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Pete McCann: Range

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This is the fifth album as leader by NYC-based guitarist Pete McCann and demonstrates just what heights the jazz guitar is capable of reaching when placed in the hands of an expert who understands the meaning of balance and finesse. Opening with the breezy “Kenny," a paen to the late Kenny Wheeler (with whom Pete McCann had performed), the guitarist lays down flurries of rapid-fire notes, with notable solo appearances here by Henry Hey on piano and John O'Gallagher on ...

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Pete McCann: Range

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Wisconsin-born guitarist Pete McCann has been a mainstay in the New York City jazz scene for over 25 years, yet mysteriously continues to elude widespread recognition, despite his impressive virtuosity. McCann's enviably diverse skills are well-documented on the aptly titled Range, the fifth release issued under his name. Joined by alto saxophonist John O'Gallagher, keyboardist Henry Hey, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Mark Ferber, McCann and company embark on an eclectic excursion exploring myriad genres, from straight-ahead and post-bop to ...

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Pete McCann: Looking Forward

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Jazz guitarist and educator Pete McCann has been a first-call sideman and bandleader on the New York scene for almost twenty years. Possessing a musical style that draws from the blues, jazz and rock genres, McCann's playing and writing styles are as diverse as his influences. Having worked with such world-class performers as Lee Konitz, Chris Tarry, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Greg Osby, Brian Blade and the Maria Schneider Orchestra, McCann has appeared on over fifty recordings as a sideman. ...

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Pete McCann: Extra Mile

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Pete McCann may be a kind of a guitar superman, considering his work with bands led by Patti Austin, Lee Konitz, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, Peter Erskine, Gary Thomas, Greg Osby, Brian Blade and Maria Schneider.

Since moving to New York in 1989, McCann has lent his skills to these diverse leaders, which shows his chameleon-like approach. He is equally comfortable playing pre- and post-bop jazz, as well as electric fusion, acoustic, Latin and rock--all of ...

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Pete McCann: Most Folks

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Along with a prestigious career as a flexibly eclectic sideman, guitarist Pete McCann has released his third effort as a leader, Most Folks, an impressive outing showcasing his considerable chops and tuneful craftsmanship, backed by Mark Ferber (drums), John Herbert (bass), Mike Holober (piano) and John O'Gallagher (alto and tenor saxophones). The recording boasts compelling original tunes, including the neobop title track and “Rack 'Em Up, the contemplative “Hunter Gatherer, the jaggedly lyrical “JM and the serpentine “Yes, My Friend, ...

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Pete McCann: Most Folks

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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 ...

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Pete McCann: Most Folks

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Pete McCann is a versatile guitarist with a daunting list of sideman credits: Kenny Wheeler, Maria Schneider, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett and many others. Most Folks is his third date as leader. As an artistic statement, it's organized around the notion of sketches, portraits and tributes to “folks" whose lives have intersected with McCann's. McCann's instrumental voices range from meaty feedback-laden electric soloing ("JM," “Yes My Friend") and low-treble mellowness not far from Wes Montgomery ("About Face," ...

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Pete McCann: Most Folks

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Pete McCann confesses to a love of music from several different streams which influenced him as he was growing. The guitarist opens up a few of those influences on Most Folks with a skill which reveals him to be not only a good listener, but also a writer with the ability to build a striking composition that gets to the core. Yes, he works with jazz, which he can mesh with rock, but he also knows how to get grunge ...


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