Your friends at All About Jazz are looking for readers to help back our website upgrade project. Of critical importance, this project will result in a vastly improved reader experience across all devices and will make future All About Jazz projects much easier to implement. Click here to learn more about this project including donation rewards.
Vibraphonist Dan McCarthy's TucksyThe EP has him hooking up with a kindred spirit in the personage of banjo player Tuey Connell with extremely satisfying results. Both Connell and McCarthy are wont to take their instruments into somewhat uncharted places: McCarthy's recent Interwords (Independent, 2006) highlighted his gorgeous sonoric clarity in the context of a potpourri of genres that always kept the melody in sight, while Connell can be found in hip downtown venues fronting his own band that combines jazz, blues and pop into a bluegrassy base. Tucksy joins the two of them with bassist Dan Loomis and drummer Ernesto Cervini for a highly listenable yet creative sound.
"Tucksy's Theme works out of a solid B3-like blues/funk groove, bringing to mind organist Jimmy Smith doing a version of "Watermelon Man as McCarthy finds the perfect chords, while "The Mysterious Disappearance of Sir Randolph Buckminster switches to a bolero chill with a hypnotically exquisite rhythm, allowing for both McCarthy and Connell to expose the more delicate aspects of their instruments.
"The Television Lies, written by fellow Canadian singer/songwriter Reid Jamieson, is turned into a heartbreakingly lovely vibes solo that elegantly uses sustain and harmonics to create a stunningly reverential atmosphere. "Theme from Law and Order serves as an excuse for some vibraphonic pyrotechnics before the original "Loblues has banjo and vibes on equal footing for some ethereal blues. An EP length preview of what is sure to be a striking full-length debut.
Track Listing: Tucksy's Theme;The Mysterious Disappearance of Sir Randolph Buckminster; The Television Lies; Theme from Law & Order; Loblues.
Personnel: Dan McCarthy: vibraphone; Tuey Connell: banjo; Dan Loomis: bass; Ernesto Cervini: drums.
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open