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About Barney Mcall
b. Melbourne, Australia. In his childhood, McAll was exposed to all forms of jazz. His father was a traditional jazz lover, while elder brother John introduced him to more recent and contemporary artists such as Bud Powell and Bill Evans. McAll played in the Melbourne jazz scene in the mid-80s and in 1986 was chosen as pianist for Vince Jones. He was featured on the subsequent Jones albums, It All Ends Up In Tears (1987) and Trustworthy Little Sweethearts (1988). In 1989 McAll worked with American alto saxophonist Vincent Herring, who encouraged him to write more original compositions. A year later McAll won the inaugural AMP Jazz Piano Award at the Wangaratta Festival Of Jazz and he spent the prize money travelling to New York, USA, to study and perform. In 1992 he rejoined the Vince Jones group as pianist and musical director.
After touring Europe a year later, McAll shared the APRA award for Best Jazz Composition Of The Year with Jones for their work on Future Girl. In late 1994, he toured with saxophonist Dewey Redman and in early 1995, with drummer Cindy Blackman. The same year McAll released his debut, Exit. It featured the best of Australias young jazz musicians and visiting Americans including Herring and Jimmy Cobb and contained seven originals played with impressive swing and vitality. Barney McAll is a versatile performer with a striving, melodic style and his debut album heralded the arrival of a mature, creative talent.
- Melbourne, Victoria, Australia