Better Angels

  • Kod: ORIGIN82486
  • Producent: Origin Records (USA)
  • Kod producenta: 0805558248627
  • Wykonawca: John Mclean
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 57,99 zł
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Fusion Jazz/Modern Jazz
premiera polska:
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
kraj: USA
opakowanie: digipackowe etui

allaboutjazz.com * * * * 1/2:
Guitarist/composer John McLean is an emerging musical voice for the 21st century. Steeped in tradition and propelled by contemporary influences, the Chicago-based musician sculpts an uncanny representation of an ever-widening American musical landscape. Better Angels, McLean's second release as a leader, is a stunning collection of original compositions and standards, featuring McLean's blistering guitar and his unconventional ensemble comprised of saxophonist Jim Gailloreto, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik, violinist Zach Brock, organist Karl Montzka, bassist Larry Kohut and drummer Eric Montzka.
There is a freshness to McLean's approach that is at once unpredictable and comforting. His lines evoke familiar warmth, yet are set apart from anything contrived or generic. His flexible sound is reminiscent of guitar giants as diverse as Pat Metheny (title track and "Three Arcs Complete This Circle ), Cornell Dupree ("Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me ) and Charlie Christian ("Airmail Special ).

Auguscik, a longtime McLean associate, brings her engagingly earthy vocalizing to the pop oriented "Ready for the War and the Lennon/McCartney classic "Blackbird. Her angular scatting on McLean's "Place Talk is a wonderful showcase for her instrumental influenced sensibilities. Other improvisational highlights from the session include Brock's soaring violin on the title track and Gailloreto's Bob Berg style of tough tenor saxophone on "Blackbird.

Better Angels is a risk-taking, conceptual achievement. McLean is a guitarist of formidable ability deserving of broad acclaim.

Eclecticism is the name of the game on this flowing contemporary set, as guitarist McLean tackles swing standards, gloomy pop songs and three speedy, pulse-quickening original tunes. Alternating a precise, silvery acoustic sound with a biting electric tone, McLean matches nicely with Grazyna Auguscik's sweetly ethereal, delicately accented vocals…
By Forrest Dylan Bryant

John McLean - guitars
Jim Gailloreto - saxophones
Grazyna Auguscik - vocals
Zach Brock - violin
Karl Montzka - organ
Larry Kohut - bass
Eric Montzka - drums

1. Better Angels 6:11
2. Ready for the War 7:37
3. Place Talk 5:51
4. Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 6:49
5. Three Arcs Complete This Circle 5:50
6. Blackbird 5:07
7. Airmail Special 8:44
8. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 7:19

total time - 53:28
wydano: September 18, 2007
nagrano: August 24, 2004 & August 25, 2004

more info: www.originarts.com

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