Karly Epp: voice
David Smith: trumpet
Kris Allen: saxophones
Alex Gertner: french horn (5)
Sean Nelson: trombone (5, 8)
Earl MacDonald: piano
Karl Kohut: bass
Rogerio Boccato: percussion
Outside in Music proudly announces the release of Consecrated, the seventh studio album from acclaimed jazz pianist, arranger and educator, Earl MacDonald.
Consecrated is an album of traditional hymns, brimming with poetic elegance. Unlike any of MacDonald’s previous award-winning recordings, vocals stand front-and-center, with Canadian up-and-comer Karly Epp introduced as an important, new collaborator. Her stirring vocal interpretations mixed with MacDonald’s thoughtfully-crafted instrumental underpinnings convey a wide spectrum of sentiments, ranging from reverence and gratitude to petition, pleading and lament.
Consecrated is a deeply spiritual, personal album for MacDonald, and therefore, a deeply refreshing one for the jazz listener. In both his musical artistry and in life, MacDonald clearly searches for beauty and a connection to the Divine, while comfortably exploring dissonance – both cognitive and musical.
“…a major force in the world of jazz composition”
Dan Bilawsky – All About Jazz
Release Date: Friday, September 24th 2021 on Outside In Music