GARY MCFARLAND

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Largely forgotten now, Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the early '60s. An "adult prodigy," as Gene Lees accurately noted, McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music could reveal shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity. While in the Army, he became interested in jazz and attempted to play trumpet, trombone, and piano. In 1955, he took up playing the vibes. Displaying a quick ability for interesting writing, he obtained a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music. He spent one semester there and with the encouragement of pianist John Lewis, concentrated on large-band arrangements of his own compositions. He attained early notoriety and success working with Gerry Mulligan, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Stan Getz, Bob Brookmeyer, and Anita O'Day. McFarland began devoting more attention to his own career by 1963 when he released what is often regarded as his most read more...
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In Sound / Soft SambaIn Sound / Soft Samba
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Universal Japan 2008
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GARY MCFARLAND The Jazz Version - How To Succed In Business Without Really Trying album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Jazz Version - How To Succed In Business Without Really Trying
Progressive Big Band 1962
GARY MCFARLAND Point of Departure album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Point of Departure
Exotica 1963
GARY MCFARLAND Soft Samba (aka Sympathetic Vibrations) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soft Samba (aka Sympathetic Vibrations)
Exotica 1964
GARY MCFARLAND Gary McFarland & Co. / Clark Terry ‎: Tijuana Jazz (aka Tijuana - Happy Jazz For Fun) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gary McFarland & Co. / Clark Terry ‎: Tijuana Jazz (aka Tijuana - Happy Jazz For Fun)
Post Bop 1965
GARY MCFARLAND The In Sound album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The In Sound
Exotica 1966
GARY MCFARLAND Soft Samba Strings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soft Samba Strings
Exotica 1967
GARY MCFARLAND Scorpio and other Signs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Scorpio and other Signs
Exotica 1968
GARY MCFARLAND Does the Sun Really Shine on the Moon? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Does the Sun Really Shine on the Moon?
Exotica 1968
GARY MCFARLAND America the Beautiful - An Account of Its Disappearance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
America the Beautiful - An Account of Its Disappearance
Progressive Big Band 1969
GARY MCFARLAND Today album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Today
Exotica 1970

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GARY MCFARLAND The Gary McFarland Orchestra - Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
The Gary McFarland Orchestra - Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans
Progressive Big Band 1963
GARY MCFARLAND Profiles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Profiles
Exotica 1966

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GARY MCFARLAND Requiem For Gary McFarland album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Requiem For Gary McFarland
Exotica 1972
GARY MCFARLAND Latin Lounge album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Latin Lounge
Exotica 1998
GARY MCFARLAND The In Sound & Soft Samba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The In Sound & Soft Samba
Exotica 2018

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This Is Gary McFarland
Latin Jazz 2014

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GARY MCFARLAND The Gary McFarland Orchestra - Special Guest Soloist: Bill Evans

Live album · 1963 · Progressive Big Band
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I'm going to have to admit that the only reason why I listened to this album, as well as how I discovered it was because of Bill Evans. Before this I had no idea what the Gary McFarland Orchestra was. My impression before listening was that this was something around the lines of "Bill Evans with the Gary McFarland Orchestra" rather than "The Gary McFarland Orchestra with Bill Evans". The latter is the most accurate.

I suppose as a result I was slightly disappointed, as I was expecting an "Arbour Zena" or "Sketches of Spain" style of music. This is none of those. It features the members of the orchestra just as much as, if not more, than Bill Evans himself. But that's not necessarily a bad thing as long as your expectations are in the right place.

Being in JMA's "Progressive Big Band" category, this is a unique style of music. The term "Orchestra" can be rather deceptive. Within the Gary McFarland Orchestra are two bowed stringed instruments (viola and cello), two wind instruments (flute and clarinet), guitar, bass, drums, and Gary McFarland himself vibraphone. Although I tend to enjoy vibraphone solos, this album kind of overuses the vibes in situations when I would be preferring to hear a nice instrumental with the other instruments. I actually find myself wishing the vibes would stay out of the way at times.

Dispite all I've said, this album does have its good moments here and there. Many of the instrumentals sound nice and creative and can evoke mental images of serene landscapes (particularly "Night Images"). Bill Evans sounds good as usual (at least when he is featured), and the vibraphone solos aren't necessarily poor.

So, I would say this is no "Arbour Zena" or "Sketches of Spain", but it is certainly worth a listen for anybody who is interested in hearing something different than the usual.

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