Matthew Von Doran is known as one of the top guitarist in Orange County California and so the quality of this work was of NO surprise to me having lived through Matthew's rise to the top. His vision and knowledge of just where he wants to go musically gives him a sure edge enabling his style to emerge without compromise or apologies.
Offering the listener the ride of rides, Matthew takes us on a journey from the melodic tenor sax solo by Bob Shepherd on BALANCE to the uptempo swing run texturized by the vibraphone of Roger Burns on CRITICAL MASS and onward through Matthew's fancy finger work on TRICK only to tempt the soul with the latin feel of Ex Nihilo and finally reaching the nylon string epic, SOMEWHERE BEFORE backed expertly by Darek Oles Oleszkiewicz(bass) and Peter Erskine(drums).
Having the priviledge to book/manage Matthew for years in rock, jazz and swing bands including the Don Miller Band, I found myself in a unique position to watch the star rise. He listened, he learned, he asked questions, found the answers and played...with everyone of quality he could find , using the club scene in OC and LA as his battlefield. So you would think that of COURSE I would like the record, but that is not really true. I have seen hundreds come and go and RARELY is there a piece of product that stands so high above the rest. This is one of those rare CDs. The quality of production by Jimmy Haslip, the incredible artwork throughout Matthew's package, the unbelievable performances by the all star lineup of players, and of course Matthew's writing style, delivery and emotional musical moves, makes this product undeniable.
Matthew Von Doran has found his place and will continue to climb to new heights as the world recognizes this talented man's music and energy.