Review at All About Jazz (march, 5th, 2009)


By Mark F. Turner .. ..

Fresh out of Boston’s Berkelee College of Music in 2008, Brazilian guitarist Mateus Starling presents Kairos and boldly abandons following in the typical footprints of jazz canons to pursue his own path. With highly developed chops sharpened in varied settings (TV broadcasts/jingles, jazz, rock, gospel, ethnic music), this debut charts Starling and a band of his peers (talented members from Brazil, the United States and Chile) in a live studio setting.
An unadulterated performance of eclectic jazz-rock-funk in a grungy jam-band stew, the music sets forth with eight tracks that sound more like
Marc Ribot‘s experimentalism than what might be expected from the calmer rhythmic shores of Cabo Frio in Rio de Janeiro, where Starling was born.
The mix includes the dirty funk backbone of “Exodus,” a slow grinder that moves into free jazz with Starlings’ hyper-mode guitar and saxophonist Jesse Scheinin’s acerbic reeds, supported in good stead by Chris Cabrera (bass) and Pablo Eluchan (drums). Next in line comes the very hip “Good Moments,” stamped by a wah-wah riff and elongated sax lines, then later “Jericho,” a distant and unruly cousin of swing, with dicey unison lines and stand out solos from Starling and Cabrera.
As striking as Starling performs (both technically and creatively), this is a complete group effort. On the irregular-metered “Brazilian Funk,” Scheinin shows off with some soulful playing while Eluchan’s provides the exciting battery. Another underscore is “Guerreiro,” marked by its funky bass thread, psychotic guitar and horn shouts; it grooves very hard and everyone shines.
Throw in a pleasant but somewhat awkward ballad in “Pai,” the impressive Brazilian flavored “Pacoca” where Starling artfully shows his roots, and the hallucinogenic dream of “The Ark” and this debut uncovers a very promising guitarist who thankfully can deliver without having to sound like everyone else.

cd-mateus-kairosMATEUS STARLING – Kairos

Written by Branimir Lokner
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

( Self – released ) 2009.
Fusion/jazz – BRAZIL

A Brazilian artist Mateus Starling could be a new important name on modern jazz scene. He is guitarist,still young, but with intensive carrear behind. He started as a guitarist, influental by the rock music, and his first professional steps, he did with many local artists and bands.
Later on, he played with band Karambah, and received a respectable national status as a musician. He was also active on national gospel scene, but a new begining started for him, getting scholarship to study at famous Barklee Collage in 2005. During the second part of the
2008, with his collaborators, he recorded a material for actuelle album. And in January 2009, “Kairos” looked the light of day.
Mateus is a convinceble performer and his technique touches many so call jazz fields. He has a special “ear” for timing and atmosphere, and “Kairos” as a album mostly communicate with one modern fusion/jazz-rock option. There are 8 instrumental themes on album, full of constant up-tempo challengies, and often dialogues between guitar and saxophone. Even that some of reviewers could find some comparabilities in Mateus approach with composing and performing methods of Scofield, Zorn or McLaughlin, brazilian guitarist has showed enough newer tendencies in his way of thinking and playing. Finally, “Kairos” is a very modern fusion/jazz album, worth listeners attention.

Rating : 9/10.

This week’s Brazilian edition of OurStage Model U.N.! The music of Brazil is known to be representative of its people, a diverse range of influences from all over the world. For the country that gave us such great gifts like Carmen Miranda, the Samba and the Bossa Nova, it’s a bit of a downer that more recent developments in Brazilian music aren’t well known in the states. Fortunately, American music bloggers gushing over 60’s psychedelic garage rockers Os Mutantes and new ravers CSS, have helped spark an interest in Brazilian music of old and new. To quench your curiosity,  take a break from making your Carnival costume and give these Brazilian artists on OurStage a shot:

Autoramas are quite popular in Brazil’s alternative rock scene. After all— not just any band gets to open for the likes of Mudhoney, the Pixies and Guitar Wolf. With new wave influences such as Devo and The B-52’s, the band has the potential to win over many new fans in the states.

Brazilian born guitarist Mateus Starling is bursting at the seams with talent. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mateus paid the bills by writing TV jingles and working as a session musician. Earlier this year, Starling released Kairos, his debut solo album with a live jazz instrumental focus. Listen to the track “Guerreiro” and you’ll understand why critics in Brazil are calling him the “future of the Brazilian guitar.”