In an exhausting session of his own compositions, guitarist Tom McNalley leads his trio through vociferous tirades as well as somber dreamscapes. The rise and fall of their passion immerses the trio in searing intensity one momentgentle repose the next. Each of the three artists contributes a confident voice that drives the program cohesively.
With his guitar ablaze, McNalley turns fighter. He scores a knockout punch several times as he rips the air with ferocious streams of descant. Clear and crisp, the technique with which he excites the music carries a powerful message. With emotions bared and fingers flying, he sets fire to each extended piece and doesn't let up.
Bassist Jonas Tauber provides hearty pizzicato thrills as well as graceful arco lullabies. His deep-rooted drive gives the session a strong foundation. Drummer Ken Ollis swirls the room with textural masses. His colors surround the trio's energetic storms and provide firm reassurance.
Together, the trio takes each wave to its crest and trough, moving intuitively from one mood to the next. No specific impressions need be assigned as the three artists pursue their exploration in tandem. It's an intense session, filled with powerful feelings and stretches of the imagination. Musically, the threesome achieves a widespread array of tonal colors in adventuresome combinations. Emotionally, they provide spontaneity and a fiery attack. While not entirely accessible to our more traditional readers, Tom McNalley's trio offers substantial growth in the creative music field and plenty of passion.
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith
I've always loved jazz ...my mother was a classical pianist and my aunt was a blues singer, who was managed by Clarence Williams (Bessie Smith's producer). As a young boy, they introduced me to people like Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan, and Jimmy Smith. We hung out at my Aunt Kate's Soul Food restaurant in Harlem after the matinees at the Apollo where I listened to their stories. I knew I wanted to be a jazz musician from then on. My mother wanted me to play piano, but my Aunt bought me a guitar. I've been playing ever since.
At my mother's early prompting, I first sang Blue Velvet at my Catholic elementary school...and all the nuns came running in and asked me to sing again, so I knew I must have sounded pretty good. I've been singing ever since.
I met Tony Bennett in Miami and he inspired me to return to New York. He was a great mentor.
The best show I ever attended is mpossible to say, I've seen so many great shows. From Tony Bennett to Pat Martino, Return to Forever to Weather Report...I've seen some great performances.
My advice to new listeners is don't let jazz intimidate you, the music has something for every listener and it is our American gift to the world.