Reviews for “Clarinet Swing” (2011)
George Fendel, Jazz Society Of Oregon
“McBrearty’s unforced, dreamy, liquid clarinet is pure delight. It’ll make you glad that he returned to the music he always loved.” Thank you so much, George. Hopefully I’ll make it to Oregon one day to play some tunes. Original review, hi-res image.
Ian Mann, The Jazz Mann
Ian gave the album a long and very thoughtful review, and had great things to say : “an unpretentious and highly enjoyable album with some excellent playing from all three musicians involved. For what is presumably a self released recording it also has a very good, clear sound ... dips into a variety of jazz genres while retaining an essential New Orleans sound and although the style is rather less modern than my usual listening I was pleasantly surprised at just how much I enjoyed this album.” Review at Ian’s site, or hi-res image here.
Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene
Scott is a prolific and respected reviewer. I appreciated his compimentary comments on our work and my clarinet style in May 2012 : “... this intimate session ... tasty and easy to enjoy ... recommended set.” The original review is no longer online, but his site is here.
John Book, This Is Book’s Music
“... if you love your jazz to swing or simply love music played sharply, pick this up.” - thank you, John Book!
“These fresh, vibrant, melodic tracks are ultimately inspired and friendly ... This talented man must surely be on the right path this time around. You can tell by the playing on these recordings that this man loves what he does.” Thank you, what a well-considered review. It seems you understand what I am about. Original review, hi-res image.
Brent Black, Critical Jazz
Chris Spector, Midwest Records
Chris says : “A Welshman living in Belgium visits Nawlins, falls in love with old jazz all over again, goes home, calls a couple of pals and they knock out a set of mellow whorehouse jazz that would be right at home in a Woody Allen pic from the first time around.” OK Chris, you got it (grin). (link to original) (hi-res image).
Tim Taylor at “Audiophile Audition”
Sitting in with Branford Marsalis Quartet in 2004, in Belgium, along with Jef Neve and Robin Verheyen. (Picture courtesy of De Morgen.)
I have always felt that I was exceptionally lucky to have grown up when and where I did, and to have received a good basic musical education as an ordinary part of my schooling. In particular, Jofre Swales was instrumental (forgive the pun) in encouraging and supporting my early efforts. This is a letter that I wrote to the Western Telegraph, our local paper back home, in 1994.
A very long time ago, with the help of many friends, I recorded four original tunes, playing alto sax and other instruments on them myself. Here are reviews of those recordings, from magazines The Mix and Home and Studio Recording, and the West Wales Guardian.