Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Undiscovered Soul: Matt Deighton
After one more Mother Earth album and a live album, Deighton would move forward with what has become a quit but solid solo career. I think because of the lack of a stable label he has again not found the larger audience he deserves.
Matt Deighton's first solo album, Villager (Focus; 1995) is fantastic. It is a folksy-jazzier affair, that sees Deighton combing his lyrical poetry with acoustic instrumentation to produce an album that is similar in many ways to the recent work of Terry Callier. "Good For Us," "Get Out The Road," "Jesus Loves The Rain," and "Pure English Honey" are all stellar tracks that would anyone's summer Sundays a real delight.
Soft spoken, understated and under appreciated, Matt Deighon continues to record sporadically. His most recent album, Part Of Your Life (50:50) is another acoustic gem. I have tried to hunt down the psychical CD but have had zero luck. I finally decided to break down and buy the digital version. I still completely satisfied but would love to find the actually CD. That's just the collector in me. Matt Deighton has recorded five solo albums since '95 and all of them are quite good. A real undiscovered soul-jazz artist you should definitely check out.
(Update: Part Of You Life was only available online. It appears to no longer be available. I haven't seen it in a few years unfortunately. But if you do find it--it is a must have.)