“Andrei Matorin is a young, talented violinist, and Opus is his first recording as a leader. Another in the long line of great artists coming out of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Matorin now calls New York City his home. Expect to hear a lot of him there in the coming years. As for Opus, it’s a terrific collection of eight original tracks that show off Matorin as a fine composer as well as improviser. He’s joined on the record by Takeshi Ohbayashi on piano, Luques Curtis on bass and Dan Pugach on drums. The group is tight and modern, but still gives a pleasant nod to the jazz tradition. Matorin and Ohbayashi both play beautifully, especially on the ballad “Coming Home.” Pugach is rock-solid on drums throughout. And Matorin and bassist Curtis give the album’s final track, “Sunday Blues,” a cool ride in what sounds like a Ray Brown-inspired blues. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for Andrei Matorin. He’s a contender.” – Frank Alkyer, Editor Downbeat Magazine