Marc McDonald: It Doesn't End Here
It Doesn't End Here
Marc McDonald (alto sax)
It Doesn't End Here (No End In Sight Records NEIS 1016)
Marc McDonald (alto sax),
Jim Ridl (piano), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Karl Spicer (bass), Gene Lewin (drums).
Composed by Marc McDonald.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
When I receive a new CD for review, I usually listen to the entire disc to choose what I think would be the best representative cut to write about. I use my own criteria for this. More often than not I choose a tune that in some way sets itself apart from the others. This is the contrarian in me, though I do think this gives listeners a better idea of the scope of the music. Other times I just select the best performance. This album was an exception. I listened to the first tune only. It was clear to me that "It Doesn't End Here" deserved my immediate attention. It is a wonderful composition played beautifully. I didn't have to hear anything else to judge how good McDonald and his crew were.
After years in the business, saxophonist Marc McDonald now offers his debut album as a leader. His playing style is in the more powerful undertows of the mainstream, influenced a bit by outside cultures and a bop sensibility. For the title cut, McDonald wrote a simple melody. Sometimes simple is best. It is catchy from the start. Particularly effective is Steve Cardenas's guitar. His tone has a hint of Pat Metheny, though his lines are less esoteric. Saxophonist, guitarist and pianist take solo turns, each making the most of a melody that offers much. Even the best compositions need proper follow-through. When given riches you still need to know what to do with them lest they be squandered. This is music I would stay for the second set for. And the third… It is my guess it doesn't end here.
Reviewer's Note: I will listen to the rest of the album. I have already started in fact. It continues to be good.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky