Matthias Lupri: Shadow of the Vibe
"As an artist," concludes Lupri, "you just want to create your music, do the best you can, be honest with yourself and what you're doing and release the music. That's my approach, 'Here it is, this is what I want to do, I love this. Take it as it is, and if you get off on it great, it's there to enjoy and escape from or enhance other parts of your life, however you choose to view the music.' And keep an open mind too. I've come from playing a lot of different styles, I've put on a cowboy hat, put on spandex, and there's something about all these different worlds of music that's all good, all fun; it's all about culture, people's lives and what's going on. The only thing I've ever regretted is that in every genre I see the genre police, whether it's rock and roll, country, blues or jazz, there's the genre police and I'm definitely more of a one world person and let things go. I definitely have what I want to do and have a personal direction, but on the other hand I want to be open to as much as possible. Keep jazz alive."
Keep jazz alive. In a time where the genre has become marginalized, it's refreshing to hear that from a still-young artist who is not only committed to the music, but to broadening it to incorporate influences from a multitude of sources while still retaining its integrity and distinction. With a gradually evolving body of work that is garnering Lupri increasing critical and popular acclaim, there's no doubt that jazz will remain alive, vital and evolving.
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Matthias Lupri Discography:
Window Up Window Down (Chartmaker Records, 1998)
Shadow of the Vibe (Chartmaker Records, 1999)
Same Time Twice (Summit Records, 2002)
Transition Sonic (Summit Records, 2004)
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