Mat has numerous critically acclaimed recordings to his credit as a leader and others as a sideman, including those with John Tchicai and Jimmy Smith, and is also the author of several books on drumming for both Lewis Music and Mel Bay Publications. His recordings and books have garnered four and five star reviews in Jazz Times, Jazziz, Modern Drummer, Downbeat and Drum! magazines and have also received nominations for awards.
Additionally, Mat has written numerous articles on drumming for Modern Drummer and Downbeat magazines and for the Percussive Arts Society's Percussive Notes and Percussion News. He has also been an adjunct faculty member for both American River College (Sacramento, CA) and The Jazzschool (Berkeley, CA) and is an endorser for Zildjian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Remo drumheads, and Puresound/HQ percussion.
"....an unpretentiously efficient drummer......." - Leonard Feather / L.A. Times
"....a vital and driving force, a compelling and empathetic accompanist." - Frankie Nemko / Downbeat Magazine
".....technically fearsome......" - Owen Cordle / Jazz Times
".....veteran percussionist deserving of wider recognition." - Ken Dryden / All Music Guide
"Mat's playin' his a** off." - jazz organist Jimmy Smith
"Yes, he can play! His time feel is smooth and floating." - T. Bruce Wittet / Drums, Etc.
“Marucci is a prize fighter who keeps up the pace and goes the distance.”.....T. Bruce Wittet
"...popular and prolific sideman"........"well earned rep on the California coast." - Derek Taylor / Cadence Magazine
"Marucci is a sure propellant to any soloist"......"keenly aware..." - Clifford Allen / All About Jazz
".....quite simply a musician's musician"..."clear, definitive personality as a leader"....."personally distinctive drum sound....." - Marcus Crowder / Sacramento Bee
"A ride to deeper dimensions....." - Jackson Griffith / Sacramento News & Review
"The real deal...." - Eric Cohen / WAER-FM (Syracuse, NY)
"Marucci thunders with a percussive sparkle that twists and turns with surprises at every corner." - Jim Santella, Cadence Magazine
"Sounds are great!" - Miff Mole, KSDS-FM
"I saw Mat play with Jimmy Smith and sat thinking, 'that is what it sounds like to play perfectly for the music.'"..."soloing techniques are not only musical, but original and fascinating for the eyes and ears"..."true master of the drums." - Johnny Rabb
"On fire!"........Bud Spangler, KCSM-FM/Independent Record Producer
"...... this set confirms that Marucci is one of the most underrated freebop drummers on the West Coast, much less anywhere else." - Clifford Allen, All About Jazz, NY
"I didn't know anything about Mat Marucci...I feel like an explorer who discovers the forest behind the tree!" - Killer Groove Music Library
"His propulsive drumming positively lifts any straight-ahead outfit to another level. We could listen to this cat for hours." - Brick Wahl, LA Weekly
“A combination of Tony, Elvin and Jack but with his own thing happening.”.....Donald Vega, NYC pianist
“A true jazz musician.”.......Danny Pucillo, Los Angeles drummer, composer, author
“Awesome, truly awesome!”....Evan Pollack, Experience Drums