changes in the wind
Accurate AC-5057, release date: January 13, 2009
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.
In 2003, he moved to the Big Island of Hawaii, but he has been returning to his old home for gigs and recording sessions. 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.
The 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.
The original compositions, written by four of the participants, may remind you of the moment in jazz when the elegiac melodicism and unlimited horizons of Coltrane re-entered the mainstream, reinvigorating the way that musicians approached song forms and chord progressions.