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by Mat Marucci / Doug Webb

Progressive, Post-Bop
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. The Gamemaster
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6:20 album only
2. Waltz For Therese
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7:06 album only
3. Riff For Rusch
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8:42 album only
4. Change-Up
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5:39 album only
5. Hard Times
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6:13 album only
6. Alex-Dee
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1:46 album only
7. Festival
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7:32 album only
8. Spirit Room
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4:36 album only
9. Upstate Connection
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3:31 album only
10. Body And Soul
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Album Notes
Mat Marucci is an active performer, author, educator, and clinician listed in Who's Who In America, International Who's Who In Music (Cambridge, England) and the Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University). His performing and recording credits include jazz greats Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Buddy De Franco, John Tchicai, Pharoah Sanders and Les McCann. Mat also has several critically acclaimed recordings and music instruction books to his credit, with many of them garnering four and five stars in various trade magazines including Jazz Times, Jazziz and DownBeat.

Doug Webb is a graduate of the Berkelee College Of Music [Boston, MA] and his credits include performances and recordings with jazz artists Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Clarke, Poncho Sanchez, Quincy Jones to pop artists Rod Stewart and Carly Simon and as the saxophone soloist on the movie soundtracks for Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby.

Producer's Notes By Robert Rusch:

The music on these two releases is issued in the same order as it was recorded. This is my preferred choice if it programs well—which often it does not—as this reproduces even closer the actual concert experience. A minority of recorded sessions accomodate themselves to this kind of programming. The fact that a recording session offers up enough material for two releases and that they program well in chronological order is quite remarkable and, in this case, may be due in large part to the years of experience Mat and Doug have had playing sets in clubs. Listeners who have both issues (CIMPs 346 and 356) will notice two different takes of “Waltz for Therese” and “Riff for Rusch.” They are included not just for their excellence but, just as important, for their difference in presentation. RDR - February 2006


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Albert King

This is some of the best music I've listened to - ever!

David Dupont

Cadence Magazine
One of the characteristics of both CIMP and its sister label Cadence Jazz has been the promotion of mid-and late career performers. If a musician has something interesting to say, the labels will give him or her a forum to present it. Drummer Mat Marucci fits the bill, a musician with a short discography but experience playing with some of the best in the business from John Tchicai and Pharaoh Sanders to Buddy DeFranco.

That he has much to say is evident from the fact that what was originally scheduled as a date to produce one CD, ended up producing two. Change-Up is the second issue, but don’t think that means second rate. As is his wont producer Bob Rusch decided to issue the session in the order it was recorded, so this is really a second set.

Marucci provided most of the tunes, save for the closer “Body andSoul,” which the drummer and saxophonist Doug Webb typically use to open club dates, and one collective concoction, “Spirit Room.” Marucci’s pieces are scene setters. They have a directness that I’d expect from a drummer. The heads of “The Gamemaster” and “Change-Up” could almost be played on drums especially by someone with Marucci’s melodic inclinations. For all their surface simplicity though they provide ample material for the trio to explore. On “Change-Up” both Webb, on tenor, and bassist Filiano make use of the tune’s defining descending motif as signposts in their solos.

Webb is impressive on all his horns with the astringency of his soprano and stritch complemented by the fuller, warm tone of his tenor. His tone on the bigger horn is showcased on the probing ballad “Hard Times.” Filiano is a fine choice for the trio. He plays both melodic counterpoint under the horn and percussive counter rhythms with the drums. Throughout the leader delineates the substructure of the tunes, helping to shape the performances. Those performances, whether the abstractions “Spirit Room” or the up tempo bebop of “Alex-Lee” are always striking, reflecting a musician who makes the most of his opportunities.

David Dupont

©Cadence Magazine 2007

Edward Dunn

sacramento news & review
By Edward Dunn

This article was published on 07.17.08.

Drummer Mat Marucci.....has a knack for delivering powerful performances in seemingly effortless packages, and he’s similarly talented at recognizing collaborators who can do the same. Combining the sense of free-bop with the sensibility of cool jazz (oh-so very Californian cool jazz), Marucci and his mates—Webb on saxes, Filiano on bass—appear to take a leisurely run through the tunes on Change Up—nine original songs, plus a cover of the Johnny Green standard “Body and Soul”—but there’s no mistaking the technical fireworks provided by all three of these rock-solid talents. Webb, in particular, shines. He displays a wonderfully lyric modalism—perhaps a nod to his time playing alongside Freddie Hubbard and Horace Silver.

Rigobert Dittman - Bad Alchemy Magazine, Germany

On Change-Up (CIMP #356), the follow-up to 3 The Hard Way (CIMP # 346),drummer Mat Marucci, Doug Webb on soprano & tenor saxophone plus stritch, and Ken Filiano on double bass thank their hosts with 'Riff for Rusch', 'Spirit Room' and 'Upstate Connection'.
To set off from California to the St. Lawrence County corner of New York and a village of hardly 800 souls, it needs a special date. But Bob Rusch had ordered from Marucci "your originals. maybe one standard. no
compromises", so 3000 miles are no big deal. Surplus value for Body And Soul are delivered by the perfect rapport of the trio and by the quick,light, melodious flourish fizzing and bubbling from Webb's horn like from a gargoyle symbolizing pleasure and plenty. But to the 'Spirits' they donate and thank....bluesy and devoted.

Tom Hull

A drummer and a saxophonist with widely scattered session credits get a shot to play free in Cadence's for-audiophiles-only studio, and make the most of it.
I've managed to hustle Cadence into sending a couple of CIMP batches (they release 5 CDs four times a year).... This was the best of the batch..... practically the gold star stamp of quality on left-of-center jazz records.

Glenn Astarita - Ejazz News

Drummer/educator Mat Marucci and his saxophonist of choice, Doug Webb,
flew in from California to join first-call jazz bassist Ken Filiano
at this record label’s upstate N.Y., studio to record this session.
As a drummer, Marucci’s solid comps largely feature memorable themes
amid variable rhythmic structures. And it's a democratic engagement,
where all parties enjoy ample soloing space.

The band professes many different colors and shades here. They’re
tight, loose and garrulous. And Marucci is a catalyst throughout,
especially during the band’s often power-packed free-jazz and free-
bop jaunts. On “Hard Times,” the drummer’s tom-tom based press rolls
spawn a spiritual theme, filled with lament but revved up by Webb’s
contrasting tonalities. With this piece in particular, it’s blues
without borders.

One of the striking elements of this session pertains to the trio’s
multifaceted line of attack. Nothing gets stale or overwrought. As
the composition titled “Upstate Connection,” is accentuated by
Marucci’s brisk brushwork in support of Filiano’s intricately
executed lines -- all integrated into a scrappy duet movement.

They close it all out with a spunky rendition of “Body and Soul,”
which serves as the lone standard on this outing. For selfish
reasons, I wish Marucci would record more often. A superfine
progressive jazz sojourn, it is. – Glenn Astarita

Miff Mole

KSDS-FM, San Diego
Sounds are great!