|If you think you know John McNeil from his other albums, as we say in Brooklyn, fuggeddaboutit!
This is really new! Another "OmniTone breakthrough" album where a top-notch artist kicks it up a notch to "adventurous and listenable!"
Recorded in Barcelona with the Spanish new music's up-and-comers, tenorman/composer Gorka Benitez (sort of Spain's Tony Malaby) and bassist Giulia Valle, This Way Out features eight McNeil originals including five written specially for the date, inspired by and infused with Flamenco, "West African reggae," hypnotic odd meters (19/8!), and trumpet synthesizer effects done entirely acoustically.
Filled with passion, adventure, great blowing, and McNeil's trademarked off-beat dry humor, there there's even one tune best described as "Chet and Gerry on acid" and another, replete with berimbau, called "Dewey Defeats Truman."
Listen to the first tune, and you'll be hooked!