Home New York Report Saxophonist, Composer, and Arranger Brian McCarthy releases AFTER/LIFE (TRR Collective)

Saxophonist, Composer, and Arranger Brian McCarthy releases AFTER/LIFE (TRR Collective)

Saxophonist, composer, and arranger BRIAN MCCARTHY draws inspiration from the history of jazz while maintaining a modern awareness. His latest nonet album, AFTER|LIFE, was awarded four stars by The Times (London) critic Chris Pearson. Pearson says, “Imagine John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme driven by science rather than spirituality…While Coltrane praised God, McCarthy muses musically on death and rebirth in a cyclical cosmos and how we are all linked, down to a molecular level.”
His debut nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, earned 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Brian Zimmerman called the work “a jazz album that makes a cavernous impression for its arresting beauty and conceptual brilliance.” Selmer-Paris saxophones and D’Addario Woodwinds endorse McCarthy. He has released two albums featuring his small group. Also, he recently introduced The Brian McCarthy Jazz Orchestra, which showcases new arrangements for guest artists. McCarthy is a two-time grant awardee from The Vermont Community Foundation (2016 & 2018) and The Vermont Arts Council (2015 & 2020).
Offstage, Brian has laid down roots in presenting and education as an Affiliate Artist of Saxophone at the University of Vermont and adjunct Director of Bands at Saint Michael’s College. In addition to his college involvement, Brian is active with students at the middle and high school level as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor with the Nassau County All-County Festival, Green Mountain District Music Festival, Pennsylvania All-State Music Festival, and Vermont All-State Music Festival. In 2011, Brian also established Jazz at St. Michael’s College, a concert and educational series featuring artists such as Mulgrew Miller, Joe Locke, Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band, and The Dave Liebman Big Band.
McCarthy’s most recent release, AFTER/LIFE (TRR Collective), is a beautifully arranged and orchestrated meditation on life compelled more by science than spirituality. McCarthy writes, “The cyclical nature of the universe, the possibility that it will eventually collapse and then explode into a reborn reality – and the distinct possibility that this has already happened, perhaps many times – was enthralling enough to fuel an hour’s worth of adventurous, stargazing music that traces the life cycle of the solar system.”
Adventurous and thought-provoking indeed! For maximum effect, listen to the recording in sequence from start to finish. McCarthy takes listeners on a memorable musical journey.
Brian McCarthy – alto & soprano saxophones 
Bill Mobley – trumpet, flugelhorn 
Daniel Ian Smith – tenor saxophone 
Stantawn Kendrick – tenor saxophone 
Cameron MacManus – trombone 
Andrew Gutauskas – baritone saxophone 
Matt Aronoff – bass 
Justin Kauflin – piano 
Jared Schonig – drums 
All compositions & arrangements by Brian McCarthy 
Produced by Linda Little 
Recorded at Guilford Sound, Guilford Vermont (USA) on April 1-3, 2022 
Recorded & mixed by Fernando Lodeiro 
Engineering Assistant, Matt Hall 
Mastering by Oscar Zambrano 
Album design & layout by Summer Drexel 
Album design inspired by NASA’s James Webb imagery (Southern Ring Nebula) 
Photo by Ashton J. Harrewyn 
Released on Truth Revolutions Recording Collective


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