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Resonance was recorded in New York and Los Angeles in May 2016, and will be released via Los Angeles-based music label Ghost Note Records on July 7. It features the three stellar musicians from my first record, Live at the Baked Potato: Evan Marien (bass), Gene Coye (drums) and Deen Anbar (guitar). Additionally, I'm thrilled that a couple guest musicians make appearances on the record: bass clarinet legend Bennie Maupin, and saxophone virtuoso Seamus Blake
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"At age 27, Isamu McGregor has established himself on a global scale as a highly sought-after pianist, keyboardist, musical director and arranger. Having toured the world over the last few years with an amazingly diverse group of artists (Richard Bona, Colbie Caillat, Virgil Donati, Sadao Watanabe), he has gradually been finding time between tours to work on his new album, Resonance, which will be released in May 2017 through LA-based Ghost Note Records. This will be his second album as a leader, following his 2012 debut Live at The Baked Potato, which received strong reviews from All About Jazz and other publications.
While McGregor's first album was dominated by an electric/fusion sound that many characterized as a unique mix of Weather Report, Headhunters and Wayne Krantz, Resonance finds McGregor returning to a more acoustic setting. "I've always loved playing acoustic piano, but I found that people knew me mainly as a keyboard player, due to the nature of my first album. And while I love keyboards and electronics, it wouldn't be difficult for me to admit that acoustic piano is still my first passion."
released July 7, 2017
The Dreamer. Evan Marien, Gene Coye
Relentless. Seamus Blake, Evan Marien, Gene Coye
Halfway There. Evan Marien, Gene Coye
Because (no credits, it's solo piano)
The Drifter. Bennie Maupin, Evan Marien, Gene Coye
Thor vs James Brown .Deen Anbar, Evan Marien, Gene Coye
The Tao of Flying. Evan Marien, Gene Coye
A much more open jazz session than earlier albums - Erskine's approach let's it happen. He drums like he's just tapping his fingers along to great music -- and sounds like the best drummer in the world, just so natural.
As ever, the rest of the band excel - all the music is gorgeous and skilfully executed by fantastic musicians, although sometimes a bit on the light side for my personal tastes. Still, lots to love.
Randroid so nearly made it to favourite.... Peter Jones
I heard rich from my subscription to scott’s bass lessons online. I was completely blown away by the musical and technical aspect of Rich’s playing. I have been playing bass for nearly twenty years and Rich is one of the reasons I started replaying bass. Melodic, musical, rhythmically, technical yet still feeling. One of the best Music I have heard recently. 5 stars jamie yugawa