Keyboardist/pianist Roberto Vazquez returns with a project, Matices, that is so smooth and exotic that it dares you to turn your ears away from its warm appeal.
This project offers a touch of diversity and lots of charm. It also offers yet another look into the soul of Vazquez’s music. The different moods, styles, and melodies set you on a journey into the vast and colorful world of jazz music in all of its fine variations. While I personally still favor his previous Between Two Worlds release, this latest recording is a clear demonstration of the skill and polish that Vazquez offers his listeners with his choice of music. Aside from the lead track, this is an easy album; easy on the ears, easy on the soul, easy on the cadence, and easy in its approach – all the while maintaining a firm grip on melody. These all point to an artist who truly knew where he wanted to take his project. For smooth jazzers, this is a trip worth taking. – Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride.