Mat Marucci is an active performer, author, educator, and clinician listed in Who's Who In America, International Who's Who In Music (Cambridge, England) and the Institute of Jazz Studies (Rutgers University). His performing and recording credits include jazz greats Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, James Moody, Eddie Harris, Buddy De Franco, John Tchicai, Pharoah Sanders and Les McCann. Mat also has several critically acclaimed recordings and music instruction books to his credit, with many of them garnering four and five stars in various trade magazines including Jazz Times, Jazziz and DownBeat. Doug Webb is a graduate of the Berkelee College Of Music [Boston, MA] and his credits include performances and recordings with jazz artists Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, Doc Severinsen, Stanley Clarke, Poncho Sanchez, Quincy Jones to pop artists Rod Stewart and Carly Simon and as the saxophone soloist on the movie soundtracks for Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby. Producer's Notes By Robert Rusch: The music on these two releases is issued in the same order as it was recorded. This is my preferred choice if it programs well-which often it does not-as this reproduces even closer the actual concert experience. A minority of recorded sessions accomodate themselves to this kind of programming. The fact that a recording session offers up enough material for two releases and that they program well in chronological order is quite remarkable and, in this case, may be due in large part to the years of experience Mat and Doug have had playing sets in clubs. Listeners who have both issues (CIMPs 346 and 356) will notice two different takes of "Waltz for Therese" and "Riff for Rusch." They are included not just for their excellence but, just as important, for their difference in presentation. RDR - February 2006.