Matt Mayhall is a drummer and composer based in Los Angeles. Like many instrumentalists on the L.A. scene, Matt has embraced a full range of musical pursuits. He’s toured with The Both - a group with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo - since the release of their album in 2014. He’s performed with Liz Phair, John Doe of X, Dar Williams, and Susanna Hoffs. Yet he’s also played with an enviable list of jazz musicians, players like keyboardists Larry Goldings and Adam Benjamin, bassists Tim Lefebvre and Eric Revis, guitarist Anthony Wilson, and saxophonists Vinny Golia and Chris Speed.
For a number of years he was in Spain, the syncretic alt-country/slowcore group led by Josh Haden, son of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden. Matt has the distinction of being the drummer on Charlie Haden’s final recorded performance, Spain’s song “You And I.” He can also be seen in the IFC television series Documentary Now! as a member of the fictitious soft-rock band The Blue Jean Committee, produced and led by Saturday Night Live veterans Fred Armisen and Bill Hader.
Over the past decade, Matt has employed this all-of-the-above strategy to great effect, and with that confirmation, it’s time for him to finally release an album of his own.
The album is called Tropes, and features some of Matt’s musical kindred spirits: guitarist Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Brian Blade Fellowship), and bassist Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Allen Toussaint, Meshell Ndegeocello), with appearances by keyboardist Jeff Babko (Frank Ocean, Mark Guiliana’s Beat Music), and tenor saxophonist Chris Speed (Human Feel, Claudia Quintet). It will be released on Speed's SKIRL RECORDS imprint on November 4th.
released November 4, 2016
Matt Mayhall - drums, percussion, piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, Mellotron, Yamaha PortaSound VSS-30
Jeff Parker - electric guitar
Paul Bryan - electric bass guitar
Chris Speed - tenor saxophone (“Dum Dum” and “Maybe Younger”)
Jeff Babko - Hammond B3 organ, Fender Rhodes, Roland SH-1000 (“On The Ceiling,” “Removed,” “Picture Day” and “A&A”)
All songs by Matt Mayhall (Matt Mayhall Songs, BMI)
Produced by Paul Bryan
Engineered, edited, and mixed by Paul Bryan at Mayberry PCH, Sept 2015 - June 2016
Jeff Babko recorded at TudorTones
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters, Los Angeles