143

Pete McCann: Most Folks

By

Sign in to view read count
Pete McCann: Most Folks 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 Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Muhal Richard Abrams and others. McCann now teaches guitar at the New School and City College in New York City Area, where he has been living for some time. He maintains a very active schedule. He's performed on fifty-plus albums in additon to his own, and has appeared with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Peter Erskine and Tom Varner, among others.

Most Folks is a quintet recording featuring saxophonist John O'Gallagher, pianist Mike Holober, bassist John Hebert and drummer Mark Ferber. As noted above, McCann prefers to explore the various influences that have inspired him within a jazz context. While the album begins pleasantly with McCann using unhurried and well-rounded notes (in the style of a Pat Metheny) on the first two tracks, the title tune, "Jojo's Waltz," the spirited "Rack 'Em Up" and "Yes, My Friend" present an edgier John Scofield or Kurt Rosenwinkel style, matched by saxophonist John O'Gallagher.

On "Las Tias," McCann slips into a comfortable Latin feel on acoustic guitar for a pleasant surprise. "JM" is an homage to John McLaughlin, and before you can say "Mahavishnu," Pete McCann and Company are off and running in the world of jazz fusion. Once again, O'Gallagher sets the pace for McCann's playing.

It is not that Pete McCann is trying to do so much on one album. Rather, it is his preference to display the many styles at which he is adept that spoils an otherwise fine recording. Most Folks will be fine for listeners who like the variety of sub-genre styles, but it may alienate those who like to keep their fusion or "downtown" jazz separate.

Track Listing: Most Folks; Jojo's Waltz; Rack 'Em Up; Las Tias; About Face; Yes;My Friend; Hunter Gatherer; JM; Third Wheel; Split Decision; Worth.

Personnel: Pete McCann: electric and acoustic guitar; John O'Gallagher: alto and soprano saxophones; John Hebert: bass; Mark Ferber: drums: percussion; Mike Holaber: piano.

Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: OmniTone | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Ha Noi Duo CD/LP/Track Review Ha Noi Duo
by Ian Patterson
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Like, Strange CD/LP/Track Review Like, Strange
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Coalesce CD/LP/Track Review Coalesce
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Il sistema periodico CD/LP/Track Review Il sistema periodico
by Nicola Negri
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Code Noir CD/LP/Track Review Code Noir
by James Nadal
Published: March 27, 2017
Read Welcome to Swingsville! CD/LP/Track Review Welcome to Swingsville!
by Jack Bowers
Published: March 26, 2017
Read "The Quest: Live at the A.P.C." CD/LP/Track Review The Quest: Live at the A.P.C.
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 14, 2017
Read "America's National Parks" CD/LP/Track Review America's National Parks
by Troy Collins
Published: October 20, 2016
Read "Allison Philips Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Allison Philips Trio
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 27, 2016
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: July 9, 2016
Read "Of the Tree" CD/LP/Track Review Of the Tree
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: June 23, 2016
Read "Oddara" CD/LP/Track Review Oddara
by James Nadal
Published: October 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!