A wide range of talent shares the spotlight on this tightly composed album. It’s soft, smooth, a little perky, yet, introspective and thought provoking.
Opening with a sensitive guitar melody, Balance,
continues into a thought provoking journey with tenor saxophone by Bob Sheppard, accompanied by Darek "Oles" Oleszkiewicz on acoustic bass and Peter Erskine doing a soft drum brush in the background.Critical Mass
is more uptempo with Von Doren doing perky runs across his electric guitar strings and the very talented Roger Burn providing an interesting texture on vibraphone. Bob Mintzer plays tenor sax. Marcus Baylor accompanies on drums.
Another perky, spirited tune, Swang,
features Von Doran’s guitar moves backed by keyboard maestro Larry Goldings on organ. Terri Lyne Carrington does a gentle accompaniment, backing this pair of artists.Measure Once
shares a smoothness among the musicians’ interactive talents, keeping the audience gently in tune. Again, Sheppard’s tenor sax does a running solo spot, showing off some unique notes.
Von Doran’s impeccable finger work shines during Trick,
as Matthew plays an 11 string guitar a very unusual, highly skilled talent.
Each song on this ten-track album was composed by Matthew Von Doran, a talented young, independent composer and guitarist.
Von Doran set out to produce an eclectic CD with a wide variety of hot musicians, creating a style all his own rather than copying someone else’s style or flavor.
Von Doran’s background includes playing with the Don Miller Big Band, providing music for the television shows The Nanny
As producer, co-guitarist, Jimmy Haslip says, "Matthew is a very talented young man. When I heard him play for the first time, I knew I could help put together a nice album for him. He has a bright future."
It’s unusual for an artist to hit the ground running with a first album. But, Von Doran took the talent given him and let it shine.