Bassist Brian McCree has been a pillar of the Boston music scene for decades, performing with Bobby Hebb,
Alan Dawson, Jackie Byard, Pharoah Sanders, Rashied Ali, Ricky Ford, Joe
Bonner, John Hicks, Ronnie Burrage, Peter Laroca Sims, Jimmy Owens,
Dave Liebman, Clifton Anderson, Nancy Dussault, Makanda Ken McKintyre, Alvin
Batiste and Warren Smith.
2003, he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, but he has been returning to his
old home for gigs and recordingsessions. Changes
in the Wind is his first album as a leader, and features McCree’s favorite
partners playing a set of
originals and a couple of standards.
music is swinging, deep and soulful.
McCree has paid his dues on a thousand bandstands and his playing
features no frills or affectations. With
a commanding tone and time feel, he anchors and propels the band, and when his
turn to solo arrives, plays all the good notes.
original compositions, written by four of the participants, may remind you of
the moment in jazz when the elegiac melodicism and unlimited horizons of
re-entered the mainstream, reinvigorating the way that
musicians approached song forms and chord progressions.
in the Wind features a legendary Boston-based talent, vocalist Ron Murphy. Blessed with a bass voice somewhere between
Billy Eckstine and Barry White, Murphy sings the blues, gospel and jazz with
fire and power, and is here featured on the very familiar Nature Boy along with
his original, Cookie. Murphy truly
deserves to be heard and recognized beyond the Boston area.
Washington contributes tenor saxophone, flute and oboe. His distinctive, warm tenor sax sound is
complemented by his use of oboe in place of the more conventional soprano sax,
adding a haunting, Eastern sound to two tracks.
Washington is a bandleader in his own right, including Love in Exile
(Accurate 5028), and has sidemanned with Pharoah Sanders, Kenny Garrett, Reggie
Workman, Rashied Ali, David Murray, Charles Tolliver and many others. Washington has also recently published
Clawing at the Limits of Cool: Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the Greatest Jazz
Collaboration Ever, with co-author Farah Jasmine Griffin.
trombonist Bill Lowe has performed with legends like Dizzy Gillespie, Eartha
Kitt, Clark Terry, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Cecil Taylor,
George Russell and Bill Barron. He has co-led the Boston Jazz Repertory
the Bill Lowe/Phillipe Cretien Quintet and JUBA, co-produced
Boston’s annual John
Coltrane Memorial Concert, and composed several major works,
including the opera Reb’s Last Funeral, an ongoing interdiscinplinary
project Signifyin’ Natives, and the music/theater piece Crossing John at
the Crossroads. Lowe has taught at
several major universities, lectured throughout the world from Cuba to Paris,
and mentored countless young musicians.
Joel Larue Smith has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Toledo
Symphony, the French National Orchestra, Mario Bauza, Kenny Burrell, Junior
Cook and Wayne Andre. Smith has been the
Director of Big Band & Jazz Studies at
Tufts University since 1996.
Peter Moutis has appeared with Jerry Bergonzi, Ira Sullivan, Bill
Dobbins, Bob Cooper, Cab Calloway, and many others.