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Halogen

by Brad Myrick Quintet

All-original, modern instrumental tunes with tightly arranged compositions and ample improvisation inspired equally by jazz, pop, folk and world music.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Halogen
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2. Awake
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3. Cala Rossa
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4. The Aught Years
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5. Kick Up Your Heels
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6. Baggy Eye Blues
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7. Spring Samba
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8. Rebirth
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9. Mama's Lullabye
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Guitarist Brad Myrick will not be pigeon-holed or pinned down anytime soon. While known locally as a hometown guru, he is also an international authority of the axe, continuing the tradition of Al Di Meola, Eric Johnson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others spanning the genres. Indeed, though the music scene demands allegiance to accepted formats and functions, Myrick stands out as an unrelenting explorer.

The NH guitarist’s career history reads like the script of an independent film, which is to say, like a young man’s artistic journey. Myrick’s story features an amalgam of diverse scenes, ranging from chart-topping studio work, to high-end Italian jazz clubs, to super-sized stadium shows as a touring sideman.

Raised in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, Myrick’s first adventure came with a move to Boston, where he began studies in international business and finance. In no time at all, and perhaps responding to deafening protest from his musical muse, Brad moved back to NH, and set his sights west. Myrick loaded up his car (a Honda civic with issues), found a co-pilot (without issues), and began the journey to Los Angeles.

Affable and humble, Myrick quickly learned the trade of legit West Coast guitar playing, and began performing around southern California in various projects. He played to hundreds of people a night at the Whiskey A Go-Go, Key Club and many other classic venues on the sunset strip. All the while he continued his own musical education at Los Angeles Music Academy and USC, furthering his exploration in rock, jazz, pop, funk, R&B and folk music.

Six years and countless gigs later Myrick’s muse brought him to Italy where he began work in studio production. There his arranging know-how, compositional input, and vocal talent flourished as he became a producer and first-call arranger. During this time Brad also became known as a sought-after teacher in the Italian community. Two and a half years later, he made the move back to NH where he has resided since 2011.

Mr. Myrick’s projects are wide-ranging and his fans are equally likely to enjoy him on stage at a jazz concert, fronting a rock band, leading an open mic, or playing a solo show. In keeping with his adventurous lifestyle (which brings him back to Cali and Italy frequently), any single Brad Myrick performance traverses multiple styles, as he stretches and cross-pollinates genres deftly, and often on a whim.

The Brad Myrick Quintet, founded in 2012 by guitarist/composer Brad Myrick, is an eclectic modern instrumental group that performs Myrick’s original compositions. Rounding out the quintet are tenor saxophonist Richard Gardzina, pianist Alan Rowe, bassist Joey Pierog and drummer John Faggiano. All five members are from New Hampshire and are deeply intrenched in the local music scene. Their first studio album, “Halogen”, debuted on April 26, 2014 at Amoskeag Studio in Manchester, NH in front of a sold-out, standing room only crowd.


Here is a recent article about Brad from a Concord, NH newspaper speaking of the quintet and various other projects:

For over a decade, Brad Myrick lived as a guitar globetrotter, dividing his time between West Coast session work, summers teaching and recording in Italy, and performing in his home state of New Hampshire. As an arranger, composer and performer, he’s played with a myriad of other performers. One thing Myrick hasn’t done, however, is make a record of his own.

The musical omnivore emphatically addressed that situation recently. Most performers simply release a debut album; Myrick’s putting out a box set. The jazzy Halogen came out in the spring. Two more will arrive soon — an acoustic disc showcasing his songwriting skills, followed by a more pop-oriented effort.

“I’ve been working for everybody else for so long, it’s nice to finally focus on myself,” Myrick said in a recent phone interview. “People keep asking me … where can I hear your stuff?” Interest proved high in May. Tickets sold out for a Halogen release party at Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill Studio to hear Myrick and his band — Richard Gardzina, Alan Rowe, John Faggiano and Joey Pierog — perform the record from start to finish.

Myrick said an instrumental idiom like jazz is “actually more appealing than writing lyrics, and I can say that because I do both,” adding that he’s intrigued by the many mental pictures one of his pieces can create in a listener’s mind. “It gives me a new way to look at it next time I go and perform. It’s a great lift for a composer.”

However, he is excited by his two lyrically centered projects, which he called “the culmination of a decade of songwriting and performing. The tentatively titled Where the New World Begins “represents a period in my life where I was searching, lost at times, but excited and pensive. It speaks of exploring, lost love, hope, found love, and coping with the big city. Some tunes are melancholy, while others rock pretty hard for an unplugged style album.”

The final (still untitled) record is shaping up as his most ambitious. “It will be the closest thing to what I’ve always envisioned as a complete ‘Brad Myrick’ sound,” he said. “There are epic rockers with long guitar solos and short pop tunes that might even be radio-worthy. The album represents where I’m at, and hopefully hints at where I’m going both in life and musically.”

He’s using the new output to help move his career forward. “I’d like to remain in New Hampshire because I love it here, grew up here, call it home,” he said, adding, “I want to continue to tie in all of the great people and experiences that I have in my life from my time in Los Angeles and Italy. It’s beautiful when I can incorporate what I’ve learned in other music scenes into the great scene we have here.”

Studio work continues, including producing Maine rocker Heath Bartley, and two upcoming fall projects. Behind the console, Myrick is adept at getting a little from a lot. “I do almost everything from my home studio,” he said. “Arranging is one of my favorite things, and I’ve been getting great feedback.”

An expanding performance calendar includes Myrick’s second year as music coordinator for the weekly Jazz at Sunset series at Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough and hosting Wednesday open mike nights at Alan’s in Boscawen. He performs with a trio on July 6 at The Jazz Bar in Weir’s Beach.

“I’m nothing but excited to see where this all goes over the rest of 2014,” said Myrick. “My fellow musicians continue to inspire me, and the reciprocity that I experience in sharing music, both with other musicians and listeners, is one of the greatest gifts I have in my life.” -Michael Witthaus


For more information please visit www.bradmyrick.com, "like" Brad's page at www.facebook.com/bradmyrickmusic, and keep in touch by email at brad@bradmyrick.com.

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