Music News

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POSTED: June 13, 2016

“Parallel States” Reviewed by Culture Jazz

Parallel StatesYves Dorison at Culture Jazz in France gave Parallel States a nice review.

“Une affaire de famille en quelque sorte et un peu plus que cela. Nous nous sommes laissés prendre par ces figures musicales souvent méditatives…” READ MORE

POSTED: June 3, 2016

Parallel States is Now Available

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My new solo piano album is here. It’s a collection of 9 original compositions that I created in a collaborative project with my sister, visual artist, Loryn Spangler-Jones.

Visit my music page for audio samples, images of the paintings Loryn created, a description of the process behind the recording, and links to where you can buy the music!


POSTED: May 29, 2016

A Few MF Trio Dates in Europe this Summer

I’ve got a couple international gigs with my trio coming up this summer in London and Copenhagen! Please tell your friends.

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    MF Trio with Cliff Schmitt & Paul Wells


    Ronnie Scotts
    47 Frith Street
    London, UK

    Ronnie ScottsWe'll be playing the Late Late Show starting at about 11pm. We'll play a set of trio, then all hell breaks loose as we start inviting up guest musicians.

    Matthew Fries - piano
    Cliff Schmitt - bass
    Paul Wells - drums

POSTED: May 28, 2016

“Parallel States” Reviewed by the New York City Jazz Record

Parallel StatesDonald Elfman at the New York City Jazz Record gave my Parallel States project a very nice review in the June 2016 Issue.

“From the first notes of this extraordinary recording, it is clear that the relationship between music and art is what inspired the project. Each of the works by pianist Matthew Fries and his sister, mixed media artist Loryn Spangler-Jones, is individual and exquisite…” READ MORE

POSTED: May 13, 2016

“Parallel States” Reviewed by UK Vibe

Parallel StatesMike Gates at UK Vibe gave Parallel States a nice review.

“There is some wonderful, lyrical, expressive playing to be enjoyed on ‘Parallel States’… This is music to lose yourself in, with Fries proving just what a consummate performer he is. His tunes are full of joy and wonderment, whilst still retaining a thoughtful, skillful repose.” READ MORE

POSTED: April 26, 2016

“Parallel States” reviewed by Longplay blog in Poland

Parallel StatesRobert Ratajczak posted a nice review of Parallel States on the Polish blog, Longplay.

“Wszelkie nawiązania, bądź dostrzegalne w kompozycjach echa, stanowią zaledwie jeden z wielu składników decydujących o ostatecznym kolorycie utworów wypełniających “Parallel States”, płytę wypełnioną muzyką nasyconą ogromem przestrzeni i silnie prowokująca wyobraźnię.” READ MORE