Pete McCann: Extra Mile (2009)

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Pete McCann: Extra Mile
Pete McCann may be a kind of a guitar superman, considering his work with bands led by Patti Austin
Patti Austin
Patti Austin
b.1948
vocalist
, Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
Lee Konitz
b.1927
sax, alto
, Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
Kenny Wheeler
1930 - 2014
trumpet
, Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
Dave Liebman
b.1946
saxophone
, Kenny Garrett
Kenny Garrett
Kenny Garrett
b.1960
sax, alto
, Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
Peter Erskine
b.1954
drums
, Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas
b.1961
saxophone
, Greg Osby
Greg Osby
Greg Osby
b.1960
saxophone
, Brian Blade
Brian Blade
Brian Blade
b.1970
drums
and Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider

band/orchestra
.

Since moving to New York in 1989, McCann has lent his skills to these diverse leaders, which shows his chameleon-like approach. He is equally comfortable playing pre- and post-bop jazz, as well as electric fusion, acoustic, Latin and rock—all of which are on display on his fourth solo album, Extra Mile.

After the seemingly effortless gentle swing of the opening "Fielder's Choice," McCann opens up his suitcase of sounds, playing Stevie Ray Vaughn-inspired licks juxtaposed against some spry acoustic wanderings. Each original composition on the release reveals more of McCann's many facets, none of which could have been accomplished without the support given by bassist Matt Clohesy

and drummer Mark Ferber
Mark Ferber
Mark Ferber

drums
. Their glue holds the diverse meanderings together.

Employing guest players—such as saxophonist John O'Gallagher

John O'Gallagher
John O'Gallagher
b.1964
sax, alto
and pianist Henry Hey
Henry Hey
Henry Hey

piano
—allows McCann to branch in multiple directions. O'Gallagher walks lock step on the imperturbable title track and the burning blues of "Isosceles." Like McCann, the saxophonist has an eclectic ear, with far-ranging tastes but is never scattershot in his approach.

Hey shines throughout, but on "Rhodes Less Traveled" he is allowed to stretch out on the electric piano as McCann absolutely sizzles on guitar. Other stellar tracks include the fine guitar/bass acoustic duet "Pi," the retro-jazz-rock of "Angry Panda," and the urgent and very memorable Weather Report-electricity of "Stasis."

Pete McCann may try to fly under the radar, but his powers as a superhero guitarist are certainly revealed on this exceptional album.

Track Listing: Fielder's Choice; Isosceles; Stasis; Extra Mile; Angry Panda; Tributary; Pi; Hybrid; Lonesome Prairie Dog; Rhodes Less Traveled.

Personnel: Pete McCann: electric guitar, acoustic guitar; John O'Gallagher: alto saxophone; Henry Hey: piano, Fender Rhodes piano; Matt Clohesy: acoustic bass, electric bass; Mark Ferber: drums.

Record Label: Nineteen-Eight Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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