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Saxophonist and composer Marc McDonald’s music possesses a warm, lyrical quality while spanning a broad emotional range. If the best jazz tells stories, then McDonald’s tales run the gamut from joyous to poignant, exhilarating to contemplative. McDonald has led groups for over 25 years in the New York/New Jersey area and such cities as Honolulu, London and Athens. In 2008, he released his debut CD as a leader It Doesn’t End Here, which features his own compositions and inventive arrangements of standards. The music draws on a variety of influences, including mainstream jazz, Brazilian music, and New Orleans R&B. McDonald's career as a sideman has been similarly active and varied

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George StoneThe Real DealSelf Published2010 Every once in a while the stars align, the wheel of fortune spins precisely and listeners are the happy recipients of a big band album that is remarkably engaging and spectacular from start to finish; in other words, The Real Deal. This ...

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Jamie Begian Big Band: Big Fat Grin

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Who wants to take on the task of turning 17 individual musicians into a jazz big band? Very few people would attempt it, and fewer would succeed. Guitarist Jamie Begian did it in 1998 and the Jamie Begian Big Band now celebrates its 12th year with the release of its second album, Big Fat Grin. Begian ...

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It Doesn't End Here

Label: No End In Sight Records
Released: 2008
Track listing: It Doesn't End Here; Floating; Night and Day; Three Sheets to the Wind; This Heart of Mine; Fade to Gold; Blue Skies; In Exile; Hero Worship; Till the Cows Come Home; You Laugh (But You'll Be There).

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Marc McDonald: It Doesn't End Here

Read "It Doesn't End Here" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins


Sometimes, you can learn a lot from a title. Hopefully, It Doesn't End Here is a deliberate message that alto saxophonist Marc McDonald has a lot more left in him after his debut release as a leader. McDonald has spent about 25 years as a sideman, playing various styles, including funk and cabaret. A ...

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Label: No End In Sight Records
Released: 2008
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