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All About The Vibes

Read "All About The Vibes" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week the show is all about the vibraphone or vibes with a variety of music demonstrating the power and wonder of that singular instrument. Jazz history is full of great players from Milt Jackson through to Gary Burton but I'm going to look at some modern practitioners on this show, One of those is Dan McCarthy with this weeks featured album City Abstract.Playlist Dan McCarthy “Midwestern Nights Dream" from City Abstract (Origin Records) 00:00 Jorge Nuno Connection ...

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Dan McCarthy: City Abstract

Read "City Abstract" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The concept of homecoming is inextricably linked to the music that Dan McCarthy presents on City Abstract. Recorded in May of 2019, shortly after he had returned to his native Toronto after fifteen years in New York, this date finds the vibraphonist bowing to two of his biggest influences: pianist Carla Bley and vibraphonist Gary Burton. Those lodestars provide solid inspiration and clear direction for McCarthy, who works his way through originals and a few choice covers with a balanced ...

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Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records

Read "Dan McCarthy's Epoch and City Abstract on Origin Records" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Canadian vibesman Dan McCarthy has come a long way since the release of his already very accomplished debut album Interwords (self produced) in 2006. Since moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2004, McCarthy has been able to collaborate with some of the city's finest improvisors, such as Steve Swallow or Ben Monder who are also the musicians joining him on his first of two albums in 2019, both released on the Seattle-based label Origin Records. The quartet performing on early ...

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Dan McCarthy: Epoch

Read "Epoch" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

As intimated by the gray horizons on this album's cover, there's a silvery beauty and dusky design element at play in Epoch. Vibraphonist Dan McCarthy, a Canadian-turned-Brooklynite with a keen appreciation for suspense and patient development, tests the boundaries and borders of shadows and shape with stunning results. Elevated by the pillars of mystique and mournfulness, this statement proves beautifully gripping. Working without drums, and tapping sui generis souls like guitarist Ben Monder, violinist Mark Feldman, and ...

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Tucksy: Tucksy - The EP

Read "Tucksy - The EP" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Vibraphonist Dan McCarthy's Tucksy--The EP has him hooking up with a kindred spirit in the personage of banjo player Tuey Connell with extremely satisfying results. Both Connell and McCarthy are wont to take their instruments into somewhat uncharted places: McCarthy's recent Interwords (Independent, 2006) highlighted his gorgeous sonoric clarity in the context of a potpourri of genres that always kept the melody in sight, while Connell can be found in hip downtown venues fronting his own band that combines jazz, ...

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Dan McCarthy Trio: Interwords

Read "Interwords" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Dan McCarthy delivers some very good vibrations on this debut recording. Part of the new group of young vibraphonists including Stefon Harris (Evolution, Blue Note 2004) and Ben Adams (Old Thoughts for a New Day, Lunar Module 2006), McCarthy has his own ideas for the idiosyncratic instrument, which requires the skills of both a drummer and pianist to master. McCarthy honed his craft academically in Canada for eighteen years before moving to New York in 2004. He ...


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