Recorded live at La Note Café and Restaurant Provencal in Berkeley, California earlier this year, Dmitri Matheny’s third album offers ballad material suitable for framing and displaying in the living room where you’ll be able to revisit it every day when you come home from a hard day’s work. The trio’s members form a cohesive seamless unit made up of equal parts soulful expression, caressing phrases, imaginative asides, and dedicated lyricism. Matheny, who will turn 33 on Christmas Day, was born in Nashville and spent his early childhood there. By the time he started learning to play the trumpet his family moved to Tucson, Arizona and the artist’s love for wide-open spaces became embedded in his music. A return to the big city and to the Berklee College of Music in Boston seems to have influenced his compositions as well. More information about the flugelhornist is available from http://www.mathenymusic.com and http://www.monarchrecords.com .
Marian McPartland’s "Twilight World" fuses a subtle Latin rhythm with relaxed flugelhorn and piano musings. Matheny employs an original technique whereby he tapers the end of a centerpiece phrase with a gentle steady stream of air – without tone. It’s as if one were conversing and using a gentle sigh for effect. Matheny’s bop-derived "Geneva" and his happy up-tempo Jamaican romp "Soca Nova" provide a few lively highlights; the audience especially loved Grant’s Monkish piano solo spot on "Geneva." A sensitive and expressive new voice on today’s jazz scene, Dmitri Matheny is preaching smooth sounds without losing sight of the quality in music. Recommended.
Track Listing: Stardust; When Lights Are Low; Twilight World; Spring Skylight; Whisper, Muse; Geneva; Soca Nova; Corcovado; Saturn
Personnel: Dmitri Matheny- flugelhorn; Darrell Grant- piano; Bill Douglass- acoustic bass.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.