Reviews

“Wicked. Jazz musicians aren’t supposed to write lyrics that good…Their music is their own, neither jazz, nor rock, nor cabaret, but at the same time all of them. I’ve never heard anything like it; catch them now, while they’re still playing basements. Bands like this are why you move to New York”.
– The Village Voice

“Matt Munisteri’s guitar solos sparkle like Moet Chandon”
– Off Beat

“Songwriter-guitarist Matt Munisteri has put together a relaxed, swinging combo that puts content before nostalgia… The band which features accordionist Will Holshouser and trumpeter Jon-Erik Kellso is choice”
– Time Out New York

“A present day ironist with a pre-war heart (First World War that is)…Matt Munisteri leads the delightful, lightly swinging chamber jazz quintet Brock Mumford. Munisteri’s own time-warped tunes sit perfectly alongside vintage works by Willard Robison, Hoagy Carmichael, and even…Bob Dylan”
– The New Yorker

“The originals by Munisteri are not throwaways, but have real meat on their bones. Sometimes funny, sometimes melancholy, but always hip…sounds like something you’d expect from Dave Frishberg”
– The All Music Guide

“The type of tunes that only Randy Newman is supposed to be able to get away with these days”
– Time Out New York

“When Hollywood finally gets around to making that pitch-perfect romantic comedy – you know, something classy yet silly, ironic yet earnest, urbane yet folksy – they won’t have to worry about the pitch-perfect soundtrack.”
– The Valley Advocate

“Glorious…This is fun, fun music that arrives as drifting fairy dust, but proves itself through peerless instrumental work”
– The Hampshire Gazette

“What an engaging set of songs, and in its somewhat retro way, a brash undertaking. At a time when record sales are dominated by bad rap/hip-hop — crude bellicose karaoke performed by talentless trolls — this Love Story by Matt Munisteri and Brock Mumford is a ninety degree against the grain delight”.
– All About Jazz

“A really different gloss on the notion of “alternative” music…In addition to his smart, varied, and well-crafted originals, Munisteri does a gripping guitar-and-vocal rendition of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Lazy Bones,” as well as what might be the best Bob Dylan cover ever.”
– The All Music Guide

“Matt Munisteri is one of those singer-songwriters born out of time…and it comes out sounding like the Band’s second album as written by Dave Frishberg. Will appeal to fans of everyone from John Pizzarelli to Tom Waits”
– The Rogovoy Report

“Songs of the simpler, almost sleepy, romantic era of the early twentieth century”
– The Hampshire Gazette

“They get your feet moving and your heart sighing”
– The Smith College Sophian

They “zero in on an old time aesthetic that exists somewhere in the borderless realm of American Roots music”
– The Boston Pheonix

“Children’s fairy tale music for grownups”
– The Providence Journal

“The best I’ve heard since The Joe Mooney Quartet”
– The Mississippi Rag

“Catch one (show) and you’re likely to be hooked”
– Manhattan South

“Daunting mastery…one of New York’s best vintage-guitar stylists, without a doubt”
– All About Jazz



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