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  • Jonathan Widran

DAVID K. MATHEWS, The Fantasy Vocal Sessions, Vol. 1, Standards

This “other” Dave Mathews is a multi-faceted, Bay Area based jazz wonder to behold, a 40 year veteran sideman who started his career with Tower of Power, backed Etta James for over 20 years and currently tours with Santana. On his first album as a leader in 15 years, he goes the Quincy Jones large ensemble route, playing and soloing brilliantly on acoustic piano with his favorite hand-picked jazz greats behind some of the great vocalists he’s worked with. Mathews fulfills his vision colorfully, giving reign on an expanse of Songbook standards to Steve Miller, Maria Muldaur, Tony Lindsay, Kenny Washington, Nicolas Bearde and many others.

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