Marc McDonald: Hero Worship


Hero Worship


Marc McDonald (alto sax)


It Doesn't End Here (No End in Sight Records NEIS-1016)

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Marc McDonald (alto sax),

Jim Ridl (piano), Steve Cardenas (guitar), Karl Spicer (bass), Gene Lewin (drums)


Composed by Marc McDonald


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY 2007


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Alto saxophonist Marc McDonald, who in his 40s is releasing his debut album, bows in gracefully with the song "Hero Worship." McDonald plays with a sparse yet lyrical and full-bodied delivery. He is accompanied by Ben Allison's versatile guitarist, Steve Cardenas, who plays in perfect synchronicity with McDonald on the duet lines stating the melody. McDonald's solo turn has the confident air of a veteran player. The tune has a staccato feel, and the rhythm section keeps the flow going despite changing time signatures. Cardenas's creative energies are well utilized through the tune's twists and turns, and Lewin takes a nice break on drums before returning to the closing chorus. All in all, a fragrant first flowering from the late-blooming McDonald.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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