The Ballad of Future Joe

 

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“Guitarist Kevin MacKenzie is joined by two other Scottish jazz luminaries, double-bassist Mario Caribé and drummer Alyn Cosker, and you’d be hard-pressed to assemble a better matched and more mutually empathetic trio” : The Scotsman


“Scotland’s Kevin MacKenzie, a contemporary styled jazz guitarist of international class, is one of a select group of guitarists who, with authority and lyricism, have absorbed the legacy of players such as Abercrombie, Metheny and Scofield to develop an attractive, warm and very fluent personal style. It’s a style based on a mix of interesting melodic lines, subtle contemporary chord voicing’s and all executed with a fine sense of form, rhythm and dynamics”. Bebop Spoken Here


“As a writer MacKenzie gives his colleagues a wealth of interesting material to work with and his colleagues respond well with some excellent playing throughout. Guitar fans, and particularly Pat Metheny’s many followers, will find much to enjoy here – I was reminded of Metheny’s landmark début, “Bright Size Life”, on more than one occasion.” The Jazz Mann



“This is an absorbing set, that for this listener, is a winner not just for the ballads, but for quality of writing across the album as entirety. Not a duff track on a CD that is most highly recommended. “JazzViews