134

The Bill McBirnie Duo/Quartet: Paco Paco

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
The Bill McBirnie Duo/Quartet: Paco Paco
Include Bill McBirnie as an integral player in Canadian jazz. The Toronto-based flautist has marked his credentials through recordings of his own, in addition to appearances on albums by Junior Mance, Memo Acavedo, and Irakere; jam sessions at the Colored Musicians Club of Buffalo; and appearances with Herbie Mann, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. Listening to McBirnie makes his credentials clear. He dips into the nectar of a melody and his dulcet tones rise to trigger the core of his imagination for some interesting improvisational flights. These facets are abundantly manifest on Paco Paco.

The music of John Coltrane has a special attraction for McBirnie. The snap this quartet brings into "Like Sonny" is fuelled by the whorls and dips of the flute that fall neatly into place, as well as the quick trajectories that bring in an edginess which gives the pulse an extra tick. Another flavor that characterizes McBirnie's music is Latin jazz. His version of "O Grande Amor" has a thick streak of emotion, the swell of the flute encapsulating the passion.

Bernie Senensky is a perfect cohort, his sense of harmony and invention adding to the pith. Senensky wrote the title tune, on which he scoots off and then lures McBirnie, the beat hot before it settles into a Brazilian groove with Senensky bringing in a bright tempo, egged on by drummer John Sumner. McBirnie gets his own, extending ideas in delightful swirl.

McBirnie's sense of arrangement must be acknowledged. It comes across strikingly on "Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus." The first minute is a sweet intonation of the melody by McBirnie, before it turns to a march beat with Senensky, Sumner, and Neil Swainson journeying on, helmed by the pianist, whose constant forge is change. A side step into New Orleans, a swish of swing, and then back to a march as McBirnie gets the swagger and the action. A delight by any means!

Visit Bill McBirnie on the web.

Track Listing

Like Sonny; Hackensack; Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus; Doxy; Bright Mississippi; My Song; Paco Paco; East of the Sun; This I Dig of You; Hackensack (reprise); The Great City; O Grande Amor.

Personnel

Bill McBirnie: flute; Bernie Senensky: piano; Neil Swainson: bass; John Sumner: drums.

Album information

Title: Paco Paco | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Extreme Flute

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Home at Last
Amit Friedman
Entendre
Nik Bärtsch
soundz offfe drzk wähuh
EUPHORIUM_freakestra
Hemingway
Johnny Gandelsman
Solitude
Rich Pellegrin
Ain't No Storm
Caleb Wheeler Curtis
Odd Wisdom
Diego Pinera

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.