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This is the debut of Matt Munisteri's New York-based vintage music band, Brock Mumford. A fine jazz guitarist, Munisteri has more or less rejected the jazz scene and cultivated an identity as a kind of old-timey singer/songwriter. His voice is polished and fairly conservative, his lyrics witty and unpredictable; his guitar playing reveals an impressive mastery of traditional styles, and he also doubles on banjo and mandolin. His instrumentation is doggedly offbeat - joining him are Will Holshouser on accordion/piano, Jon-Erik Kellso on trumpet, Jim Whitney on bass, and Quincy Davis on drums (from Tom Harrell's quintet). All are reliably crisp jazz players, but the emphasis here is on the art of the three- or four-minute song.
New York-based Matt Munisteri debuts his curiously named band, Brock Mumford, with Love Story. This quintet straddles several genres with honesty and conviction; jazz, swing, and cabaret are found embedded in the songs themselves, as well as in the playing and arrangements. Munisteri's warm and flexible voice, combined with his considerable guitar prowess, is sympathetically matched with the other members keyboards, bass, drums, and trumpet. The set's 14 songs are primarily Munisteri originals, and some were clearly written with his band in mind ("Sign Me Up," "Picciaridu"), while others could easily switch gears and head in one of several different directions. The set ends with a pair of covers. First is Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" which pays homage to Bob Dorough's jazz reading of this song recorded three decades ago. Closing the disc is the gorgeously evocative and subtly complex Van Dyke Parks jewel, "Orange Crate Art." Munisteri's guitar adaptation of this originally piano-based piece is perfectly rendered, with Will Holshouser's accordion stepping in for orchestral color and expanse. --David Greenberger
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Nevertheless, they executed all the music contained in "Love story" (along with two or three more unreleased songs from the next CD) in a very gratifying way, for us all: swing, groove, melodies and tricks, jokes and stuff with the public. In addition, we could enjoy every note in an environmental frame that was... to die for.
What I do want to point out is that I had well heard the CD already, so I could enjoy the concert as if I was "swimming in a hot water pool", but the people around was so happy about this "new" (!!!) music that, after the concert, they just run to buy "Love story"!!! Even the most "unpredictable" subjects: now go figure the typical middle aged italian, male and female, that can't be farther from the 20'/30' jazz music and from New York City, queuing patiently to buy and to get their copy autographed!!!!
This CD is exceptional and it will be of a great help for your soul when in any blue moment. My hat off to Matt and his courage for retrieving and feeding with new songs this old and new, beautiful, rich music style.
A little icing on the cake. After the saturday 10th concert we had the pleasure to attend to the jam held at the local pub, so we could appreciate the guys' astounding, incredible instrumental tecnique: while Joe Barbato, too happy about his brand new "italian fashion" jacket, was sipping some beer with us, we could drop our jaws watching all the "contemporary" numbers done by Matt, Jon and Danton on "All the things you are" and other tunes. Chorus after chorus, with always fresh ideas and lightning speed phrases.
Danton Boller: as much stellar on (my!) electric bass as humble and down to earth to... excuse himself about the "poor performance" (about which I was still bent on my knees, actually!!!)
Beautiful music from open hearted and very talented guys.
Matt & crew: you definitely deserve the best.
Matt Munisteri isn't just a witty, talented musician and a creative artist. He's an open-minded one whose influences and tastes are incredibly wide-ranging. I remember vividly spending endless nights up listening with Matt to his collection of jazz, country, folk, rock, funk - you name it. Dave Grisman, P-Funk, Defunkt, Django, Wes Montgomery...an endless array of contributions to Matt's own knowledge of the art and science of guitar.
But don't worry - you don't need to know a darn thing about music history or stylistic tendencies or anything to enjoy the sound of Matt's voice, his guitar style and the clever lyrics of this album.
Also recommended: "It's Been Swell..." CD by the same group.