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. Key to Matos' development in this regard has been a steady association with pianist Leo Genovese (known also for his work with Argentine singer Sofia Rei Koutsovits) and bassist Thomas Morgan, as well with budding vocal star Sara Serpa, also from Portugal--and the guitarist's partner in many musical settings. Adding drummer Ted Poor to the rhythm section and bringing in Noah Preminger on tenor saxophone for several cuts on Quare undeniably enhanced the musicality and adventurousness of the recording, a sign that Matos thinks compositionally and seeks the right atmosphere for his ideas
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