New review for Grassroots

Chamber3-GrassrootsThe first review is out for Chamber 3’s new CD, Grassroots, and it is 4 1/2 stars from All About Jazz!

… Chamber 3, presenting the album Grassroots, is Jorgensen’s international small group, teaming the Seattle-based drummer with German saxophonist Steffen Weber and German guitarist Christian Eckert, with, this time out, the very welcome addition of bassist Phil Sparks to the mix. The sound is “chamber-like,” with a equality of input. Eckert, like all the “chording guys” Jorgensen works with, can play tight, tasteful lines and also take things into adventurous harmonic territory. Weber plays with restraint, subtlety and precision, riding the waves of the groove.

Looking for parallel sounds or musical visions, Chamber 3 can be compared to drummer Paul Motian‘s ECM Records outings with guitarist Bill Frisell and saxophonist Joe Lovano, an exceptional and groundbreaking group that perhaps could have benefited from the addition of a bassist. Chamber 3 adds Phil Sparks in that spot, his solid sound making the mix a bit less diaphanous, less spacious than Motian’s.

Every group Jorgensen is involved in has a modern tinge. Part of it is musician choices, part is the tune-smithing, and part of it is his drumming—intricate and full of nuanced surprises, and always such unusual, compelling and captivating grooves. Grassroots, a particularly fine and very modern-sounding recording, has all of this.

Click here to read the full review.

New CD and tour in January 2015


Chamber3-GrassrootsLots of activity in January 2015 for Chamber 3!

Their new CD, Grassroots, will be released on Seattle’s OA2 Records on January 20, 2015. Recorded in July 2013 while on a tour of the United States, Grassroots features Christian Eckert, Steffen Weber and Matt Jorgensen joined by Seattle bassist Phil Sparks.


9 January: Birdland ’59, Ettlingen
10 January: Jazz Workshop, Ettlingen (10am – 1pm)
11 January: Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
12 January: Radio Interview, Mannheim
13 January: Klapsmuhl IG-Jazz, Mannheim
14 January: TBA
15 January: Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
16 January: Salon de Jazz, Koln
17 January: House Concert
18 January: Aubergine, Neckargemünd

Chamber 3 comes to the US

Christian, Steffen and Matt will be performing around the Seattle area during the month of July.

Check the Shows page for a complete list of dates.

In addition, the group will spend two days in the studio recording music for their up-coming CD.

Stay tuned!

Updated: Chamber 3 on tour

Matt Jorgensen guest at:
27 Sept –  Jazzhaus Jam Session, Heidelberg
2 Oct –  The Cave, Heidelberg

Chamber 3 Performances:
29 Sept –  Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
30 Sept –  Zait-Herbstfest, Kirchheim
1 Oct –  Radio feature Jazzology
3 Oct –  Jazzhaus, Heidelberg
4 Oct –  Kiste, Stuttgart
5 Oct –  Steinhäuser Hof, Neustadt
6 Oct –  Muddy’s Jazz Club, Weinheim
8 Oct –  Jazzkongress, Freiburg

Click here for the full schedule and details.