The Other Side of the Story is drummer Matt Kane’s third release as a leader, but the first to showcase his talent as a composer. Kane was born and raised in Hannibal, Mo., and since moving to the New York/New Jersey area in 1997, has established himself as a highly accomplished drummer as well as a skillful and effective educator. From the first track here, you know you’re in for a tuneful, upbeat experience. “Eureka Springs”— inspired, Kane says, by “a little village nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas,” is “actually the first jazz song I ever wrote.” He also plays guitar, and you can hear the influence of Pat Metheny on several tunes, including “Ozark Flight,” which feels like fresh air. Toninho Horta is another one of Kane’s favorite guitarists, and his solo piece, “Vista,” was inspired by Horta’s chord voicings. “Hannibalian” reflects Kane’s idyllic Missouri childhood. It’s a lively tune that evokes images of kids growing up along the Mississippi River, fishing and playing in cornfields. “The Distance” was composed in New York City in the aftermath of 9/11. Kane thanks his mentor and producer, drummer Michael Carvin, for an arrangement which helped to convey the meaning of the composition. He also credits Carvin for his assistance in conceiving this album, and for adding an intensity to the project. Kane chose the great guitarist Vic Juris to help translate his musical vision: “Vic’s experience and sensibilities were perfect for my music, especially since I wrote most of it on guitar.” Kane also surrounded himself with some old friends, including vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, whom he met during his days in Kansas City; pianist Klaus Mueller, a fellow New School alumnus; and bassist Mark Peterson, a fellow Missourian. With his new release, Kane wants to present the other side of his story as not just a band leader, but as a composer of his own music, reflecting his personal experiences and growth as an artist. He says: “Out there in the Midwest, people will hold the door for you. I want to hold the door open musically for my audiences and let them in.” That’s exactly what he has done. The Other Side of the Story has a big welcome sign on it. Matt Kane reveals the other side of his story, but he’s nowhere near the end of his tale. There are many more chapters to come, including performances Nov. 8 at The Fox and Crow in Jersey City, N.J., and Nov. 16 at The Old Franklin Schoolhouse in Metuchen, N.J. - Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO 88.3 fm
Review of "The Other Side of the Story" by Joe Dimino of Neon Jazz
"The title of Matt Kane‘s fourth full album release as a solo artist is "The Other Side of The Story," but could easily have been dubbed "Kane Style". This album again represents another evolutionary step for this jazz drummer that came from Midwestern beginnings in the land of Mark Twain dreams in Hannibal, Missouri into the jazz dream world of New York City. The cascade of sound on this album is akin to a personal narrative of his life as a musician that has traversed both geography and hard work. With firm Kansas City roots as a part of a mature music backbone, he has spent quality time writing his own novel with the help of master mentor Dr. Michael Carvin, who was behind the scenes on this project. In turn, Mr. Kane has become a influential teacher and player to legions of young jazz cats out there in cool land. This new project will have listeners enter a realm of 'repeat & shuffle'. Meaning, you will want to listen to this album over and over again and shuffle your brain into the thought of what could be next for this talented modern-day drummer that continues to add to his jazz force in modern music." -Joe Dimino of Neon Jazz
New video: start of the change
NEW ALBUM "THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY" is out now!
In October of 2018 I will release my third album "The Other Side of the Story" FEATURING: Peter Schlamb: vibraphone and electro-vibes Vic Juris: guitrars Klaus Mueller: fender rhodes and piano Mark Peterson: basses Matt Kane: leader/composer/drums
All music by Matt Kane Produced by Michael Carvin and featuring: Recorded at the legendary Systems Two in Brooklyn, NY in May 2018 Mixed by Dave Darlington @ Bass Hit Studios Artwork by Debra Marleen Smith CD RELEASE EVENTS: October 14th @ Van Gogh's Ear, Union, NJ October 25th @ Finn's in Hannibal, Mo October 26 & 27 @ The Black Dolphin, KCMO November 8th @ The Fox and Crow, Jersey City, NJ November 16th @ The Franklin Schoolhouse, Metuchen, NJ
Matt will be conducting a drum clinic at Explorer's Percussion on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018 at 6:30pm. The Clinic is sponsored by Canopus Drums. Kane will relate his 32 years of professional experience as a drummer, bandleader, teacher and mentor. Topics include: rudiments and mastering the snare drum. Opening up the rudiments on the kit. Getting a full sound. Serving the music. The title of the clinic "Spirit of the Drums" explores the "Why" of what we drummers do.
Jump rope drummer: progressive jump rope beats
The jump rope has been a true savior in my life, helping me come back from injuries and other set-backs. I have used it to keep sharp and rhythmically in tune. The jump rope is a highly effective and optimistic exercise. I created my own jump rope music to train with and it's called "Progressive Jump Rope". Check it out!
The matt kane school of drumming
I have chosen to pass on my insights and experience in music through the Matt Kane School of Drumming. We have several students now studying music in universities, out in the field making records and touring. Our motto is: "With Great Power, Comes Great Responsibility."
"I consider myself very fortunate to have worked side by side with Matt Kane in several teaching and playing situations. Matt has many qualities that make him a powerhouse music teacher and drum instructor. He is a professional jazz drummer of the highest order and his passion for the music inspires his students to be passionate about it as well. I continue to admire how Matt can teach musicality and style to a variety of ensembles, as well as educate the groups on the history and the spirit of music. He is a great role model for his students, one that exemplifies focus, love of the process and respect for the elders of this music." -Julius Tolentino Jazz Director, Newark Academy and Jazz House Kids
Matt Kane endorses Canopus and Beato and is a member of the following organizations.