LINER NOTESIt Could Happen to You [7:27]
Johnny Burke, James Van Heusen
Petite Belle [8:14]
Second Floor Music
Hit the Brakes [7:02]
Grinnell Music (ASCAP)
Here's Looking At You [7:14]
Liberation Music Company c/o Reed Smith
Little Jimmy Fiddler [5:55]
New Version Music
Warm Valley [2:11]
One For Daddy-O [6:31]
Red Reflections [5:27]
Matheny Music (BMI)
Sagebrush Rebellion [6:27]
Matheny Music (BMI)
Produced by Dmitri Matheny
Recording engineer: Jim Merod
Mastering engineer: Steve McCormick
Recorded November 29, 2013 at Dizzy's in San Diego, California
Art Direction by Ballyard Design
Dedicated to Art Farmer
© 2014 Papillon Recordings/Matheny Music.
Distributed by Blueport Jazz.
All rights reserved.
Across more than thirty years of tracking live jazz in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Sarasota, San Diego and Europe, I’ve recorded a who’s who of trumpet and flugelhorn players: Clark Terry, Art Farmer, Sweets Edison, Freddy Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Red Rodney, Woody Shaw, Wynton Marsalis, Gilbert Castellanos, Brian Lynch, Claudio Roditi, Conte Candoli, Snooky Young, Joe Wilder, Doc Cheatham, Bill Berry, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Shew, Jerry Gonzalez, Allen Smith, Shorty Rogers, Kornel Fekete-Kovacs, Ron Stout, Carl Saunders, Johnny Coles, Eddie Henderson and Stacy Rowles.
Veteran of every jazz mode and mood and moment throughout the majority of the grand jazz tradition, pianist Hank Jones noted to me one afternoon in La Jolla that trumpet players are the “backstops” of jazz. Even though I was alert to his baseball reference, since I was a shortstop and a catcher in my youth, I was startled by his comparison. “Well, you know,” he added, “catchers control their pitchers, are on-field managers, and think one pitch ahead of everyone.”
I did not get his full meaning. Always mischievous, the great man looked at me in mock surprise. “Like catchers, trumpet players are emboldened by their roles. They oversee it all and hold it over everyone’s head.”
Twenty-five years later, Hank’s comment makes complete sense. Of the many trumpet and flugelhorn players I’ve spent significant time with, a majority carried the swagger and authority he named. Of those who (like Joe Wilder) augment an ensemble rather than dominate it, Dmitri Matheny occupies a position of benevolent spiritual beauty.
This is one of my favorite recordings.
I hope listeners enjoy the depth and delicacy of these songs crafted with Dmitri’s flugelhorn mastery.
—Jim Merod / BluePort Jazz / La Costa, California