From the moody modern mainstream, pianist Marc Cary’s trio moves deliberately with dramatic passion, then balances its program with swinging blues romps and lilting flute melodies. A powerful pianist who leans toward classical diversion, Cary grew up in the Washington, DC area, where creative music has always been well received. Once he moved to New York, the pianist received experience and an education through the "schools" of Arthur Taylor, Betty Carter, and Abbey Lincoln.
Cary performs Lincoln’s song "My Love is You" without accompaniment in a lyrical and expressive manner. His piano becomes a unique and individual voice, as the composer’s influence at that point is undeniable. Miles Davis’ "Little Willie Leaps" features Waits riding the brushes and Mateen walking the bass, as Cary provides the classic melody with a modern twist. Cary’s "Moment of Love" offers impressionism through its snake-like movements and harmonic depth. The pianist takes charge, phrasing as if he were singing, while drums surround him with a wall of sound and bassist moves the theme ever forward. Highly recommended, Cary’s fifth recording as leader features three of today’s most interesting jazz artists releasing new ideas while never losing sight of the tradition.
Track Listing: Minor League; Trillium; Blues for Haseeb; New Prospective; My Love is You; Peace Maker; Little Willie Leaps; Moment of Love; King Tut
Personnel: Marc Cary- piano; Tarus Mateen- acoustic bass; Nasheet Waits- drums, percussion; Yarbrough Charles Laws- flute on "Peace Maker," "King Tut
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me
I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California.
I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.