Jazz guitarist and educator Pete McCann has been a first-call sideman and bandleader on the New York scene for almost twenty years. Possessing a musical style that draws from the blues, jazz and rock genres, McCann's playing and writing styles are as diverse as his influences. Having worked with such world-class performers as Lee Konitz, Chris Tarry, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Greg Osby, Brian Blade and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, McCann has appeared on over fifty recordings as a sideman. Alongside these accomplishments, McCann has also released four highly-acclaimed albums under his own name, including Extra Mile ((Nineteen-Eight Records, 2009).read more
Pete McCann may be a kind of a guitar superman, considering his work with bands led by Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade and Maria Schneider.
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 ...read more
Along with a prestigious career as a flexibly eclectic sideman, guitarist Pete McCann has released his third effort as a leader, Most Folks, an impressive outing showcasing his considerable chops and tuneful craftsmanship, backed by Mark Ferber (drums), John Herbert (bass), Mike Holober (piano) and John O'Gallagher (alto and tenor saxophones). The recording boasts compelling original tunes, including the neobop title track and Rack 'Em Up, the contemplative Hunter Gatherer, the jaggedly lyrical JM and the serpentine Yes, My Friend, propelled by a fifteen-beat goth-rock riff.
O'Gallagher's sax pealing is rough-toned, ranging from through-composed linearity to short melodic fragments. The ...read more
Guitarist Pete McCann's third album, Most Folks, continues his his varied approach to the instrument. After two exciting albums for Palmetto Records, McCann has moved over to the Brooklyn-based OmniTone label, known for cutting-edge jazz. On his previous albums, McCann showed his influences in Bill Frisell and John Scofield and played in number of formats, including straight-ahead, post bop, avant-garde, Latin and fusion.
Pete McCann studied at the University of North Texas, where he received his undergraduate music degree and studied under guitarist Jack Petersen. In 1988, he attended the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop in Alberta, Canada with ...read more
Pete McCann is a versatile guitarist with a daunting list of sideman credits: Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett and many others. Most Folks is his third date as leader. As an artistic statement, it's organized around the notion of sketches, portraits and tributes to folks" whose lives have intersected with McCann's. McCann's instrumental voices range from meaty feedback-laden electric soloing ("JM," Yes My Friend") and low-treble mellowness not far from Wes Montgomery ("About Face," Worth"). He's also capable of lovely nylon-stringed acoustic solos ("Las Tias," Third Wheel"). McCann is uniformly proficient, ...read more
Pete McCann confesses to a love of music from several different streams which influenced him as he was growing. The guitarist opens up a few of those influences on Most Folks with a skill which reveals him to be not only a good listener, but also a writer with the ability to build a striking composition that gets to the core. Yes, he works with jazz, which he can mesh with rock, but he also knows how to get grunge going as well. He also writes a warm ballad and uses a Latin vibe to broaden the scope of his ...read more
Pete McCann, a ridiculously versatile guitarist, takes his varied interests to extremes on this Omnitone debut. McCann's third album as a leader is his most diverse collection of songs yet. He explains his stylistically unbound aesthetic this way: I like music; I like all different types of jazz.... I love it all. I don't like to be pigeonholed into one category. I don't even know why you should really have to be."
With a wide range of styles at his command, McCann ventures forth on acoustic Brazilian ballads, classic post-bop swing, jazz-rock fusion, and even some flat-out heavy ...read more
Guitarist Pete McCann has gathered a beautiful assortment of songs and assembled one heck of a choice quartet to interpret them on this admirable disc. McCann is a big-eared, big-toned player who has served quality time with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Bobby Previte, John Patitucci, Kenny Wheeler and other modern jazz stars. He and bassist John Hebert are also members of the contemporary quintet Fundementia (whose albumA Whole Nother Storyis reviewed in the Fusion section this month). McCann devotes as much attention to tone quality and emotion as he does the technical aspects of performance, resulting in music of appreciable ...read more
What is it with these unassuming, clean cut looking guys like Bill Frisell and Pete McCann? They can churn out blistering, Hendrix-like guitar licks and “out-rock” most of those thin, longhaired rock stars yet, render smooth, articulate and at times difficult jazz motifs.
Pete McCann is among the new breed of jazz guitarists who demonstrate this ability. A relatively new kid on the block, McCann has appeared with Bobby Previte’s “The Horse”, Tom Varner, Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider Orchestra, David Liebman and many others. On his debut, Parable, McCann is a multitasking dynamo as he switch hits between blazing guitar ...read more
One of the best and most ambitious albums to appear last year was Tom Varner's Window Up Above, a wildly eclectic overview of the entire history of American music, from Civil War songs to Duke Ellington to Hank Williams. The guitarist on that release was Pete McCann, who brings the same broad range of musical interests and abilities to Parable, his debut recording as a leader.
Like most of us, McCann clearly listens to a lot of different kinds of music -- loud rock 'n' roll, avant jazz, funk, even country -- all of which find their way into his ...read more
While the music he chooses to play isn’t always to my liking, Pete McCann is an enormously talented guitarist who cleverly splashes intense colors across an expansive musical canvas. He’s also something of a chameleon, shrewdly modifying style and substance to mirror the requirements of each composition. So it is that on one track he may call to mind Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow or Kenny Burrell, while on others there’ll be echoes of artists as diverse as Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Sonny Sharrock or Blood Ulmer. The real Pete McCann is abiding somewhere in the package, ...read more
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