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by Mateus Starling

Jazz-rock fusion oriented cd. Lots of improvisation lead by a brazilian guitar player with a high level quartet.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Exodus
6:52 album only
2. Good moments
6:59 album only
3. Jerico
8:46 album only
4. Brazilian funk
5:35 album only
5. Guerreiro
6:32 album only
6. Pai
4:31 album only
7. Paçoca
5:16 album only
8. The ark
5:59 album only


Album Notes
Mateus Starling is a brazilian guitar player and composer that offers a distinctive voice to the world of jazz-fusion guitar. His approach to improvisation, rhythmic concepts and compositions is getting worldwide attention.

Graduated from Berklee college of music, majored in performance and recorded his debut cd (Kairos) in 2008 and released it in January 2009.

Kairos has been considered one of the best albums in the jazz-fusion genre from the past years. Articles and reviews have been published on the biggest magazines and blogs of music such as: guitar player, cover guitar, axe magazine (Italy), ultimate guitar, all about jazz, and others.

At Berklee had great teachers as Mick Goodrick, Hal Crook and David Tronzo.

Back in Brasil in 2009 already had the opportunity to play and record with top musicians and producers. Mateus also plays with his group (Mateus Starling quartet) and as a free lancer in live shows and records and write lessons for Brazilian magazine cover guitarra.

Since 2009 Mateus start doing video classes with many different approaches for improvisation. Check it out at the link "lessons".
In the Press:

"With highly developed chops sharpened in varied settings Mateus Starling is a very promising guitarist who thankfully can deliver without having to sound like everyone else".
ALL ABOUT JAZZ (march, 5th, 2009)
by Mark F. Turner

"Mateus Starling is part of a new and great generation of musicians. Kairos (debut album) presents great compositions and amazing instrumental executions from this young and talent musician.
(guitar player - jun 2009)

"Mateus himself plays well-chosen notes with tremendous feeling. He shows no fear of getting out there when he is improvising, and no ego to limit his ability to demonstrate his delicate touch when the music calls for it".
by Rick Calic

"I was literally blown away by this guy, amazing compositions and masterful playing, a true jazz fusion product".
by Stan Stapleton

Kairos is a compelling and innovative artistic achievement for the young guitarist and his band of remarkable musicians.
FUSION MAGAZINE - USA (13th september, 2009)

"If we want to find any similarity to Mateus playing we need to make a great effort cause he has a very unique touch."
(Axe magazine – Italy)

"Mateus Starling, guitar player from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is of those who embrace the idea of many possibilities to fusion by exploring new sonorities, sometimes using dodecaphonist techniques of composition or by using improvisational ways. It is an essential part of his musical personality as you can hear in kairos his first solo album ".
(Cover guitar – Brazil)



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albert lee

Man, this cd is amazing. Great compositions, extremely competent band mates, intuitive improvisation, fantastic use of space and
dynamics, sounds live, genuine originality, what else to say? I got this cd last week and i hear it twice a day and it surprise me all the time.
This is not a guitar player cd for guitar players cause everybody is playing together all the time, and the bands reaction is one of the best I've heard in a long time. Mateus plays with no fear on the guitar and all other musicians are top as well, even when they are not improvising they are adding something. Jesse on the sax also did a amazing job on the solos, beautiful sound and great solos. Bass and drums great musicians to...really an amazing debut cd, the quality of the cd is also, don`t think, buy it.

Rick Calic - Jazz Rock World

Bursting Through The Gate
I love this Cd.

From the first few notes, my ears were greeted by great compositions, genuinely intuitive group improvisation, and some highly skilled risk taking by all the band members. Throughout the recording, I couldn’t escape the feeling that this music might have been made during the Golden Age of Jazz Rock Fusion.

Even though Mateus is a recent graduate of The Berklee College [Summa Cum Laude and majored in performance] the entire band’s use of 'space' and 'dynamics' make them sound like long time pros with a very distinct style all their own. In fact, the choice to make the Cd with all musicians in the studio at the same time create some of the best ‘listening’ and ‘reacting’ I’ve heard in a long time.

Mateus himself plays well-chosen notes with tremendous feeling. He shows no fear of getting out there when he is improvising, and no ego to limit his ability to demonstrate his delicate touch when the music calls for it. In fact, everyone in the band sacrifices individual playing completely for the sake of the music in the ‘moment’. I especially like the fact that Mateus also knows when NOT to play. That is a truly unique gift in this age of the dominating ‘guitar shredder’ that has sadly become the signature sound of modern fusion.

It’s hard to believe that this is the bands first recording and I’m eagerly awaiting more from Mateus and mates.
Rick Calic