The remastered repackaged rerelease of the legendary McGann Quartet’s 1987 sessions is now available. This album, the second of two 80s vinyls on the fine EMANEM label, has long been out of circulation and its rerelease on CD helps to fill out the picture of a great original artist who, until recently, has only been thinly recorded.
The McGann legend didn’t start or stop here but this was a major point along the way. The fruit of thirty years of hard work and his distinctive creative energy are clearly evident. Equally evident is his ability to spark off respected collaborators: John Pochée, the high-energy colourist who plays on all McGann’s recordings, Jonathan Zwartz, who has emerged as one of our finest bassists, and master bop pianist Bobby Gebert, who, with McGann, wrote the material.
New liner notes by John Clare give a sense of the excitement and artistry of McGann and his bands in performance at that time while the original liner notes by Martin Davidson indicate the compelling quality of the music which led him to release the 80s albums.
US critics said then, ‘McGann’s men shout and feel it with taste and a great deal of swing...I hope they sell well enough to enable us to hear a lot more of Bernie McGann. More please.’
Rufus Records is pleased to answer that call by recording new material and, also, through its reissue program, ensure that classic Australian jazz like Kindred Spirits is available to a new audience.
released August 30, 1999
Bernie McGann alto saxophone
Bobby Gebert piano
Jonathan Zwartz acoustic bass
John Pochée drums
Stereo studio recording by Eric Vandersande at Emerald City Studios, Sydney 16 June (Track 1) and 6 July 1987
Produced by Martin Davidson
Re-mastered for CD by Wayne Baptist at Sony Studios, Huntingwood
Painting ‘Two Men at Bar’ by Dave Brewer 1996
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