Teamed with him...George Benson, Kenny Burrell, John Pizzarelli, Joe Williams, Frank Wess, Curtis Fuller, Milt Jackson, Jimmy Cobb, Hank Jones, Rufus Reid, Jon Faddis, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Lou Donaldson, Dorothy Donegan, Tom Scott, Regina Carter, Nancy Wilson, Patti Austin, and among many others.
Will Matthews is a guitarist beloved by people around the world known for “Count Basie Orchestra”. He succeeded the position in place of “Mr. Rhythm” Freddie Green since 1996.When he first joined the band, he tried to make Freddie’s sound by studying his playing, the string, and string action etc. In the result, you can enjoy listening to “Modern Freddie Green’s sound” in addition to the attractive sounds of the Horne section. He has recorded 2 albums of his own which includes his original songs and Basie’s songs which he arranged by himself as well. He looked up to George Benson, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery and they have been major influences on his guitar sound and playing.[Official Website]