Daniel Matto Groovin’ with The DMQ

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

As an instrumentalist, Daniel has performed throughout Australia, Sweden and Finland in big bands and other ensembles. Daniel then realized his true musical passion was singing and went on to study voice at the Australian Conservatory of Music in Sydney.

As a jazz vocalist, Daniel started a lounge-styled band, The Martini Orchestra, one that mixed original songs with tunes from the likes of Burt Bacharach and Sinatra. His vocal chops soon caught the attention of some of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, including internationally-acclaimed pianist Dave MacRae and singer Joy Yates, who became something of a mentor. He went on to perform with Yates and MacRae at various  high-profile jazz festivals in Australia and New Zealand.
When Daniel migrated to Halifax in 2007, the land Down Under waved goodbye to one of its most promising young jazz vocalists. Daniel now calls Halifax home, performing regularly in clubs and festivals on the East Coast. Word of his charm as a performer quickly spread and as a result he has performed as guest soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia and the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra.

Daniel Matto Groovin' with The DMQDaniel Matto Groovin' with The DMQHis CD, I’m Old Fashioned, was nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year in the 2010 Music Nova Scotia Awards and the 2011 East Coast Music Awards. Now his latest offering, Groovin' with The DMQ, is sure to garner attention to this unique singer, who showcases a diversified style of jazz through original compositions, standards and rarities.

The new CD opens up with a great rendition of the summer Rascals classic “Groovin’” with smooth horns matching a silky vocal, then this versatile singer takes the Jobim-cowrite of “Once I Loved (O Amor Em Paz), self-penned ‘Listen’ shows this crooner has done his homework when it comes to songwriting and lyrics that tug at your heart. Listening to “Oh You Crazy Moon” is a refreshing re-work of an old standard, “Sun” and “Moon” are two other Matto penned originals that show off his vocal style in a relaxed and easy way. “On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)” gives credence to great piano solos by Silvio Pupo Montero, tastefully there without overwhelming the vocal tracks while “How Deep Is The Ocean” brings Daniel back to his real roots of jazz. The closing song of “The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) takes the poppy Simon & Garfunkel hit and reworks it into a jazzy, swing style offering.

If you are a Harry Connick fan, or just looking for a great CD to play for your BBQ, relaxing by the pool or ocean, or even just to sit and have a quiet romantic listen, this is the one to buy. It makes you feel good right from the first tune to the last.

For more on Daniel Matto check out www.danielmatto.com