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 love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.