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Matthew Von Doran

After 20 years of gradually building his rep as a reliable and versatile sideman on the Orange County, California circuit, guitarist Matthew Von Doran is finally stepping out as a leader in his own right with In This Present Moment. Produced by Jimmy Haslip, bassist with the internationally renowned Yellowjackets, this debut outing from Von Doran finds the guitarist surrounded by a cast of jazz heavyweights including saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Bob Sheppard, drummers Peter Erskine, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Novak and Marcus Baylor, B-3 organist Larry Goldings, bassists James Genus and Haslip himself. An impressive showcase that highlights Von Doran's warm, inviting tone and accomplished six-string work in a variety of settings, In This Present Moment is a fitting introduction to this new face on the post-Metheny/post- Scofield guitar landscape.

"The record has a nice eclectic mix but it's not too all over the map," says Von Doran in addressing his own eclectic nature as a guitarist. From the hauntingly melodic opener "Balance" to the earthy N'awlins flavored funk of "Measure Once" to the fervently swinging "Critical Mass," sparked by the ace rhythm tandem of bassist Genus and drummer Baylor and featuring a killing tenor solo from Mintzer, Von Doran still covers a lot of bases stylistically on In This Present Moment, showcasing a fluid linear approach and rich chordal voicings along the way. Organist Goldings adds a thick B-3 cushion underneath the aptly-named "Swang," which is fueled by the briskly swinging, interactive pulse of Carrington on the kit and culminates in some heated trading between organ and guitar. That potent organ trio also appears on the breezy, Latin flavored "Z" and the more ethereal "Ex Nihilo."

Producer Haslip appears alongside his Yellowjackets bandmate Baylor on the challenging, post-boppish vehicle "Vanity Strikes," which also features a burning solo from vibist Roger Burn. Former Chick Corea Elektric Band drummer Gary Novak provides the slamming backbeat on the powerful groover "Cable." And for a radical change of pace, Von Doran also pulls out his 11-string nylon string fretless Godin guitar on the provocative "Trick," which is underscored by some adventurous interplay between bassist Olesczkiewicz and drummer Erskine. Von Doran closes the collection in poignant fashion with the melancholic acoustic guitar ballad "Somewhere Before," which features some sensitive brushwork from Erskine and is also highlighted by a beautifully expressive solo upright bass intro by Darek "Oles" Olesczkiewicz.

From opener to closer, there's not a weak link on In This Present Moment. It's a strong first statement for this guitar talent deserving of wider recognition.

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Matthew Von Doran Quick Quotes...

• "Von Doran's debut announces the arrival of a singular voice on electric and acoustic guitars. Everything about this recording works." - Ejazz News

• "5 Stars! Guitarist Matthew Von Doran combines outstanding composition, state-of-the-art sound, and a world-class lineup to create one of the finest jazz albums in recent memory." - Modern Drummer Magazine

• "4 Stars!!! Von Doran is an artist with vision and an emerging style that makes him someone to watch. He is clearly his own man; there is no sense of compromise on a recording that is completely engaging, with plenty of melodic hooks, solid grooves and fine playing." -All About Jazz

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Beginning, intermediate & advanced students in the Los Angeles & Saint Louis area please call 949-642-3785 for more info or visit http://www.privatelessons.com/daypoint/media/editsnapshot.asp? mode=view&showmail=true&userid=5685

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Clinic Topics In addition to fundamental jazz subject matter... - Real world musicianship skills - Creating a goal oriented practice agenda - time management techniques - the whole-music experience: mind, body, & spirit - improving focus & concentration - guitar master classes - finding the essence of improvisational concepts. - DIY music business & promotion: the new model for the jazz career - performance concepts: using charts from his critically acclaimed CD, In this Present Moment, Matthew takes the jazz ensemble through the steps of discerning new music.

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