Cary, Marc / Focus Trio / Four Directions
Album:Four Directions Collection:Jazz
Artist:Cary, Marc / Focus Trio Added:Oct 2013
Label:Motema Music 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2013-10-31 Pull Date:2014-01-02 Charts:Jazz
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Recent Airplay
1.Apr 08, 2023:Music Casserole
Todi Blues
4.Mar 31, 2017:Rebop
Open Baby
2.Nov 30, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
Open Baby
5.Nov 10, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
Open Baby
3.May 18, 2017:No Cover, No Minimum
6.Aug 05, 2016:Rebop
He Who Hops Around, Waltz Betty Waltz

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-10-28 
Motéma, 2013

MODERN JAZZ – This excellent date by pianist Marc Cary blends forceful acoustic trio work with unique fusion tracks that merge Indian rhythms and DC-area go-go funk. Cary jumps from piano to a range of electric keyboards, and Bay Area drummer Sameer Gupta is a perfect counterpart – his swift, agile rhythms really make this disc go.

Try any track… Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9

1. 8:48 – synths & tabla, settles into a steady jamming beat and just glides…
2. 5:27 – very unusual waltz in memory of Betty Carter, flies high and low
3. 7:05 – lopsided jabbing riff: great drums/bass support ecstatic piano flight
4. 6:51 – slow drone with fuzzy keyboards, picks up energy, soulful & deep
5. 5:40 – very odd meter keeps this streetwise strut on its toes
6. 5:54 – a ticking time bomb… upbeat but with rising tension & wildness
7. 7:15 – driving postbop theme; piano solo is all spirals & curls
8. 5:15 – updated Tony Williams & Lifetime: speedy light rhythm, great bass
9. 4:48 – lightly stomping groove, electro-acoustic riffing on top, a cool ride
10. 6:02 – drone ‘n’ drive: piano really digs in but tone stays very, very even

[ Fo ] - 28 October 2013

Track Listing
1.Todi Blues 6.Boom
2.Waltz Betty Waltz 7.Ready Or Not
3.He Who Hops Around 8.Spectrum
4.Open Baby 9.Indigenous
5.Tanktified 10.Outside My Window