This wonderfully expressive session from pianist John Mackay is evidence that the future of the Jazz piano trio is secure. Mackay is a thoughtful, introspective colorist who carefully paces his improvisations to logical and peaceful resolutions. There's nothing bombastic about this musical aesthetic. . . . a suite of highly cohesive solos, each bearing a marked focal point or climax. A singing, orchestral approach to the piano is favored throughout, and the leader wisely recognizes the value of simplicity in melodic development.
James D. Armstrong Jr. Jazz Now Magazine
Very few jazz composers in the latter part of the 20th century created a body of work that could be considered jazz standards, as a continuation of the jazz standards repertoire begun by composers like Ellington, Gershwin, Porter and others from that era, leading up to the 1960's through individuals like Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane and Horace Sliver, among others. But Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock (especially Wayne) accomplished that feat. Most likely, not a moment goes by on any given day when one of these men's pieces is not being played somewhere by somebody.
So in thanks to these two inspired musicians who helped, in their own unique and respective ways to further the jazz repertoire and guide jazz music into the 21st century, I express my appreciation through my own interpretations of a few of their many compositions.
Improvisations on 9 of J.S. Bach's preludes in a jazz trio format. John's unique approach to playing Bach has been described as exhilarating, exciting and deeply moving.
A Day In Dante's Abyss
Art work by Ellen Johansen and M G Walker
The artists' collaborative work can be viewed at www.mgdwalker.com
Award-winning composer, John Mackay’s tasty writing and ‘hip’ organ playing through this intriguingly-groovy recording will have you on the edge of your seat!….extremely enjoyable recording from an incredible talent!
Duncan Clark, Pittsburgh, PA
PATTERNS, CIRCLES AND SHAPES
A first-class contemporary jazz recording of original compositions with tinges of Weather Report, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, etc..
CAUGHT IN A CELTIC DREAM
My long-time love of Celtic music finally pushed me into making this album.
Seven of the nine songs are originals while the other two are old standards--"Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron", an old English folk song, and "Red is the Rose", a traditional, popular Irish ballad.
Art work by Ellen Johansen.
Fractal Blue is an eclectic, exhilarating collection of original compositions by John Mackay. The music encompasses many influences from the worlds of jazz (traditional and contemporary), rock, latin, chant and more, without ever sacrificing the sophisticated lyricism that pervades Mackay's music. Vocals are used sparingly but effectively.
Twenty-Four Forays Into Classijazz
Here are the first 12 forays. There are 24 in all, which you will receive when you
purchase the album. I call them forays for want of a better word. They are forays into the joint world of jazz and classical fusion. As you might guess the '24'
represents the 24 fundamental major and minor keys. The work is dedicated to my
favorite musician, J.S. Bach, and hopefully represents something of his spirit,
energy and creativity.