Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Matt Criscuolo, a native Bronx, New Yorker, comes out strong with his second release, Lotus Blossom, an outstanding follow-up to his debut release, “Streets of New York”, which spent some well-deserved time on the JazzWeek top fifty chart in 2004. He is again on his way to the jazz week chart at a current position of “chartbound.” Accompanied by a great lineup of musicians: Larry Willis on piano, Phil Bowler on bass, Steve Davis on trombone, Eric McPherson on drums and Ray Mantilla on percussion Criscuolo is establishing himself as a mainstay in the jazz genre.
Many saxophonist, take the approach of complete domination within a release. Criscuolo takes the approach of a team presentation. His purposeful intent is to focus on a well-rounded project that is poignant, emotive and thought provoking. Of the 10 songs, three are Criscuolo’s originals that display his compositional talents and thought provoking lyrical approach.
Matthew studied at Manhattan School of Music, and has performed and/or recorded with Artt Frank, David Murray, Etta Jones, Rich Perry, Harold Dank, Gerry Mulligan and many more.