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Mace Hibbard: The Hibbard/Wright Project

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Atlanta-based Grammy Award- winning saxophonist Mace Hibbard has been leading and recording with a formidable quintet for the past ten years while over that same period, Roswell, GA-based guitarist Trey Wright has led the 4-piece Athens/Atlanta-based Squat jazz band and is now leader of his own trio. What they both have in common is a creative rhythm section of bassist Marc Miller and drummer Marlon Patton. On the self-titled The Hibbard/Wright Project, both men leave their respective groups behind and ...

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Mace Hibbard: Time Gone By

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Performing a selection of thoroughly modern jazz, inspired and influenced by the music of Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis and Branford Marsalis, Atlanta-based saxophonist/composer Mace Hibbard delivers the creative and highly entertaining Time Gone By, his second album as leader and the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut, When Last We Met (CDBY, 2007). A busy sideman--in 2011 alone, appearing on albums by Joe Gransden's Big Band, trumpeter Melvin Jones (also a member of Hibbard's quintet) and keyboardist Bryant ...

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Mace Hibbard: When Last We Met

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Atlanta-based saxophonist Mace Hibbard hits the ground running with When We Last Met, an all original collection of hard-driving progressive jazz with contemporary overtones. The disc is imbued with strong lyricism and challenging, yet accessible grooves.

Hibbard has a boisterous feel with a seething growl for a tone. His edgy approach on the alto displays an in-depth understanding of past masters, especially Cannonball Adderley, and current trailblazers like Kenny Garrett. His powerhouse solo on the disc's raucous opener, ...

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Mace Hibbard: When Last We Met

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When Last We Met is sure to make more than a ripple in the jazz world. Atlanta-based multi-instrumentalist and reed man Mace Hibbard is an educator and versatile musician who not only plays a passionate alto saxophone but also manifests ample talents and expressive voicing on soprano and tenor. A blues-based bebop player, Hibbard departs from this background by crafting an album of original modern straight-ahead jazz full of catchy melodies and soft ballads that can take your breath away.


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