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Igrejinha (Little Church) – Focus Trio and Friends

COSMIC INDIGENOUS

Igrejinha or “Little Church“ is possibly one of the most important jazz compositions of all time. Made famous by Miles Davis, it appeared on the 1971 Columbia album “Live-Evil”. Little Church was one of two compositions on the album that were written by Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pasqoal, who had been playing in the Miles band. The tracks were originally mis-credited to Miles, alongside “Not Even a Maybe” and “Selim”.

Marc met Hermeto for the first time in 1992 in Rome, when he was on tour with Roy Hargrove. They were staying in a hotel, not far from the Collosseum. Hermeto’s band was also staying in the same hotel as Marc, Roy and the band. Marc bumped into him in the lobby and was briefly introduced. A few hours later, Hermeto’s manager, who remembered Marc from the lobby, called Marc’s room to ask if Hermeto would be able to play on his keyboards. Being constantly in the zone, he needed the keyboards not for a gig, but so he could remain deep in his creative zone in the hotel. Marc was carrying around a battery powered Yamaha keyboard from hotel room to hotel room on the tour for the same reason. Hermeto came to Marc’s room and hung out for hours to play. During that time, Marc and Hermeto talked about his experience with Miles. Marc, who was obsessed with Little Church, and got a rare first hand opportunity to talk directly to Hermeto about the track. He ended up recording the song directly into Marc’s keyboard and Marc carried that keyboard around for the remainder of the tour, having to ensure the batteries didn’t die, so he didn’t lose what Hermeto had recorded that day.

The version on Cosmic Indigenous is a new celebration of Hermeto’s legacy.


credits

Marc Cary (synthesizers and keyboards)
Igmar Thomas (trumpet)
Tarus Mateen (bass)
Burniss Earl Travis II (bass)
Sameer Gupta (drums)

Cary’s Club Free Track of the Month – Sound Portals

The third installment of the Cary’s Club Free track of the month is here, http://bit.ly/soundportals!

This month’s track is “Sound Portals”. Each one of the musicians on this track was handpicked because of mutual musical understanding. Everyone on this track is dedicated to the elevation of the groove. I played with Aurelian Budynek (guitar) in Cindy Blackman’s Another Lifetime band, and Arun Ramamurthy and Sameer Gupta in multiple groups. It also features long term collaborators Ron Sutton and Daniel Moreno and Igmar Thomas.

The song is based on a North India Raga, Puriya Dhanashri. My mission was to harmonize a normally unharmonized musical form in an attempt to participate in the North Indian classical tradition. In order to incorporate the Western keyboards, I used the synth as my vocal because of its ability to bend notes. Also, the root rhythm is based from the Go Go bounce beat from DC.

Many thanks to the blogs that have been supporting the Cary’s Club Free track of the month,The Art of Cool Project and NextBop, by posting to their blogs and spreading the word about the free download. You can have a listen and download the track below. Sharing music is a beautiful thing, so enjoy and share away!

Marc Cary Focus Trio & Friends presents Cary’s Club Free Track of the month:

Credits:
Marc Cary (synthesizers and keyboards)
Aurelien Budynek (guitar)
Burniss Travis (bass)
Ron Sutton (sax)
Sameer Gupta (drums and tabla)
Arun Ramamurthy – (violin)
Daniel Moreno – (percussion)
Igmar Thomas (trumpet)

The 62nd Downbeat International Critics Poll

I am very pleased to be considered and chosen as a “rising star” in the keyboard category in Downbeat Magazine’s annual International Critics Poll. I realize this work never stops and it’s nice to be seen by those who write about the legends and new comers. I am celebrating my 20th anniversary as a recording artist in 2015, so it is all relative. Below is a preview of the article along with a link to the latest Focus Trio album “Four Directions”. Be sure to pick up a copy when it hits newsstands in August 2014.

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CARYOUT PRODUCTIONS MIXTAPE COMING SOON…

I am working on a new compilation brought to you by CARYOUT PRODUCTIONS, it will feature unreleased music from my production catalog. Soon come! My Bandcamp is also featuring a monthly free track giveaway. We’ve already got three free downloads up along with the rest of the Marc Cary catalogue. This past week, we have been shown lots of love from several other blog sites who posted links for the free downloads, The Art of Cool Project, Nextbop, and Revive Music. So stay tuned because we’ve got lots more music for all you audiophiles out there. There are some links to get you all started below, including May and June’s free downloads… Just in case you missed them.

Visit the Caryout Productions Bandcamp page for free downloads and much more. You can keep up with everything Marc Cary on Facebook and Tour Dates.

Marc Cary Focus Trio & Friends presents Cary’s Club Free Track of the month:

Listen to the new GOGOPOLO mixtape

My roots are in the go-go dance halls of D.C., but from there I’ve found myself exploring Indian classical, electronic music, and extensions of straight-ahead and avant-garde jazz. It’s all here in the mixtapes I’ve been working out under the name GOGOPOLO. That’s a nickname that comes from what my mentor Arthur Taylor used to call me: He said I had a searching mind, so he used to refer to me as “Polo.”

In this music, I’m mixing that exploratory sense with my foundations in go-go. Check out one of these mixtapes in full for free below. And spread it around!