anthony Braxton, Ornette Coleman, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Bunky Green and Eric Dolphy. High energy post modern jazz steeped in the avant-garde with a nod to the bebop legacy.
“We all somewhat emulate other great artists. At some point you have to dig in your heels and be aware of what your own personal expression is and bring that out.”
Criscuolo has performed, toured, and recorded with Artt Frank, David Murray, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, Billy Drummond, Larry Willis, Ed Soph, Tony Purrone, and Steve Davis among others. All seven of his recordings, beginning in 1999,a have been released on his own Jazzeria Records. Jazzeria is also the name of the restaurant group he founded in Connecticut more than 20 years ago.
Criscuolo’s versatile playing makes him an ideal leader as well as an impassioned accompanist. His raw, improvisational sound is complimented by his ability to slide into grooves that draws an audience in. They take the journey with him whether he’s blowing standards or fresh free form solos. Constant evolution is what drives him; it’s the soul of his creativity and lays raw his dogged insistence on charting his own musical course. 2016 will be a long, hot burn for Matt Criscuolo’s ever expanding fan base.