Pianist and composer Earl MacDonald recently released a very special album of original music entitled "Mirror of the Mind". I've been taking on-line composition lessons with Earl lately and his insight into music and the compositional/improvisational process is pretty deep. MacDonald is a professor at University of Connecticut and at one time served as musical director with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau. He's also a Canadian (originally from Winnipeg) and is a graduate of McGill University (as am I) so I feel somewhat of a kinship with him even though we are relatively separated by space and time!
You can find out more about Earl's music at his website www.earlmacdonald.com and through his great blog www.everupandonward.blogspot.ca
Here's a great sample of Earl's unique music:
Earl was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about his career and music:
1) What can you tell us about your musical background?
This album demonstrates Michael Cain’s pure genius. Unfortunately his other albums haven’t impressed me on the same level.
This CD is actually 2 albums released together: Brass My Soul & Tribute. Playing this disc takes me to my happy place; refraining from dancing or snapping my fingers becomes impossible. I can’t think of an arrangement that swings harder than “Blue Daniel”. Pure joy --- and from that grumpy old bastard. I love the trombone solis on this track, and then finally going to a waltz at the end is so incredibly effective. I have such great memories of my times with Rob and wish he were still around.
You can purchase a copy of Earl MacDonald's "Mirror of the Mind" at: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/earlmacdonald3