Gypsy in My Soul
The Thrill Is Gone
Bold, bright and gutsy... JazzTimes
McGarry is a risk taker, and she's up to something fresh and new... Washington Post
A true stylist with a fresh perspective…dares to combine a reverence for the jazz form with a decidedly alternative approach... Billboard
A relative newcomer to New York, McGarry is gaining recognition on the jazz scene as an important talent and has quickly developed a devoted and rapidly expanding fan base. From Massachusetts, McGarry studied with Archie Shepp, the renowned avant-garde saxophonist and composer, while at university there and then headed to Los Angeles, where she began to experience much success in her career.
She wrote and performed songs for the films, "Caught" and "Boiling Point," in which she appeared on-screen. She also performed on soundtracks to IMAX films including, "The Living Sea" and "The Discoverers" and has been heard in commercials on HBO, CNN, Lifetime and other channels. Notable jazz players she has performed with include Clark Terry, Hank Jones and Fred Hersch. In 2002 the famed management company, ICM Artists, took note of McGarry's considerable accomplishments and added her to their roster of world-renowned talent.
Her label debut, Show Me, features some of New York's finest musicians including Palmetto label mate, bassist Scott Colley; drummer Kenny Wollesen; guitarist Steve Cardenas; saxophonist Bill McHenry; and the Los Angeles-based pianist, Karen Hammack, whom McGarry met during her time in Los Angeles. With the help of producer and co-arranger, Steven Santoro, McGarry presents a refreshing look at standards and displays her talent singing in the jazz, Brazilian and Celtic traditions.
The title tune opens the album in striking fashion, introducing McGarry's light yet complex voice backed by lush strings and Hammack's vibrant piano. As arranger and vocalist, McGarry renders the standard "Gypsy In My Soul" completely new, giving it a back beat and a soulful feel. Following is McGarry's enchanting arrangement and interpretation of "Moon and Sand," which harkens back to her Celtic family heritage and features Wollesen's sensitive drum work and McHenry's lilting horn. Next she pays homage to her straight ahead jazz roots with another standard, "The Thrill Is Gone," that spotlights a swinging rhythm section and Cardenas on guitar. On "Oceano," she showcases her feel for Brazilian rhythms and the Portuguese language, bringing the tune to a heartrending close. On the up-tempo samba, "Aqui O," she is aptly aided by the percussion skills of Refrosco. On "East of The Sun," she displays her scatting ability while Colley struts on bass. McGarry arranged the next two songs, the rarely heard ballad, "This Is Always," and Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town," both of which display the empathic skills of the ensemble. She closes the CD with "One Eye Laughs, One Eye Weeps," an ethereal composition co-written with the late Eric Von Essen.
Ultimately McGarry's sultry and sophisticated vocals reveal both a reverence for traditional jazz form and a flair for innovative styling. She makes Show Me a memorable collection of moods and music.