Prolific jazz giant Doug MacDonald and the L.A. All-Star Octet – OVERTONES: There are three words that best describe jazz guitarist Doug’s work… “prolific jazz giant”… before I move on to the new album, get familiar with Doug’s stellar playing first…
If you dug that as much as I did, you’ll want to make sure you SUBSCRIBE to Doug’s YouTube channel, where you can watch many more of his ultra-cool performances.
The stars Doug brings along with him are Kim Richmond saxophone; tenor Rickey Woodard; trombonist Ira Nepus and trumpeter Aaron Janik; pianist Bill Cunliffe, bassist Chuck Berghofer and drummer Roy McCurdy, and you’ll realize their uniqueness as you listen to “Blues by Eight”, a 5:32 gem that will be getting HUGE airplay on jazz stations ’round the globe, I predict!
An ultra-cool bass and drum intro to the 5:08 “Ground Up” made the tune an instant hit here in my Zzaj listening studio… I’m sure it’ll be a “come back to” song for you as well.
Doug’s guitar genius is totally evident on the high-energy opener, “Night by Night”… it only took a couple of bars for me to know that the song would be my choice for personal favorite of the eight exciting tunes he offers up!
Doug and his All-Stars get a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98 for this jammin’ jazz excursion. Get more information on Doug’s website as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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