The Blind Watchmaker states in no uncertain terms where jazz has been, and reveals a glimpse of where it is headed. Brazilian, European & African styles mix with swing, funk & electronics to create a fresh new sound on the scene. MARS 4-Tet creates exceptionally beautiful melodies, combined with pockets of fierce groove. Their original compositions and re-imaginations of classics penned by Thelonious Monk, Keith Jarrett and even Led Zeppelin cover a vast musical landscape with humor, and an abundance of polished style.
Water Music - Hoboken, NJ
Alan Blackman The Coastal Suite
Long form jazz suite by Alan Blackman,
A soundtrack to a 24 hour tidal cycle.
Made possible by Chamber Music America and The Doris Duke Foundation
Alan Blackman - Piano
Max Murray - Bass Frank Russo - Drums
Donny McCaslin - Sax Rogerio Boccato - Percussion
Recorded Aug 2009
at Bennett Studios - Englewood, NJ
Released July 2010
BLACKMAN MURRAY RUSSO Turning Point
Alan Blackman - Piano Max Murray - Bass Frank Russo - Drums
Featuring Donny McCaslin
and special guest Margret Grebowicz
Caribbean Jazz Project - Afro Bop Alliance Featuring Dave Samuels
Winner of the 2008 9th Annual Latin Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album!
Nominated "Best Latin Jazz Album" for the 2009 51st Annual Grammy Awards
Reeds -Luis Hernandez, Steve Williams, Andy Axelrad, Vince Norman, Rob Holmes. Trumpets - Chris Walker, Nick Cooper, Tim Stanley, Greg Reese
Trombones - Dan Drew, Jim McFalls, Ben Patterson, Mark Morgan Rhythm Section - Dave Samuels, Vibes, Marimba,
Harry Appelman, JJ Wright (Pno), Joe McCarthy(D&Perc),
Max Murray (B), Roberto Quintero (Congas, Bongos, Maacas)
Released March 2008
Concord / Heads Up International
Released June 2007
The Vince Norman/Joe McCarthy Big Band Words Cannot Express
9 original compositions by Vince Norman,
featuring the members of AfroBop Alliance at the core of this blazing hot big band!
Reeds - Vince Norman, Steve Williams, Andy Axelrad, Tedd Baker, Ben Bokor, Fred Wolfe Trumpets - Paul Stevens, Paul Armstrong, Nick Cooper, Tim Stanley, Greg Reese Trombones - Ben Patterson, Chris Buckholz, Jeff Martin, Major Bailey Rhythm Section - Harry Appelman, Vince Norman(Pno),
Gary Malvaso, Geoff Reecer (G), Joe McCarthy(D&Perc), Max Murray (B)
Afro Bop Alliance Camino Nuevo
Drums, Timbale, Guiro, Cajon, Chekere, Palmas
Felix Contreras, Congas, Bongo, Chekere
Luis Hernandez, Tenor Sax
Max Murray, Basses
Tim Stanley, Trumpet
Harry Appelman, Piano
Dan Drew, Trombone
* * * * With Special Guests * * * *
Paula McCarthy, Violin
Suzanne Orban, Cello
Dave Samuels, Vibes & Marimba
Poncho Sanchez, Congas
Recorded Summer 2005
Released, January 2007
Released, November 2014
Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet with Richie Cole Vocal Madness
Ginny Carr, Robert McBride, Holly Shockey & Andre Enceneat
Fifteen very personal original compostions, which reflect on Ginny's musical and personal life. They range from straight ahead swing, to syrupy-sweet torch ballad, to Steely Dan-esque pop, to dirty blues. Ginny's nod to being influenced by composers, lyricists, and vocalists of the Great American Songbook and Broadway.
Ginny Carr -Vocals & piano. Max Murray - basses. Frank Russo - drums.
Paul Pieper - guitars. Chris Rose - percussion. Chuck Redd - vibes. Chris Vadala - saxes. Robert McBride, Roger Reynolds, Holly Bingham (AKA Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet) - background vocals
"Remember Who You Are" From Suede'sOn the Day We Met appears on "Being Out Rocks," a compilation of 21 GLBT/GLBT friendly artists. Released by the Human Rights Campaign, proceeds from this CD benefit the work of HRC
Released Oct 11, 2002
Superb Big Band arrangements.
Excellent hard swingin' performance.
Don't miss this one, it's a classic!
Rob Vuono Orchestra Love is a Swingin' Thing
Featuring Sue Matthews & John Fisher
Classic "B" Movie by Bernard McWilliams and John McGinley about two lounge lizard brothers who try to buy back the nightclub that was stolen from their mother years earlier. Full of corny antics and intentionally cheezy music. Not only does Max play on the soundtrack, he even appears on screen as part of a nightclub band!
S t a r r i n g
John C McGinley (Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Point Break, etc...)
Gina Gershon (Pretty In Pink, Red Heat, Cocktail, Showgirls, "Sinatra", etc...)
Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, Naked In New York, Beavis and Butt-head Do America, Deconstructing Harry, etc...)
And the uncredited band:
Byron McWilliams - Drums, Vocals, Composer, Arranger Joe Yanovitch - Guitars Max Murray - Bass Rhoades Whitehill - Trombone, arranger Gary Wolfe - Trumpet Bob Scholl - Sax & clarinet
Out of print. Might be found in eclectic video stores & sometimes eBay