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Hot House Jazz Magazine as described Chris McCarthy as "one of the most imaginative and impressive voices on the New York jazz scene." Since arriving in New York City in 2016, McCarthy has made a name for himself as one of the scene's most in demand young sidemen. He steps into the foreground as a bandleader with the release of his April 2020 Ropeadope debut, Still Time To Quit. The album features the New York super group of Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Michael Blake on sax, Sam Minaie on bass and JK Kim on drums. The album has been praised as a "big step forward for McCarthy, an auspicious label debut that bodes well for the future" by Glide Magazine and was prominently featured on Spotify's Jazz X-Press Editorial Playlist. Originally from the Seattle area, McCarthy was introduced to jazz through Roosevelt High School's music program

Still Time to Quit

Label: Ropeadope
Released: 2020
Track listing: That's All You Get; Ready, Steady, Here You Go!; Shockingly Effective; Toasty; Valedictorian Driver; Happy Tired; The Nightmares; Bury Me In Times Square.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris McCarthy: Still Time to Quit

Read "Still Time to Quit" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

Only two minutes into “That's All You Get," the opening track to pianist Chris McCarthy's debut recording for Ropeadope Records, Still Time To Quit, and already it seems that everything that had to be said was said. Maybe that's why at this point the track coincidentally also reaches its end. A savage yet controlled display of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris McCarthy: Still Time to Quit

Read "Still Time to Quit" reviewed by Paul Rauch

From 2017 to 2020, composer and pianist Chris McCarthy charted a path as a noted sideman for such notables as Jerry Bergonzi, Ben Allison and Jason Palmer. He was often seen performing with vibraphonist Sasha Berliner and in duet with vocalist Clotilde Rullaud. In short, he has gained a reputation for imaginative and supportive playing.

ARTICLE: JAZZ JOURNAL

Spring 2020

Read "Spring 2020" reviewed by Doug Collette

Jazz Journal is a regular column comprised of pithy takes on recent jazz releases of note, spotlighting titles that might otherwise go unnoticed. Jaromír Honzák Hard To Understand Animal Music 2020 The airy warm tones of “Francoise Truffaut" constitute an apt commencement for Czech double bassist Jaromír Honzák ...

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Yilian Cañizares, Wildflower, Shabaka Hutchings, Vincent Courtois & New Releases

Read "Yilian Cañizares, Wildflower, Shabaka Hutchings, Vincent Courtois & New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Second part of our weekly exploration of new releases [for the first part click here], showcasing new and upcoming gems with a special focus on musical forces of nature like Cuban violinist and singer Yilian Cañizares, and prolific British reedist Shabaka Hutchings (check out his South African forays with his Shabaka and the Ancestors and with ...

Sonder

Label: Red Piano Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Intro; Desaparecere; The Empty; Ugly Beauty/Rant; Anyone Who Knows What Love Is; Cold Sand; Count On Me.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris McCarthy: Sonder

Read "Sonder" reviewed by Troy Dostert

You won't find too many jazz musicians eager to cover post-punk stalwarts Deerhoof on their debut record, as keyboardist Chris McCarthy does on Sonder. But maybe McCarthy's not too interested in being regarded as just a “jazz musician." If anything, the cross-genre creativity on display here suggests that McCarthy is trying to make music beyond category--and ...

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Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh

Read "Akinola Sennon: Cousoumeh" reviewed by Nigel Campbell

Trinidadian steelpan player and musical director of local steelband Siparia Deltones, Akinola Sennon's Cousoumeh is a mix of effective songwriting and performance and a daring leap into a new way of hearing improvised music from the Caribbean. Ropeadope Records--an increasingly important record label in the U.S.--is home to steelpan jazz artists Leon Foster Thomas ...


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