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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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Mike Fahn: Close Your Eyes... and Listen

Read "Close Your Eyes... and Listen" reviewed by Jack Bowers


I first heard valve trombonist Mike Fahn some years ago on an album led by the wonderful tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper and was duly impressed. “There’s a player to watch," I said to myself. Great chops, lovely sound, quick reflexes, singular voice. Been watching ever since but apart from occasional appearances as a sideman on others’ albums I’d heard little from Fahn until Close Your Eyes... and Listen arrived in the mail.

Fahn moved (or, more accurately, ...

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Album Review

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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Album Review

Mike Fahn: Close Your Eyes...and Listen

Read "Close Your Eyes...and Listen" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Close Your Eyes...and Listen is an appropriate title for the new recording by valve trombonist Mike Fahn; which showcases the majestic and beautiful sound of the peculiar instrument in the hands of a most capable musician. Fahn, who is primarily self-taught, has an impressive resume with luminaries such as Maynard Ferguson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Diana Krall. Fahn’s past credentials are intact but it’s his smooth sound and style on this new recording that leave the greatest impression of his skill. ...


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