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Jazz guitarist John McLean's 25 year career has included work as a performer; composer; arranger; producer;bandleader,and educator. Since completing studies at The Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and the University of Miami (M.M.), Mclean has toured throughout the world performing and recording in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has appeared and recorded with such artists as Kurt Elling; Mose Allison; Dave Douglas; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Patricia Barber; Randy Brecker; Adam Nussbaum; Arthur Blythe, and many more. John's latest recording, "Better Angels" features his exciting septet in a program of original music and innovative arrangements of jazz classics

ARTICLE: BAILEY'S BUNDLES

Ten Artists: January 2019

Read "Ten Artists: January 2019" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

I am adopting my “Bailey's Bundle" format as sole vehicle for my music reportage. Moreover, I am sharpening my focus to three segments of the jazz universe, in this order: (1) Jazz Vocals, (2) Archival Releases, and (3) Everything Else. I have changed the title to the more inclusive “Ten Artists," better reflecting how I have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kurt Elling: The Questions Live

Read "The Questions Live" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

È proprio un bel regalo natalizio questa registrazione di Kurt Elling al Ronnie Scott's di Londra di poche settimane fa. Un live album disponibile dal 7 dicembre, che sarà apprezzato dal pubblico più esigente del cantante. I brani in repertorio sono quelli del recente cd The Questions -con l'eccezione di “Everyday You're Away"-ma la ...

Parts Unknown

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Blondie Roundabout; Labor Day; Time Window; Parts Unknown; Safe And Sound (At The Edge Of The Milky Way); All Alone; Farther From That; Last Call.

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases Of 2017" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Few things are a given, yet we can always count on a flood of new music making its way into the world over the course of a year. In 2017 some of the best jazz found its path by looking forward, doubling back, and/or branching out. In short, this music and the dedicated artists who make ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John McLean: Parts Unknown

Read "Parts Unknown" reviewed by Friedrich Kunzmann

This inventive Chicago Quartet finds Kurt Elling's long time backing team comprised of guitarist John McLean and bassist Clark Sommers pushing into original sonic adventures with fresh modern twists. The band's debut outing for Origin Records also features drummer Xavier Breaker and vibes veteran Joe Locke whose tone and style accompanies and interacts perfectly with John ...

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Labor Day

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2017
Duration: 5:31

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

John McLean / Clark Sommers Band: Parts Unknown

Read "Parts Unknown" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

It's amazing what can happen when you take a tight-knit, deep-dish duo reflective of Chicago's jazz riches, add one of the world's most dexterous and expressive vibraphonists, and sweeten the deal with a grooving up-and-comer. Charts are mapped over uncharted territories, musical assuredness carries the day in uncertain realms, and surprises await around every well-constructed corner. ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kurt Elling: The Beautiful Day

Read "The Beautiful Day" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Forget the standard old tidings of good cheer, the same old set of swinging Christmas standards, and the sugary holiday treats that lack vitality and real sustenance. Kurt Elling certainly paid little mind to them when he was putting together this gem of a program. Instead of taking the road more traveled when it comes to ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall

Read "Kurt Elling at Bing Concert Hall" reviewed by Lily O'Brien

Kurt Elling Stanford Jazz / Bing Concert Hall Palo Alto, CA February 27, 2016 Kurt Elling is full of it--talent that is. As a vocalist, performer and writer/poet, he is just, simply--off the charts. His performance for Stanford Live at Bing Concert Hall, at Stanford University in Palo Alto on Saturday, ...


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