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Truth Revolution Records recording artist and Selmer-Paris saxophonist, Brian McCarthy is an active player, composer and educator. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters from William Paterson University, Brian returned to Vermont to cultivate and expand the appreciation of jazz in his home state. A Vermont Arts Council Creation Grant recipient for his 9-piece ensemble project "The Better Angels of Our Nature," landed a two-night premiere in November 2015 and an album release on Truth Revolution Records (2017). His first album as a leader, “This Just In” (2013), received wide acclaim

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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.

Codex

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2017
Track listing: Commonplace; Elder Lion; Miller Time; Acoustic Shadows; Serenity; Sarabande; One Foot in the Gutter; Causeway; El Manisero.

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Brian McCarthy: Codex

Read "Codex" reviewed by Doug Collette

Whether saxophonist Brian McCarthy's third full-length studio album, Codex, was specifically intended as such, this comparatively simple, bracing quartet project is a refreshing change of pace from its more involved predecessor, The Better Angels of Our Nature (Truth Revolution, 2017). On the surface at least seemingly far less ambitious, the album begins in a ...

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Brian McCarthy Nonet: The Better Angels of Our Nature

Read "The Better Angels of Our Nature" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Brian McCarthy's The Better Angels of Our Nature shares some common ground with Ted Nash whose Big Band collection Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom) (Motema Music, 2016) explored musical interpretations of great historical speeches including those of John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and Lyndon B. Johnson. McCarthy's focus is inspirited by American ...

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All About Jazz members are invited to enter the “Brian McCarthy - This Just In“ giveaway contest starting today. We'll select FIVE winners at the conclusion of the contest on February 24th. Click here to enter the contest (Becoming a fan of Brian McCarthy at AAJ automatically enters you in the contest.) Good luck! About Brian ...

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Brian McCarthy: This Just In

Read "This Just In" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Vermont but the state, despite its size, has had a long involvement with improvised music. Trumpeters Alan Shorter and Bill Dixon taught at Bennington College and guitarist Attila Zoller founded the Vermont Jazz Center in Brattleboro. In addition to having a small yet ...

This Just In

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013
Track listing: Mac Attack; Precipice; The Departure, Pt. One; This Just In; Loved Ones; Bridgman Hill; The Feeling of Jazz; The Arrival, Pt. Two.


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