-Tribute to Stevie Wonder-Portraits of Wonder-
"Sumptuous arrangements that brilliantly recontextualize Wonder's music" JazzTimes Magazine
"This is a jazz record, the jazz vibe brings out the elegance of Wonder's music"
New Orleans Times-Picayune
Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing featuring Brian Blade & John Ellis
Higher Ground featuring Nicholas Payton & Leah Chase
Isn't She Lovely featuring Brian Blade & George French
By: Alison Fenterstock, NOLA.com/Times Picayune
August 20th, 2014
Last week, my whimsical Facebook request for New Orleans musicians to send in photos of their pets was a resounding success. I received almost 30 photos of musical pets, from cats with vinyl records to dogs with guitars...Jazz pianist and composer Matt Lemmler, though, upped the ante. In 2001, he released Portraits of Wonder, his debut album and a tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder. Yesterday, he sent along a music video for his interpretation of Wonder's "Ebony Eyes." The recording features Leah Chase and George French, but the star of the video is Beignet the puppy.