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Saxophonist, composer, and arranger Brian McCarthy draws inspiration from the history of jazz while maintaining a modern awareness. His latest nonet album AFTER|LIFE, was awarded 4 stars by The Times (London) critic, Chris Pearson. Pearson says, “Imagine John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme driven by science rather than spirituality…While Coltrane praised God, McCarthy muses musically on death and rebirth in a cyclical cosmos and how we are all linked, down to a molecular level.” His debut nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, earned 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine



Label: Truth Revolution Recording Collective
Released: 2023
Track listing: Nebula; The Beginning; Flux; Kepler's Law; After|Life Suite: Movement I; Movement II; Movement III; Lucy.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kait Dunton, The Pacific Jazz Group & Dee Daniels

Read "Kait Dunton, The Pacific Jazz Group & Dee Daniels" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We kick off the 812th Episode of Neon Jazz with a gem from The Pacific Jazz Group's 2023 eponymous release. Then buckle up for a full hour of tasty new jazz from Brian McCarthy's Nonet, The Harry Allen Orchestra, The Elec Set and The 14 Jazz Orchestra. There's also a new album from Kait Dunton entitled ...


Song of the Day


Label: Truth Revolution Recording Collective
Released: 2023
Duration: 3:08


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Brian McCarthy blends jazz, astronomy, and the AfterLife

Read "Brian McCarthy blends jazz, astronomy, and the AfterLife" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On Vermont-based saxophonist, composer and arranger Brian McCarthy. Brian joins us on the occasion of his most recent project, After|Life (TRR Collective) released just a few days after we recorded this talk. After|Life is the second album of McCarthy's in the nonet format as well as the second to be ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More

Read "New Releases From Royston, Lema & Ojeda, Courvoisier & Smythe, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne

Listen for new releases from Rudy Royston, Germán Lema & Nicolás Ojeda, Sylvie Courvoisier & Cory Smythe, Jacob Young Mats Eilertsen & Audun Kleive, Brian McCarthy, Blue Moods, Roxy Coss, Dave Moss, Michael O'Neill Quintet, Cazayoux, Cut Beetlez Quartet with Rodney Chapman, Daniel Carter with Leo Genovese William Parker & Francisco Mela, and, Sébastien Parent.


Article: Album Review

Brian McCarthy Nonet: After|Life

Read "After|Life" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Saxophonist Brian McCarthy, not one to shy away from a big theme, draws inspiration from the creation of the universe to craft After|Life Science says we are all stardust, compiled ultimately in all its complexities via gravity. Given that, he opens this expansive octet offering with “Nebula," referring to cosmic gasses consisting of ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melanie De Biasio, Mary Halvorson and More

Read "Cecile McLorin Salvant, Melanie De Biasio, Mary Halvorson and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This is a show of varied moods with provocative vocals by Cecile McLorin Salvant and Melanie De Biasio, piano music from Bill Evans and Peter Madsen, some vintage Mary Halvorson and a lot more. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry ...

Article: Album Review

Brian McCarthy: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Sassofonista e arrangiatore, insegnante all'Università del Vermont, Brian McCarthy è anche un appassionato di storia e ha pensato di realizzare un concept album ispirato alla guerra civile americana, presentando due suoi brani e sette temi dell'epoca arrangiati per medio organico. In questo nonet troviamo veterani come il trombettista Bill Mobley (già con Harold ...


The Better Angels of Our Nature

Label: Truth Revolution Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: The Bonnie Blue Flag; Battle Hymn of the Old Republic; Shiloh; The Better Angels of Our Nature; Battle Cry of Freedom; Weeping, Sad and Lonely; I Wish I Was in Dixie's Land; Of Freedom; All Quiet Along the Potomac To-Night.


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