Matthew Rybicki is an American jazz bassist, musical director, author and instructor. Having had a vast performing history, Matthew continues to perform to this day, working with his own ensembles and with accomplished colleagues and mentors. Matthew is an artist/instructor for Jazz at Lincoln Center where he develops and teaches the inaugural bass course in the Essentially Ellington Band Director Academy. Driven, Matthew’s debut recording released in 2009, allowed him to formally be acknowledged on the jazz scene as a performer and composer of note.
The Upton Bass Story
Matthew says, “I just brought home my new Hawkes laminate bass from Upton Bass and it is absolutely terrific. My other bass is a 1907 Hawkes Concert model which I often use for traditional jazz. It’s a great bass but it has its drawbacks that Gary’s bass really compensates for. The Upton bass has a huge sound first and foremost but that’s not its only astonishing characteristic. The playability, response, warmth, and setup are all truly top-notch. The notes seem to just leap from the instrument with a clarity and singing quality that helps me to express myself more fluidly. This bass has an overall flexibility that allows me to use it in diverse settings. Whether it’s a conventional jazz gig, a more pop-oriented set, subbing on Broadway or performing a sonata- Gary’s bass can do it all. Everyone at Upton Bass is extremely knowledgeable and helpful and the luthiers really take great care in maintaining the highest quality of work. If something isn’t up to their rigorous standards, they won’t just let it “slip by”, they’ll do it right instead. The look of the bass is beautiful with a gorgeous varnish and a pleasing and comfortable shape. While playing the bass at a Jazz at Lincoln Center Professional Development today I was complimented on both the look and the sound of this superb instrument. Thank you, Gary, for a great bass!”