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Mace Hibbard: The Hibbard/Wright Project

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Atlanta-based Grammy Award- winning saxophonist Mace Hibbard has been leading and recording with a formidable quintet for the past ten years while over that same period, Roswell, GA-based guitarist Trey Wright has led the 4-piece Athens/Atlanta-based Squat jazz band and is now leader of his own trio. What they both have in common is a creative rhythm section of bassist Marc Miller and drummer Marlon Patton. On the self-titled The Hibbard/Wright Project, both men leave their respective groups behind and join forces with the rhythm section they share, forming an all new quartet for this outing. In crafting this debut ...

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Mace Hibbard: Time Gone By

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Performing a selection of thoroughly modern jazz, inspired and influenced by the music of Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Branford Marsalis, Atlanta-based saxophonist/composer Mace Hibbard delivers the creative and highly entertaining Time Gone By, his second album as leader and the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut, When Last We Met (CDBY, 2007). A busy sideman--in 2011 alone, appearing on albums by Joe Gransden's Big Band, trumpeter Melvin Jones (also a member of Hibbard's quintet) and keyboardist Bryant Thompson--Hibbard opens the set with the hard-driving hard bop burner “Rude on Purpose," featuring a two-horn attack where Jones joining ...

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Mace Hibbard: When Last We Met

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Atlanta-based saxophonist Mace Hibbard hits the ground running with When We Last Met, an all original collection of hard-driving progressive jazz with contemporary overtones. The disc is imbued with strong lyricism and challenging, yet accessible grooves.

Hibbard has a boisterous feel with a seething growl for a tone. His edgy approach on the alto displays an in-depth understanding of past masters, especially Cannonball Adderley, and current trailblazers like Kenny Garrett. His powerhouse solo on the disc's raucous opener, “Captain Caveman, is a declamatory statement of brazen strength. A tough, soulful tenor sound is revealed on the funky “Reverend ...

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Mace Hibbard: When Last We Met

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When Last We Met is sure to make more than a ripple in the jazz world. Atlanta-based multi-instrumentalist and reed man Mace Hibbard is an educator and versatile musician who not only plays a passionate alto saxophone but also manifests ample talents and expressive voicing on soprano and tenor. A blues-based bebop player, Hibbard departs from this background by crafting an album of original modern straight-ahead jazz full of catchy melodies and soft ballads that can take your breath away.

When he recorded this album in August of 2006, Hibbard enlisted some of the finest jazz musicians in ...



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