Born: August 14, 1981
Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2005, Matt has established himself as one of the most versatile, creative and hard-working bass players on the UK scene. Known for his imaginative soloing, solid time keeping and great sound, he is (somewhat unusually) in demand for both straight-ahead and modern jazz. He also has much experience in the spheres of World Music, Folk, Classical and Pop.
It is this global awareness and love for all music that has given rise to his creative outlet, the Matt Ridley Trio. Whilst improvisation of the highest order is of central importance, perhaps a greater emphasis is placed on inventiveness of composition, in an attempt to reconcile the differing attitudes which personify different genres of music. The result is an ensemble which sounds like no other. Startlingly fresh-sounding, at times incredibly complex, at others disarmingly simple, the group transcend many different styles and have arrived at one that can only be described as their own. A collaboration with globally recognised saxophonist and composer Jason Yarde has spawned yet more music, and promises to be an interesting development in the band’s evolution....