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Mary Ann McSweeney: Swept Away

Read "Swept Away" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Bassist Mary Ann McSweeney debuted with her well-received recording Thoughts of You on Jim Eigo's Jazz Magnet label. On that outing she employed her husband, Mike Fahn, on valve trombone, Donny McCaslin on reeds and flutes, Henry Hey on piano, and Tim Horner on drums. Now, almost three years later, McSweeney returns with the same band for Swept Away, where she swirls together influences from European Classical, East Indian, and South American traditions. The result is a heady mead made ...

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Mary Ann McSweeney: Swept Away

Read "Swept Away" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


If you want to hear a world class bassist, then seriously consider Mary Ann McSweeney. Her sound on the upright bass is extremely deep and robust. Her technique and chops reveal a seasoned musician, yet her approach to the music on her new release is fresh and daring. Having performed with artists from jazz great Dizzy Gillespie to classical notables Leonard Bernstein and John Williams, her capabilities are not restricted by genre. She currently is one of a few bassists ...

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Mary Ann McSweeney: Thoughts Of You

Read "Thoughts Of You" reviewed by AAJ Staff


If you haven't heard of bassist Mary Ann McSweeney, you should. After years of work on both coasts with names like Dizzy Gillespie and the Diva Big Band, McSweeney has released a brilliantly conceived and executed album that she leads.The fact that McSweeney leads Thoughts Of You is another reason for attention. Few bassists are leading their own groups, with the notable exceptions of, say, Dave Holland and Avishai Cohen, let alone securing recording opportunities for the groups ...

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Mary Ann McSweeney: Thoughts of You

Read "Thoughts of You" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


Jazz bassist Mary Ann McSweeney possesses a smooth touch and conveys a warm, organic tone throughout these eight affable pieces. She commences the opener, “R.B.’s Tribute” with a peppery ostinato motif as the sextet expounds upon the primary theme via a mid tempo swing, featuring young tenor sax dynamo Donny McCaslin’s brawny and angular phrasing. The band turns in a radiant rendition of Wayne Shorter’s “Yes and No” as the soloists encircle the familiar melody with intricate interplay and resonant ...


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