Mary Ann McSweeney: Thoughts of You
Throughout, the musicians’ integrate rock beats, percussion, passionate soloing and heartfelt sentiment, whereas pianist also Henry Hey injects an electrified element into the band’s clever interpretation of the time honored spiritual, “Amazing Grace”. Otherwise, McSweeney and her band-mates meld a tango-based motif with modern jazz implementations on the softly executed, “Nana’s Tango”. They finalize the set with “Thoughts of You”, via serenading choruses and pensive lines atop faintly climactic developments. Essentially, what we have here, is a good, tasteful recording brimming with tight arrangements and the outfit’s sonorous exchanges. And while Thoughts of You may not represent anything remotely innovative, it stands tall among the overabundance of retro-Bop productions that have seemingly infiltrated the jazz marketplace.
Track Listing: R.B.
Personnel: Mary Ann McSweeney; bass: Mike Fahn; tenor & valve trombone: Donny McCaslin; saxophones: Henry Hey; piano & Fender Rhodes: Tim Horner; drums: Joe Mowatt; percussion
Record Label: Jazz Magnet Records