Marc Cary
Focus Trio Live 2009

RELEASE DATE

April 13, 2010

TRACK LISTING

1. Round Midnight (Live)
2. Attachment (Live)
3. Twilight (Live)
4. Runnin' Out of Time (Live)
5. Slow Blues for MLK (Live)
6. KC_Bismillah Khan (Live)
7. Minor March (Live)
8. My Love Is You (Live)
9. Just in Time (Live)
10. In Between Appointments (Live)
11. CD Changer (Live)

RELEASE INFORMATION

Marc Cary debuted as a leader in 1995 with Cary On. His electronica odyssey Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1 won him the first annual Billboard/BET Best New Jazz Artist Award in 2000. With 2006's Focus, Cary debuted on the Motéma label, and the "Focus Trio" has endured as one of his main working units: Focus Trio Live 2009 and the digital release Live 2008 further revealed the trio's exploratory approach.

Motéma will offer Focus Trio 2013, featuring longtime Focus drummer Sameer Gupta as well as bassists Burniss Travis and Rashaan Carter. The trio's objective, as Cary stated in his first Focus liner note, is "to bring indigenous rhythms together with American jazz to create new palettes of sound."

Another vehicle in this quest is Cary's band Indigenous People, which mines the rich history of African diasporic music - from African folk melodies, Brazilian and Caribbean grooves to jazz, funk and go-go rhythms. The band documented its sound on the albums Captured Live in Brazil (1999), Unite (2001) and N.G.G.R. Please (2003). Cary has now rebilled the group as "Cosmic Indigenous" and has a forthcoming release in the works. Meanwhile, he continues to work as a producer and collaborator on countless projects.

Even when paring down to solo piano on For the Love of Abbey, Cary makes music of great orchestrational variety and depth. Still, he heeds the wisdom of Lincoln herself, who would often admonish him with the words: "It's a simple song." As Cary says, "With Abbey I had to play differently than I did. It changed my whole perspective. I learned how to deconstruct myself."

Asked for the single most valuable lesson he got from Abbey Lincoln, Cary responds: "Learning how to shed things you don't need, and claim what is yours.

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