The following is an excerpt from a recent article I wrote for All About Jazz:
New York City-based trumpeter and composer Matt Holman cut his teeth performing and recording with distinguished musicians such as Fred Hersch, John Hollenbeck, and Darcy James Argue before displaying his personal aesthetic of atmospheric chamber jazz with his debut album When Flooded in 2013. More recently, Holman found inspiration scouring the annals of history, extracting celebrated relics potent and stimulating enough to constitute the groundwork of his sophomore follow-up—2,500- year-old-plus relics to be precise.
“What kind of ancient artifacts are we taking about here?” you may ask. “Fossils? Art? Coins? That one floppy disk that always seems to elude disposal?”
Interestingly enough, the answer lies in the realm of ancient Greek literature—specifically, the surviving fragments of renowned lyrist Sappho’s poetry.