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viernes, 27 de mayo de 2016

Mat Mathews • Modern Art of Jazz

Artist Biography by Scott Yanow
Throughout his career, Mat Mathews fought an uphill battle to get the accordion accepted in bop-oriented jazz. He learned to play music during the Nazi occupation, and after the war ended, Mathews was inspired to play jazz when he heard a radio broadcast of Joe Mooney. He worked locally in Holland including most notably with the Millers from 1947-50. After moving to New York in 1952, he put together a quartet that for a time featured (and introduced) the young Herbie Mann on flute and tenor. Mathews' other sidemen included Art Farmer, Julius Watkins, Joe Puma, Oscar Pettiford, Percy Heath and Kenny Clarke. In addition to making records as a leader, Mathews also recorded with Carmen McRae from 1954-55. By the end of the decade he was mostly working as a studio musician, and in 1964 Mathews returned to the Netherlands. His importance to jazz greatly lessened as he has primarily worked in the studios as a player, arranger and producer, but Mathews' performances in the 1950s made a strong case for the accordion in jazz. Mathews recorded as a leader for the Dutch Van Wouw label (four titles in 1944), Brunswick (1953-54), Dawn (1956), Savoy (a 1957 date with four French horn players), Verve (live at Newport in 1957), JJM, Design and, back in the Netherlands, Ariola (1975).

Accordion –  Mat Mathews
Alto Saxophone – Gigi Gryce
Bass – Oscar Pettiford
Drums – Kenny Clarke
Flute – Herbie Mann
French Horn – Julius Watkins
Guitar – Joe Puma
Piano – Dick Katz
Trumpet – Art Farmer

01. Not So Sleepy
02. Not See How You Are
03. The Puritan
04. As Time Goes By
05. What A Difference A Day Made
06. Summertime
07. Knights At The Castle
08. How Deep Is The Ocean
09. I Only Have Eyes For You
10. Later On
11. Humoresque (Bonus Track)
12. Flamingo (Bonus Track)

Recorded in New York City, 1956

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