As I Am, As You Were
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As I wrote and performed these pieces over the last few years, I was often looking for inspiration in the natural world, my own personal relationships, and my thoughts on authenticity and identity. Within each of these influences, I found myself reflecting on the nature of change. As a result, these compositions naturally complement each other, communicating the feelings on change I’ve observed within myself and the world around me. I am very excited to share this music and display this chapter of my life.
The new record from Eric McGarry has a highly developed vision in both sound and composition. Each piece feels like a chapter in a novel that has something to say about the nature of change. There are great performances from everyone involved, which results in a cohesive - sounds like a real band - kind of consistency. Eric is a thoughtful player and composer who is not afraid to leave space. The arrangements are not rushed and allow for a kind of lyricism that is song-like, while still being rhythmically and harmonically sophisticated. Overall, this is a refreshing addition to the modern jazz library and I look forward to hearing this artist's future projects.
-Dave Allen (Guitarist & Composer)
When the opportunity came to help bring Eric McGarry’s beautiful music into a fully realized piece of magic, I couldn’t help but jump at the opportunity… Eric’s compositions, and the way he presents them, are beautiful snapshots of light and shade. They are lyrical. They are poetic. They are daring. They are the perfect avenue for Eric to allow his musical voice to sing. Mervin Toussaint, Micah Graves, Steven Perry, and Pete Dennis all support his vision in a mellifluent and democratic way, allowing their own voices to shine through at just the right moments. I’ve been a listener all my life; …It’s records like this that remind me to keep on listening.
-Ross Bellenoit (Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, & Composer)