Matthew Von Doran
Guitarist Matthew Von Doran has assembled a talent cast of players on this tastefully creative, not to mention artfully packaged album. Featured are such renowned instrumentalists as drummers Peter Erskine and Terri Lynne Carrington, saxophone icon Bob Mintzer, and bassist Jimmy Haslip, who also produced the album. With company like that, one would rightly expect that Von Doran would be a guitarist of considerable talent, which is borne true throughout the album. The upbeat Critical Mass features a great vibes solo by Roger Burn, followed by Mintzer, Von Doran, then a noteworthy foray on the upright bass by James Genus. Measure Once has a great swarthy feel, like Herbie Hancock’s tune for Mongo Santamaria, Watermelon Man featuring Von Doran’s guitar, with its Fender Vibratone sound, burning like glowing amber embers. On Trick Von Doran dons an 11-string axe for a lascivious ramble across some very cool chord changes. Erskine and upright bassist Darek, Oles Oleszkiewicz cop the attitude, as well. Dear Listener: You’ve been served. While at first the album may seem somewhat traditional, particularly in its song format, head, solos, recap, and coda, within this structure Van Doran and friends Say and Do much (note caps). Repeated listening affirms this album’s numerous superlative moments.