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Will Matthews / Press

“Matthews ability to showcase the styles of the Basie band past, combined with his more bluesy feel on his recent work, made for the kind of musical journey that has come to be expected in a Matthew's solo work.”

“He is a true Jazz player in the tradition of George Benson and Grant Green, but certainly not a clone. Great musical ideas and feel. The compositions are really nice. Mr. Matthews, keep Swingin'”

John Striclker - Amazon Reviews

"Matthews delivers a solid, straight-ahead preformance on his D'Angelico. For those who have become addicted to the pleasure of a guitar/organ ensemble, this session is a welcome fix."

Bill Barnes - Jazz.com

"Matthews is an articulate soloist,sounding like a cross between George Benson and Mark Elf. His disciplined staccato delivery comes at you full faced and unadorned, cutting through harmonic nuances to get to the flesh and bones of the changes."

Bill Barnes - Jazz.com

“Will Matthews has conquered the standard jazz repertoire but shines even more on his original compositions. The unexpected harmonic twists and turns puts a smile on my face. Thank you Will, for bringing a brighter light to the language of Jazz.”

Phil Upchurch - legendary guitarist

“Official Artist/Endorser: Will Matthews - My D'Angelico is the best guitar I've ever owned. It's evenly balanced, plays fast and sounds great acoustically, and even better with my amp.”

“Official Artist/Endorser: Will Matthews”

“Feature Article: Interview #47 May 2006”

Just Jazz Guitar

“Feature Article: Q&A #28 August 2001”

Just Jazz Guitar

“Feature Article: Aug/Sept 2004”

JAM Magazine

“Feature Article: One for the Count Feb/March 2003”

JAM Magazine

“Feature Article: Keeping Time With Will Matthews”

Dr.Wayne Goins - Jazz Improv Magazine

“If and when I leave the position of leader of the Count Basie Orchestra, the one act that I will be most proud of is to say that I had the privilege of hiring Will Matthews.”

Grover Mitchell, former leader - Count Basie Orchestra

“It was immediately obvious that he was something special. I could see the way he approached the guitar that he was a master of the instrument.”

Grover Mitchell, former leader - Count Basie Orchestra

“Freddie Green was our long time guitarist (over 50 years) and he in fact pretty much invented the rhythm guitar style in this band and probably influenced (including Will) all Big Band Rhythm Guitarist that followed. But Will has something extra to add, he is a wonderful soloist.”

Grover Mitchell, former leader - Count Basie Orchestra

“The selections on this CD includes some of the most challenging songs you can imagine! Without accompaniment, Will attacks all of these beautiful and difficult songs with the confidence and taste of the master instrumentalist that he is.”

Grover Mitchell, former leader - Count Basie Orchestra

“Mr. Matthews shows an overall concept that keeps the listener glued to the speakers. More of this please!”

Henk van den Hurk - Netherlands

“My, my, he's playing some beautiful chords and melodies, that's what I like to hear!”

Claude "Fiddler" Williams - Kansas City

“You like turnip and collard greens? Then you'll like Will Matthews CD very much. Tasty!”

Dr. Ronnell Bright - A Marquis Who's Who in American Entertainment

“Will Matthews is a True Blue Jazz Guitarist”

Phil Upchurch - legendary guitarist