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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Come Travel With Me To... Mat Mathews

Come Travel With Me...
Mat Mathews And His Orchestra
Cover photo by Vicent J. R. Kehoe
ABC-Paramount ABC 269

Available from online vendors so I will not be posting a sample.

The spicy cover art and Birdland jacket notes references might leave you wanting more from this very light set, however, the easy-listening arrangements are well-crafted and make for a pleasant play-through.

From Billboard - May 18, 1959: Mr. Mathews and his accordion capture the mood and flavor of many corners of the globe to provide for 30 minutes of fine listening. Attractive cover should encourage sales.

From the back cover: Mat Mathews, born in Holland, traveled extensively in Europe and North Africa before coming to the United States in 1952. He is a true 'international musician' with strong contemporary American leanings.

Mat Mathew's experience have been varied: played with his original combo in Birdland and other jazz clubs throughout the United States, arranged and conducted the orchestra behind Carmen MacRae's first recordings, appeared on major television shows as jazz soloist... Arthur Godfrey... Tonight Show... CBS TV... and so on. Mat's appearances at military installations and USO clubs have been received with great enthusiasm by the boys

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