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You can listen to and/or purchase LOVE IS HERE by clicking on the link below:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jmcconnell (CD format or digital downloads)
"As a debut CD collection, this is one of the finest to come along in a long time. It is refreshingly original in scope. It is entertaining and melodic. So get a copy and
settle back for some of the most lovely treatments of American standards you will hear this year, or any year. Highly recommended."
~Lee Prosser, jazzreview.com
I’d like to thank Sky Ladd and Kevin Green for lending their superb musical talents and time to this recording. You guys are the best!
Special thanks to Jim and Valerie Reeves for the boundless generosity they put into this project, as well as their unwavering friendship and belief in me, not just as a musician, but as a
And my deepest thanks to my soulmate and best friend, Bryan McConnell, whose patience, encouragement, time, skill, talent, example, insight and love made me believe in myself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Also, thanks to the wonderful staff at Studio West who made the recording process feel so easy and enjoyable. You guys are first class!
Final thanks goes to the countless many among my friends and family who have been so supportive of my musical endeavors. There is no one more fortunate than I to have each and every one of you in my life.
You can listen to and/or purchase LIVE AT THE ELKHORN SLOUGH YACHT CLUB by clicking on the link below:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/bmcconnell (CD format or digital downloads)
"This group’s minimal instrumentation is used to its advantage throughout the disc, in the spaces one can almost hear the Monterey Bay, boats in the harbor gently swaying in their berths and pelicans swooping into the water, returning to weathered pylons to eat their catch. In such a setting, the trio takes us in and transports us, story after story, tune after tune. These musicians are playing some delicately subtle, creative pieces crafted with nuance and the mastery that comes from over a century of collective experience.
The music---the product far greater than the sum of it’s parts---represents three individuals of like mind and purpose, who on a given day got together and performed to the delight of an appreciative audience. Luckily, they had the foresight to record this so we, along with ensuing generations, can enjoy it. You should be listening to this music!"
~Bruce Forman, guitarist/author
I began my journey into music production years ago for the love the song; the songs that spoke to me, resonating deeply within experiences both imagined and real. When you take a song in so deeply and so passionately as to live and breathe it, it truly becomes your own to share with the world.
That is what Bryan McConnell, our “First Artist in Residence,” has done here with Dottie Dodgion, and Jackie Coon; a trio living, breathing, and playing together as one lyrical and musical life force. That is simpatico at its best. This is their gift. I listen, and I love it!
~Brian Gingerich, CD Producer, CEO Monterey Mattress Marquee
-To my brother Mark, who taught me to relax and let the music play me---love you, Bro!
-To Christine & Bill McConnell for their support and encouragement, to date.
-To Jackie and Dottie---you are both my heroes!
-To Brian Gingerich, Doris Stockpole,--without your assistance and belief in me, this project would not have become a reality.