Elevated by the pillars of mystique and mournfulness, this statement proves beautifully gripping.
For his first album on Origin, veteran New York vibraphonist Dan McCarthy gathers with some of the most creative and interesting improvisers in jazz - violinist Mark Feldman, bassist Steve Swallow and guitarist Ben Monder. Crafting an elegant program of impressionistic originals, McCarthy uses them to highlight the unique color and texture of the instrumentation, along with these master performer's eloquent use of mood, subtlety, timbre and patience. Sharing sonic territory with classic albums by Eberhard Weber, or several of John Abercrombie's ECM recordings, McCarthy's new offering engages with disarming beauty.
"An extraordinary musical ability and a boundless imagination" - Gary Burton
1. A Dream, Awake (4:20)
2. Fugitive Epoch (8:59)
3. Softly She Sings Her Song (6:01)
4. Desert Entrance (1:42)
5. Strange Medicine on the Desert (8:21)
6. A Dream, Asleep (3:57)
All compositions by Dan McCarthy (SOCAN)
Dan McCarthy - vibraphone
Mark Feldman - violin
Ben Monder - guitar
Steve Swallow - bass
Produced by Dan McCarthy
Recorded by Brett Mayer at Powerstation, New York, NY
Mixed by Marc Koecher at MK Soundworks, Toronto, ON
Mastered by Jeff "Fedge" Elliott, Fedge Mastering, Toronto, ON
Cover photographs by Dan McCarthy & John Bishop
Musician photographs by John Rogers
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Not your typical vibe record, this vibe player leans into improv in a big way and has a multi generational crew of like minded hell raisers along for his label debut ride. Riding that tip of music as art in that downtown kind of way, the open eared will enjoy this ride into impressionistic realms not previously considered. The next wave is upon u ...
All About Jazz (Dan Bilawsky)
4 1/2 STARS As intimated by the gray horizons on this album's cover, there's a silvery beauty and dusky design element at play in Epoch. Vibraphonist Dan McCarthy, a Canadian-turned-Brooklynite with a keen appreciation for suspense and patient development, tests the boundaries and borders of shadows and shape with stunning results. Elevated by the ...
KZSU (Stanford) (Tom McCarter)
Veteran New York vibraphonist Dan McCarthy gathers with some of the most creative and interesting improvisors in jazz to craft an elegant program of impressionistic originals, McCarthy uses them to highlight the unique color and texture of the instrumentation, along with these master performer's eloquent use of mood, subtlety, timbre and patience ...
Multikulti - Poland (Mateusz Krępski )
5-STARS If one of the vibraphone giants, a longtime dean of the Berklee College of Music, and also the man who helped Metheny in the beginning of his career - Gary Burton puts McCarthy the highest mark "extraordinary musical proficiency and unlimited imagination", it is difficult to pass this disc without interest. If we add three more names from ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Dan McCarthy leads a quartet with his vibes and compositions, bringing together a simpatico and sensitive band of Ben Monder/g, Mark Feldman/vi and Steve Swallow/b. The focus is on dreamy atmospheres, hovering on "A Dream, Awake" and floating with Big Sky spaces during "Fugitive Epoch." McCarthy's vibes have a gentle chime, sighing to Feldman's cry ...
All About Jazz (FRIEDRICH KUNZMANN)
Canadian vibesman Dan McCarthy has come a long way since the release of his already very accomplished debut album Interwords (self produced) in 2006. Since moving to Brooklyn, New York in 2004, McCarthy has been able to collaborate with some of the city's finest improvisors, such as Steve Swallow or Ben Monder who are also the musicians joining him ...