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Bill McHenry: Ghosts Of The Sun

Read "Ghosts Of The Sun" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

If the musical evidence on Ghosts Of The Sun is to be believed, Bill McHenry is looking to become a composer of new American Songs. The saxophonist has a distinctive flair for this type of writing, and with this delightful album he could easily begin a path to assembling a songbook not unlike what songwriters like Stephen Sondheim must have done decades ago. However, McHenry is not a librettist--at least not yet--nor has he looked for one, at least for ...


Multiple Reviews

Bill McHenry: Bloom & Narrow Margin

Read "Bill McHenry: Bloom & Narrow Margin" reviewed by Martin Longley

Ben Monder/Bill McHenryBloomSunnyside Records2010 Andrew GreenNarrow MarginMicrophonic2009 Brooklyn tenor man Bill McHenry can teeter on the lip of sonic extremity, but he's also well-versed in the art of post-Coleman Hawkins full-bodied-ness. These albums reveal him in two remarkably contrasting modes. McHenry's Bloom duo disc with guitarist Ben Monder is completely dedicated to mood and ...


Album Review

Bill McHenry Quintet: Sonic Pressure

Read "Sonic Pressure" reviewed by Farrell Lowe

In the world of music, some live performances stand out with distinction. There are nights where the bandstand can be a magical place, with the musicians expressing an added dimension to their normal artistry. Those nights are special and are, with luck, captured in a recording like this one. Sonic Pressure was recorded live at the Fat Cat Jazz Club in New York City in June of 2005, and captures tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry's quintet in fine form.

The album ...


Multiple Reviews

Bill McHenry: Sonic Pressure & Rediscovery

Read "Bill McHenry: Sonic Pressure & Rediscovery" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Bill McHenry Sonic Pressure Fresh Sound 2007 John McNeil & Bill McHenry Rediscovery Sunnyside 2008

Bill McHenry's eclectic sound, blending West Coast cool with the restless interplay of New York's downtown practitioners, has matured into a uniquely personal voice over the past decade and a half. On Sonic Pressure, the tenorist ...


Album Review

Bill McHenry: Roses

Read "Roses" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Bill McHenry's daring approach to the tenor saxophone has earned him strong critical acclaim in recent years, as well as choice gigs like headlining the Village Vanguard in New York City. While he's in the line of left-of-center tenor sax predecessors like Dewey Redman, the 35 year-old McHenry has developed a unique sound that blends free form and structured elements into an organic whole. He's that rare free player with a gentle tone and an unhurried demeanor. ...


Album Review

Bill McHenry: Bill McHenry Quartet Featuring Paul Motian

Read "Bill McHenry Quartet Featuring Paul Motian" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Saxophonist Bill McHenry's latest CD is a successful meeting of three of jazz's finest younger talents with one of the music's most venerated players. McHenry, who produced the CD and composed all nine selections, has a beautiful tone, strong and clear with an open freshness. He has a fluent sense of melody, but he can also let go of structure and work with the insides of chords. McHenry is also an excellent composer with a gift for inventive structures, and ...


Album Review

Bill McHenry: Bill McHenry Quartet feat. Paul Motian

Read "Bill McHenry Quartet feat. Paul Motian" reviewed by Phil DiPietro

Bill McHenry, Reid Anderson and Ben Monder are members of a collective of musicians currently based in Manhattan who have recorded for the Catalonian label Fresh Sounds , representing one of jazz's futures. They're forward thinking, rejecting tradition in their composing and playing, “Downtown" without being so far downtown as the Knit or Tonic, free without being classifiable as avant-garde. Now 31, McHenry brings along a special guest drummer, the 70-plus Paul Motian, for his third release, taking the occasion ...


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