Unfettered by tradition and the usual jazz influences, Jordi Matas is an exceptional guitarist in Barcelona Spain, distinguished by his unique voice and always interestingly written material. His third release, Landscape, is a live recording featuring the organ-based Organic Trio and it's his most memorable recording to date. Joined by Albert Sanz on Hammond B3 and David Xirgu on drums, Landscape captures a special performance of three musicians in tune to their surrounding (at the Jamboree Club in Barcelona, 2007) and with each other, creating an environment that was electric, spontaneous and open. There are a few ...read more
"After The Gig," the opening track on Racons, sounds like an electrified Oregon--not so much because of the instrumentation as the metrically loose but rhythmically sophisticated interplay of the quintet. That said, the reedy and lilting soprano sax work of Marti Serra runs through the track with Paul McCandless' shoes on.Jordi Matas is a fine writer of sometimes dark, sometimes playful electric music that sits solidly in the modern guitar tradition. He's done an excellent job recruiting his band, including the stellar Jorge Rossy, whose Fender Rhodes playing is the perfect complement to the denser moments of Matas' ...read more
The debut recording from Spanish guitarist Jordi Matas brings a fresh perspective to the art of cool. His hollow body guitar exudes feeling through his emphasis on thoughtful phrasing, balanced notes, and empathy for the music.
All That Matas features his quintet with sax, piano, guitar, and rhythm section. An interesting personnel tidbit lies in that fact that the piano duties are carried out by Jorge Rossy, who is better known as the drummer with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau. While the rest of the players may not be as well known, their performances contribute to the strength and vitality of ...read more