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Way Down in Brooklyn

by McCarron Brothers

An atmospheric blend of Scofield funk and Bitches Brew fusion influences, Frisell-ish country, Radiohead, and free jazz.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz-Funk
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2. Funky Wit' Yo Bad Self
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4. New Life
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6. No Plan at All
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7. A Fleeting Sense
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Album Notes
“These guys aren’t really related.” — Truffles the dog

What if the impossible happened and four journeymen musicians in New York City found the time to get together for two years, just to play, without having to pay for a rehearsal space or spend time learning songs for an upcoming gig? On Way Down in Brooklyn, Deep Tone Records’ latest release, saxophonist Paul Carlon, guitarist Mark McCarron, bassist Doug Largent, and drummer Russ Meissner come up with a searching, celebratory, and freewheeling answer. The project grew out of a regular series of jam sessions, started on McCarron’s initiative, in the Fall of 2006. The band name? It’s the shorthand Largent would write in his scheduler when a session at his Brooklyn apartment was coming up. The laid-back playing time gradually coalesced into a combination improvisation/composition workshop as Carlon and McCarron began to write originals specifically for this lineup. Cheerfully accompanied by Truffles, Largent’s foundling pit bull, the four wiled away the Brooklyn afternoons with no particular agenda other than playing and having a good time. Eventually, the time was right to document what they’d been doing. Recorded in a day in August 2008 at Soundworks in Astoria, the result is an atmospheric blend of Scofield funk and Bitches Brew fusion influences, Frisell-ish country, Radiohead, and free jazz.

The members of the McCarron Bros. have all put their time in with various projects and in a wide range of performing, recording, and teaching roles. All are players first and foremost, and their love of performing and of creating original music shines through on Way Down in Brooklyn.

Guitarist Mark McCarron’s earliest musical experiences were of playing with his family in New Brunswick, Canada. His Uncle Claude played fiddle in the Cape Breton/Prince Edward Island style, and three other uncles sang and played the guitar. One morning, after a family gathering, Mark picked up a guitar that had been left from the night before and tried to find things that sounded good to him. Soon after, he was included in the family jam sessions, learning mostly by watching his uncles play. At age sixteen, Mark was in a rock band that got wind of a gig playing for strippers in the Bill Lynch Shows, a traveling midway act that would make the rounds during the summer in communities in Eastern Canada. The band pooled their money and bought a used Cadillac and a tent trailer to sleep in. They showed up in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia and started playing for the strip show, finishing out an unforgettable summer as part of the circus family, and wowing their incredulous 11th grade classmates with stories of their adventures upon their return in the fall. Since then Mark has worked with such jazz notables as Ed Bickert and Don Thompson, organist Jack McDuff, and the Mingus Five Guitar Band. He also works as a sub regularly with various Broadway shows.

Drummer Russ Meissner is currently involved with several groups including the Sean Smith Quartet, Gowanus Reggae and Ska Society (G.R.A.S.S), the Jack Grace Band, and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Russ grew up in Toronto, Canada, began playing pillows at age three, and moved on to drums at around eleven. In the 8th grade he was accepted into the Claude Watson School for the Arts and began taking lessons from percussionist Dave Campion after being told he was a "drum banger" by his 8th grade band teacher. Since moving to NYC in 1996 he has performed with diverse artists in the jazz, country, and American roots genres including John Abercrombie, Bill Charlap, Norah Jones, Marian McPartland, Joe Wilder, Dick Hyman, and John Scofield.

Bassist Doug Largent has many recordings to his credit in styles spanning jazz, rock, zydeco, and funk. Doug performs regularly with The McCarron Brothers, J. Walter Hawkes, The Traditional Jazz Collective, Subtone, The Pre-War Ponies, and various other bands as a freelance bass player. Doug grew up playing piano and started playing the bass in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in Mathematical Sciences. Many of his recordings have appeared on television and in films. He lives in Brooklyn with wife Nancy, daughter Jessica, and their dog Truffles.

Paul Carlon grew up in rural central New York and started playing the saxophone in the 5th grade. The youngest of four, in the 4th grade Paul attempted to follow in the footsteps of his string-playing siblings by taking
cello lessons, but the instrument proved too ungainly to carry on the school bus, and having heard the sax on the radio he switched. From there his experience with music was a mixture of schooled and and self-taught. He attended Cornell University, completing a degree in English Literature while spending summers in Boston at the apartment of his older brother, studying with jazz master George Garzone. After moving to NYC in 1991 he became part of the early scene at underground jazz mecca Small’s, participating in many all-night jam sessions and learning from elders Tommy Turrentine, Frank Hewitt and Jimmy Lovelace. In the late 90’s Paul branched out into Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music, beginning a fascination with Latin styles that has carried through his most recent recordings with his Octet and Grupo los Santos, as well as his work with Rumbatap pioneer Max Pollak.



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