Dan McCarthy Trio: Interwords (2006)
McCarthy honed his craft academically in Canada for eighteen years before moving to New York in 2004. He displays the wares as a leader with Interwords, which reflects on honored vibe players like Milt Jackson and Gary Burton but also gives new visions of the mallet instrument. He has agility and lyricism to go along with his percussion onslaught, but the trio's performance and the smart compositions garner the most vivid focus.
These musicians are not only versed in hard-swinging tempos like the one on the showstopping "Something Walking," where trio-mates Matt Wigton (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums) get to flex their formative muscles, but also on picturesque numbers like "Orchid, which has a paced and dreamy theme, and the resounding "Insight, where special guest saxophonist Myron Walden adds lyricism while the trio navigates through tricky changes.
This recording does not belabor the listener with overly long pieces. Instead, it's spotted with small snippets called "Short Stories that briefly interject curious themessuch as the toy-like "Short Story #2, which piques the listener's attention. But the trio also has plenty of room to stretch out on the Latin-tinted "Ebo, which features elaborate feats of energy and oneness. The trio plays every selection as if it was the last opportunitywith deep feeling, expectancy and freedomthe very things that makes jazz so appealing. Recommended.
Track Listing: Prologue; Something Walking; Thought Again; Short Story #2; Harlem Folk Song; Ballyhoo For Ted; Short Story #6; Beyond All Others; Ebo; Orchid; Short Story #3; Sun Chaser; Insight; Epilogue.
Personnel: Dan McCarthy: vibraphone; Matt Wigton: bass; Greg Ritchie: drums; Myron Walden: saxophones (3,8,13).
Record Label: Self Produced