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Boy Goes to City

by Matt MacDougall

An eclectic instrumental album with an improvisational spirit, for fans of rock, jazz, experimental, and more; featuring saxophonist Jeff Coffin.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Kid With Every Problem
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2. Heritage
5:41 $0.99
3. Modern Miscellaneous
4:34 $0.99
4. We're Both At Fault
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5. Melancholy Lullaby
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6. A Year That Never Happened
2:44 $0.99
7. Boy Goes to City
5:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Boy Goes To City arrives one year after MacDougall planted his roots in the fertile musical soil of Nashville, and features a stellar band picked up along the way. The album features saxophonist Jeff Coffin, a staple of the Nashville jazz scene best known for his indefatigable touring with Bela Fleck & The Flecktones and the Dave Matthews Band; local bass guru Roy Vogt, who has worked with the likes of Jerry Reed and the Allman Brothers Band’s Dickey Betts; and three IU classmates and longtime collaborators: saxophonist Adam Carrillo, keyboardist Alex Wignall, and drummer (and wife) Arianna Fanning.

Some taste of the variety of influences that MacDougall picked up along the road to Nashville is evident from the outset, as Fanning’s hip-hop beats undergird the guitarist’s serrated, John Scofield-inspired riffs, which inspire ferocious, tightrope-walking solos from the leader and Coffin alike. “Heritage” gains its name from its buoyant outro: the section calls to mind a Celtic jig, which reflects both MacDougall’s heritage and the folk music of his native Nova Scotia, while his guitar tone evokes that of a sitar, referencing Fanning’s Indian ancestry. The song thus became an accidental marriage of cultures
echoing the couple’s own harmonious nuptials.

“Modern/Miscellaneous” has a streamlined contemporary jazz feel, its title a tongue-in-cheek reference to MacDougall’s playful name for so many modernity-seeking student jazz compositions. It’s followed by the shimmering, airy ballad “We’re Both at Fault,” originally inspired by a Schumann motif. MacDougall then looks back to some of his earliest influences with “A Year That Never Happened,” which marries the Travis finger-picking style of Chet Atkins with melancholy reverberations reminiscent of Kurt Cobain. “Melancholy Lullabye” follows with an electric blues howl out of the Jeff Beck playbook, and the boisterous title track ends the album with an angular piece of modern-day bebop with a New Orleans accent.

Boy Goes To City is too accomplished and confident an album to really conjure the sense of wide-eyed naiveté that the age-old story might suggest, but it does mark the presence of a young, open-minded new voice in the metropolis of jazz. There’s no telling what the future will hold now that he’s arrived.



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Boy Goes To City

New record!
I was proud to be a part of guitarist Matt McDougall's Kickstarter campaign for his new record "Boy Goes To City." I gave it many thorough listens both with and without headphones. I liked a lot about Matt's new release! On all of the tracks, I loved the beautiful "singing" of the guitar throughout, but a few track sections stood out for me that impressed me:
Track 1: the drum intro
Track 2: the rock and blues edge
Track 3: the beat and guitar lick intro
Track 4: the guitar ending (this was probably my favorite track)
Track 5: the bass
Track 6: the tempo and syncopation - this could be a jazz trio for me - one that I could listen to all night
This is a great cd - and a great listen!