The Mosaic CD project features some of Australia's finest musicians. The CD title reflects the nature of the music in that the arrangements consist of a patchwork of intricate detail worthy of repeated listening. Categorising original music is often difficult. This music would fall somewhere between world music and jazz. The CD is varied in style and includes Latin, funk, jazz, soul and even classical elements. There are some wonderful improvised solos by Joe Chindamo, Gary Norman and myself, as well as fresh original and innovative arrangements throughout.
You may purchase the Mosaic CD which includes the six panels of beautiful artwork by master artists The Pickled Pixies (see below).
Alternatively, you may download individual tracks as high quality MP3s.To preview excerpts from the CD click on the links to the right.
"Mosaic, the new release from Mike Mathews, has a nice blend of smooth jazz, swinging blues, funk, and bop. From the first tune starting out with a fairground/circus theme, appropriately entitled Fairground and transitioning to smooth jazz, then into the second tune Transition which has some great melodic fretless lines, this release covers the broad range of the jazz genre. Funkiness abound with funk junk and his own arrangement of Donna Lee will keep you grooving. I’ve heard many different versions of Donna Lee, and along with Jaco’s version, I really like how this was arranged. Starting out with just percussion and bass, then getting into the rest of the tune a little later on really impressed.One of the tunes that really stood out for me was Passepied 1 en Rondo (from English Suite No. 5 in E Minor). It is a must listen as is all the other tunes on Mosaic. Some really fine musicians from Australia join Mike on this release including Joe Chindamo (piano), Gary Norman (guitar), Tom See Poy (piano), Justin Humphries (drums and percussion), Paul Richards (drums), Kate Tempany (tabla), and quite a few others."
"The best of 2012."
"Features some wonderful work."
""Check out bass virtuoso Michael Mathews' new CD, definitely worth a listen for those of you who can't get enough BASS!!! Great player and a damnfine fella."
"One of the best CD's featuring the bass that I've heard in recent times. I found myself playing it many times. It's great."
Preview Mosaic Tracks