Matt Geraghty is a bassist without borders, a sonic traveler whose musical pursuits have drawn him to the local music scenes on four continents. Geraghty has collaborated with musicians from Brazil, Colombia, West Africa, Japan, India, and Trinidad, and has journeyed deep into the musical enclaves of Spain, France, Portugal, Cuba, Colombia, and the Philippines.
Matt's list of music collaborations crosses all genres of music and includes projects and recordings with 3-time grammy winning pianist Gil Goldstein, 7-time grammy winning drummer Paul Wertico, Polish star vocalist Anna Maria Jopek, Indian Sarangi Master Ramesh Misra and grammy winning harmonica virtuoso and original member of Bela Fleck and Flecktones Howard Levy.
Drawing inspiration from Pat Metheny's melodic clarity and Herbie Hancock's moody, electric grooves, Geraghty crafts a global sound that's rooted in the style of contemporary jazz. His compositions are both atmospheric and tuneful, serving as compelling narratives of the journeys that continue to shape his musical style.
"One has to applaud Geraghty for taking risks and attempting to fuse different cultures together"-Jazz Review.com
"Departures is one of the most comfortable albums I’ve listened to in awhile. Listening to it feels like throwing on a well broken-in pair of slippers. For fans of contemporary jazz, there’s no way you’ll go wrong with this disc. Definitely recommended."
-Paul Abella (WDCB Radio)
"One would hope more Chicago jazz fans would pick up a copy of Departures and catch this talented and original young voice on the scene the next time he comes to town, and let us hope that is sooner rather than later."-Brad Walseth (ChicagoJazz.net)
On his 4th recording ‘DEPARTURES’ bassist and composer Matt Geraghty propels his cross pollination of jazz and world music into new territory. Bringing together musicians from Poland, India, Armenia, Russia, Brazil, New York and Chicago Matt presents 12 new internationally inspired compositions.
“DEPARTURES” features contributions of Polish vocalist Anna Maria Jopek, Indian sarangi virtuoso Ramesh Misra, 3-time Grammy winner Gil Goldstein on piano and accordion, Grammy nominated drummer Mark Walker, guitarist Neal Alger, Brazilian drummer Adriano Santos, Russian pianist Misha Tsiganov and guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg.