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New CD, "Sixty" to be released in February, 2017.
January 20th, 2017.
The final touches and edits are being made to the 10 original songs, in what is a new direction for Bob McCarroll. While still a dedicated jazz player and song writer, Bob's new CD (Sixty) takes him on a retrospective journey of discovery of the Americana / Singer Songwriter music genre - one he's truly loved throughout his music life.
Song list: 1. Passion & Fury 2. Catch Me I'm Falling 3. Dear Mother 4. Love is Something 5. Cry 6. Lonely & Blue
7. Look at the Way She Walks 8. Me and My Dog 9. You Say 10. Song to my Father
While still in the final editing stages, the new CD is expected to ship by the end of February, 2017.
Finally Friday features Bob McCarroll in Tempe
The following text is an excerpt from a Mesa Performing Arts Examiner review/article by Jennifer Haaland, published March 23rd, 2014.
"...And at the cohesive center was Bob. His gentle jazz improvisations and Sinatra-like love songs enfolded the crowd into his element. "When it's my performing and recording, I don't really worry about making money. I just write it to get it out," he almost apologized, characterizing the motive behind his music..." (Read More...)
Read the entire review article at the Examiner.com
An instant classic! (Five Stars)
One listen to "These Few Moments" by Bob McCarroll and it's as if you've found a lost treasure trove of music and lyrics from the "Great American Songbook." With smooth vocals and classic jazz arrangements, thes new and original recordings transcend time.
by LIsa Liston | iTunes Review
Outstanding! (Five Stars)
Listening to These Few Moments is a relaxing journey through finely crafted and beautifully performed melodies. Bob McCarroll's delivery is warm, gentle and emotive. -A mix of nostalgic and bright jazzy tunes iwht sophisticated arrangements.
by Felice Chitarrista | iTunes Review
Love the lyrics! (Five Stars)
You can tell Bob is a really accomplished musician. His lyrics are so melodious…they are inspiring and unforgettable, the mark of a master. His singing is pitch perfect and wonderful to listen to. This album is a terrific addition to my current collection of his music.
by TrevorToni | iTunes Review
"...the tracks are perfectly well recorded, and Bob’s vocals emulate the very best of Bublé-style swing jazz vocals..."
CD REVIEW: Bob McCarroll - Now And Then
Publication: Sound On Sound Magazine
Reviewer: Sarah Bowden - 06/07/2012
"Bob McCarroll’s album is the dream ticket for anyone running a restaurant in a well-populated tourist area. His swing jazz sound is literally so ‘nice’ I don’t think it could rock the boat any more than a mouse might if it were stowed away on the QE2. While the tracks are perfectly well recorded, and Bob’s vocals emulate the very best of Bublé-style swing jazz vocals, there just isn’t the energy that I’d like to hear in an album like this to take it to the next level. At times, I felt as if it had been recorded so quietly that at any moment you might hear the producer turning the page of a newspaper as he waited for the session to end.
Overall, the best moments on the record are when Bob puts the standards to one side and sings his own tracks, as it’s here that you feel a different level of enthusiasm in the performance. Maybe this is because he actually feels a sense of achievement when he sings them, who knows? Either way, I really hope the next album has even more of his own music, as I would hate to see him stuck in the lift-music rut that this genre of music so often falls into."
Sarah Bowden | Sound On Sound Magazine
"A sparkly cocktail of listening pleasure."
says Muse's Muse of Bob's latest CD, "Now & Then."
CD REVIEW: Bob McCarroll - Now And Then
Publication: Muse's Muse
Reviewer: Dan Cohen - 04/13/2012 - 01:56 PM EDT
One thing about Bob McCarroll-- the man's got taste. First tune off Now and Then, his sweet and tuneful new album is the gem 'Out of Nowhere', a gorgeous, classic, but somewhat less well known tune by Johnny Green with lyrics by Ed Heyman, (the same team behind Body and Soul- tough competition!). He's not a great singer, but a very musical one, and acquits himself admirably on the number before a stand-out version of Just You, Just Me, one of those songs that you may not recognize by title but if I hummed a few bars, you'd go 'oh yeah...' It's kind of the ultimate sophisticated 20s song, and McCarroll sings it with just the right urbane touch.
That's followed seamlessly by 'Oh Dear, Poor Little You', an original tune in the style of the others but with the requisite insouciance and attitude to make it work. So often when people write originals in this vein they're carbon copies of some familiar tune, with a lyric that just lays there. Here McCarroll wraps a rather vengeful lyric around a breezy, tossed off, interestingly meandering melody. What starts as an apparently breezy tribute to an ex (you got so high/nearly touched the sky/baby you were quite the star) soon reveals a darker side in the chorus (oh dear, what will you do/look how you've fallen/poor little you) and delivering the coup de grace at the end of the bridge (you've got no one to blame but yourself) before launching into a light-hearted set of solos. Kick em while they're down, Bob!
Who Cares is another original, but in an entirely other vein-- a lovely duet with the talented Jodi Light, a ballad, deeply sincere, with a beautiful, slowly unfolding arrangement featuring the gorgeous guitar work of Paul Lucas. It's hard to pull off a tune that's this slow, and it's just beautiful all around. The presence of Jodi seems to raise Bob's vocal game a bit. The playing is stellar throughout, as a matter of fact, with lovely sensitive playing from rhythm section of Dwight Kilian on Bass and Dom Moio on drums. Arrangements (by either McCarroll alone or with the help of Jerry Donato) are lovely and unfussy, with Armand Boatman's piano and Matt William's vibes offering particularly sweet, casually elegant support.
I get hundreds of records each year that are content to simply repeat the reliable tropes of the old chestnuts of the Great American Songbook. Nothing wrong with that. That's why they're classics. Now and Then does that, sure, but adds its own chestnuts to the mix. And what's more, Bob makes it look easy. And that, my friends, is not easy. Who knew Tempe, Arizona was a hotbed of cool jazz? Bravo to Bob and his crew on a sweet, unique, very playable record. Put it on at your next cocktail party, and watch the conversation sparkle. Just like Now and Then. A sparkly cocktail of listening pleasure.
Dan Cohen | Muse's Muse
Artist: Bob McCarroll
Album: NOW AND THEN
Sounds Like: Mel Torme, John Pizzarelli
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Who Cares, Just You Just Me
"Sound On Sound magazine says That Old Feeling,
...is an undeniably enjoyable listen..."
CD REVIEW: Bob McCarroll - That Old Feeling
Publication: Published in SOS November 2011
Reviewer: J G Harding
Bob McCarroll's CD, That Old Feeling, is a collection of jazz standards that he's rearranged and recorded. His style is quite lounge-like, and as I listened I imagined myself in the lobby of a hotel, on holiday and pretending to be rich.
Clarke Rigsby and Kyle Harris of Tempest studios in Arizona have done a great job of capturing the band, and the result is phenomenally natural and unobtrusive. Bob's vocal, in particular, sounds syrupy-smooth and warm, and I'd bet that one or more of Tempest's impressive array of ribbon mics was used during these sessions.
It's clearly a record made by highly experienced musicians who've honed their craft playing in bands over many a year. Jerry Donato's tenor sax, in particular, is great to listen to, but I feel bad picking someone out of a band that gels so well.
I wouldn't usually spontaneously choose to listen to this kind of music and, like many of my generation, I tend to turn to the 'usual suspects' when I want some jazz. Still, this is an undeniably enjoyable listen, if more than a little soporific due to the warmth and pace of the particular collection of tracks.
J G Harding | Sound On Sound Magazine