All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

148

Marc Cary: Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Jazz pianist Marc Cary pays a bit of homage to the electric piano that Harold Rhodes started developing way back in the mid-forties as Leo Fender subsequently bought the rights and appended his last name to an instrument that is cherished by many a keyboardist. With Rhodes Ahead, Vol 1 Cary performs on the rhodes, and the now ancient yet still delectable (analog) moog synthesizer, while the end results prove to be somewhat of a mixed bag at best.

The opener, a composition titled “Rhodes Ahead Intro” features groove beats and Cary’s airy chord progressions performed on the rhodes, yet his dissonant lines and tinny sounding moog EFX/soloing seems a bit superfluous or to some extent, pointless. On “Treasure Part 1” Cary provides the textures yet electric bassist Tarus Mateen turns in some fluid lines to an otherwise forgettable theme while “Inside Your Self (You’ll Find Love)” boasts a straight-four pulse and affable jungle-beat rhythms. At this juncture some of the material and concepts sound dated yet “Take Me Higher” is a hearty spin on that 70’s vibe made famous by Herbie Hancock as Cary’s dreamy and enticingly melodic statements along with a lazy funk-style backbeat hits the mark. The final track titled “Turning” boasts a breezy, ambient motif marked by Cary’s emphatic and well-placed notes. Yet at this point it may have been too little, too late

Throughout, Cary displays a sincere appreciation for this time-honored instrument while many of these pieces are nothing more than fragmented themes stitched together as we hope that this highly regarded jazz pianist comes up with a little more – compositional – substance on Vol. 2 of this series.

* * ½ (out of * * * * *)


Personnel:

Marc Cary; rhodes, roque moog, mini moog, drums, drum programming & percussion: Tarus Mateen; electric bass, vocals & drum programming on track 5: Yarbrough Charles Laws; flute on track 9 and drum programming on track 11: Terreon Gully; drums on tracks 3,4 & 7: Shariff Simmons; vocals track 8: Penny Williams; vocals track 10: Dana Murray; drum programming track 8: Roy Hargrove; background vocals on track 5.

Jazzateria web: www.jazzateria.com

Title: Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1 | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Jazzateria

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

For Moseka

For Moseka

Marc Cary
For the Love of Abbey

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2

Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2

Motéma Music
2015

buy
Four Directions

Four Directions

Motéma Music
2014

buy
 Focus Trio Live 2009

Focus Trio Live 2009

Motema Music
2010

buy
Focus

Focus

Motema Music
2006

buy

Related Articles

Read First Impressions CD/LP/Track Review
First Impressions
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two CD/LP/Track Review
Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two
by Chris May
Published: February 25, 2018
Read In Stride CD/LP/Track Review
In Stride
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Osmosis CD/LP/Track Review
Osmosis
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 25, 2018
Read Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest CD/LP/Track Review
Stax Singles, Vol. 4: Rarities & Best of the Rest
by Jim Trageser
Published: February 25, 2018
Read You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To CD/LP/Track Review
You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 24, 2018
Read "Tandem" CD/LP/Track Review Tandem
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 26, 2018
Read "Provenance" CD/LP/Track Review Provenance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 17, 2017
Read "Cycles of Animation" CD/LP/Track Review Cycles of Animation
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: December 24, 2017
Read "Improcreations" CD/LP/Track Review Improcreations
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 2, 2018
Read "Sunshine! Quartet" CD/LP/Track Review Sunshine! Quartet
by Glenn Astarita
Published: June 13, 2017
Read "Transitions" CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017