Matthew Rybicki / Press

"He has a knack for instantly singable melodies.”

Jon Ross - Downbeat

““Driven is a rare bird—a memorable, sharply attenuated date with a steady momentum and standout solos.””

Nick Bewsey - Icon Magazine

““With his debut CD, Driven, Rybicki has formally entered the jazz scene as a performer and composer of note. Recording with Ron Blake, Freddie Hendrix, Gerald Clayton and Ulysses Owens, he was able to capture innovative and sophisticated performances on newly created original works that maintain ties to the history of jazz.””

Ken Dryden - All About Jazz - New York

““With degrees from Berklee and Juilliard and sideman experience with the best jazz players in the city, he waited until age 37 to record his first CD. The results are worth the wait…””

North Country Public Radio

““Ow--wee!  The 37 year old bass ace wanted to make sure he paid all his proper jazzbo dues before coming out with what had to be an auspicious debut.  He done did it.””

Chris Spector - Midwest Record

““At age 37, it was about time to record as a leader, and even from a cursory listen to his CD, Driven, the wait was overdue, as this CD has a polish and professionalism that rises well above an artist’s first CD.””

Jeff Krow - Audiophile Audition

““Driven has a wide variety of fresh jazz that is performed well.””

D. Oscar Groomes - O's Place Jazz Magazine

““Rybicki commands a strong, pliable tone that signals him the expert leader of the dance, effortlessly twirling his partners through complex rotations, then slipping unnoticed from support role to front-and-center.””

““It may have taken awhile for Rybicki to release his first work as a leader but the results reap the benefits of his patience. With the help of a great backing band and a nimble pen, he has proven he is more than ready for the spotlight.””

Sean O'Connell - The New York City Jazz Record