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Rhodes Ahead by Marc Cary

Marc Cary continues to build a name for himself as an innovator, keyboardist, composer and has pulled himself quickly out of sideman status with notables such as Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter and Arthur Taylor, and brought himself to the forefront of the new fusion/acid jazz movement.

Reminiscent of a Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock, the 32-year old Cary fully explores and exploits the many tonal faces of his primary instrument, the Fender Rhodes, and combines mellow yet powerful grooves with searing Moog zooms and strikes against a backdrop of breakbeat style programmed drums. Bassist Tarus Mateen lays down thick bass grooves to fill out the soundscapes that Cary creates with virtually every color of the Rhodes/Moog palette.

Futuristic soundscapes are somewhat unusual for Cary's typical sound and setup; the young keyboardist very often is nostalgic in his use of sounds, grooves and moods, but this is not to understate his trademark ability to spin things into the new millennium while borrowing from classic funk fusion fare.

A change from his recent "Indigenous Peoples (Captured Live In Brazil)" and "Trillium" CDs (which capture Cary in his more familiar groove trio setting) , Rhodes Ahead is an ingenious usage of a virtually limitless spectrum of sounds, but more importantly shows another side of Marc Cary; the experimental side that doesn't mind laying down some incredibly hip breakbeats to compliment the new precedent he has set for electric keyboardists.

This is a highly recommended artist and CD. Check out "Indigenous Peoples", and "Trillium".

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Marc Cary
  • CD Title: Rhodes Ahead
  • Genre: Acid Jazz
  • Year Released: 2000
  • Record Label: Jazzateria
  • Musicians: Marc Cary (Rhodes, keys, programming, Mini Moog, Rogue Moog), Tarus Mateen (electric bass), With: Dana Murray (programming), Shariff Simmons (Vocals), Yarbrough Charles Laws (flute, drum programming)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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