Primary Instrument: Guitar
The distance between modern post-bop sounds and free jazz suffused with high-tech experimentalism narrows significantly on the new CD Quare, from André Matos, a brilliant young guitarist and Portuguese native now living in the United States. Released on Greg Osby's Inner Circle Music, Quare is Matos' third album as a leader, and it features his spectral playing in various musical settings with accompaniment from some of the top young jazz artists on the scene today.
Matos possesses a strikingly mature musical vision for an artist still in his late twenties. His first release, 2005's Pequenos Mundos (Small Worlds), showcases a more languid guitar style that stands atop the arrangements, but with his second album, Rosa-Shock, Matos began taking a more integrated approach in terms of balancing his instrumental voice with that of his band mates...
André Matos, Rosa Shock (TOAP, 2008)
João Lencastre, Communion One! (Fresh Sound New Talent, 2008)
Sara Serpa, Praia (Inner Circle Music, 2008)
Mikado Lab, Baligo (TOAP, 2008)
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