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by Matt Mayhall


“Matt Mayhall is a very self-effacing drummer - no solos but crisp and subtly propulsive throughout. Tropes is not fusion in the usual sense, but does deftly combine cinematic shadings, baroque dynamics, themes of progressive rock and classy, fluid improvisational nature of jazz. Rockers might say it’s jazz, jazz fans might call it rock - regardless, this is a brilliant debut.” - Mark Keresman, NYC Jazz Record

"It’s the sort of record you might have thought can’t really exist as it falls through the cracks of so many different kinds of music, a kind of a slacker ECM vision with a bit more blood and guts to it..." - Stephen Graham, Marlbank

"This album shows just how strong subtlety can resonate, and of how nuance can be the driving force of creative vision." - Dave Sumner, Bandcamp Daily

Matt Mayhall - drums, percussion, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Mellotron, Yamaha PortaSound VSS-30
Jeff Parker - electric guitar
Paul Bryan - electric bass guitar


Chris Speed - tenor saxophone (“Dum Dum” and “Maybe Younger”) 
Jeff Babko - Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, Roland SH-1000 (“On The Ceiling,” “Removed,” “Picture Day” and “A&A”) 

All songs by Matt Mayhall (Matt Mayhall Songs, BMI) 

Produced by Paul Bryan

Engineered, edited, and mixed by Paul Bryan at Mayberry PCH, Sept 2015 - June 2016
Jeff Babko recorded at TudorTones
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, Los Angeles

Design by Mia Kirby