Brian Mcconnell Quartet | Brian McConnell Quartet (Feat. Georges Hebert, Danny Parker & Scott Ferguson)

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Brian McConnell Quartet (Feat. Georges Hebert, Danny Parker & Scott Ferguson)

by Brian Mcconnell Quartet

Ten jazz standards recorded live off the floor by a working group consisting of flute, guitar, bass and drums.
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Broadway
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2. Sweet Georgia Bright
3:33 FREE
3. There Is No Greater Love
5:09 FREE
4. Cold Duck Time
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5. Stella By Starlight
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6. Doxy
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7. So Danco Samba
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8. There Will Never Be Another You
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9. Bluesette
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10. 500 Miles High
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Album Notes
We originally got together like a lot of musicians who play jazz whenever they can – but don’t expect to make a living doing so – to play occasional gigs and work our way through all of our favorite fake book songs. All four of us have spent our lives in the music industry doing most of our playing in the service of other people’s music. The list of performers that Georges, Danny and Scott have all toured and recorded with reads like a who’s-who of the Canadian music industry. As for me, I had become a musical hermit, barely playing anywhere outside of my own music room as I had given up on live music making. However, several years ago I got the bug all over again and my enthusiasm for playing became completely rejuvenated. Then I bumped into Georges Hébert one day, who shares my fondness for American Songbook tunes and we agreed to get together and play some. That first meeting was great fun so we met weekly for a time. An opportunity to play a Saturday afternoon gig came along and Georges suggested we call Danny Parker to play bass. I was/am blown away by these guys individually but I think they get even better together. Danny recommended we call Scott to play drums. Scott and Danny went through the same University jazz program in their younger days and have that locked-in thing that you get with great bass/drum duos.
Like most dedicated flute players I have spent my adult life working on my sound. It’s a never-ending work in progress. So imagine how disappointing it is –after all those hours of long tones and exercises – to show up at a gig and have a heavy-handed drummer demolish any chance you have of being heard. This happens a lot and is a huge part of why I gave up on live performance. So what a pleasure it is to play with Scott, he plays any bag, swings like crazy and listens better than any drummer I’ve ever played with.
We played some concerts, clubs, jazz fest gigs, and before we knew it we had become a band. During a break on a gig about six months ago Georges said; “we should record this”, so we did.
The recording plan was a simple one. I brought a list of tunes, we agreed to record each tune no more than twice and not listen back to anything until the end of the session. We ended up with about eight tunes in three hours. So we booked another session and added four more and I doubled a couple of the flute parts and in the end we had ten tunes.
We had great fun recording these tunes and hope that some of that fun can be had listening to them as well.
Brian McConnell
June 2012



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