When distilled into music, especially jazz, and more especially by this stereo innovation called Carl and Alan Maguire... it really is grace, and it brings with it both honor and welcome, and passion, and forward thinking -- and so much more! These are two very old souls.
Kirk Whalum, Grammy Winning Jazz Saxophonist
How can it be that 2 brothers can communicate via their music on such a high level?! It is uplifting to witness Carl and Alan Maguire move up the familial Jazz Ladder as they share their sounds with the world.
John Clayton, bassist, Composer, Arranger and Co-leader of a Brothers band
They are a 21-year-old young Japanese rhythm section, drummer and bassist. What I hear in this album is highly purified hard bop from America. What a great feeling!
Takashi Yamamoto, Jazz Perspective Editor in Chief, Disk Union Jazz Dept Chief, Japan
I sense their youthful sparkle, rich musicality, solid techniques and their broad flexibility towards music all over in these twelve heavy duty tracks. I feel that music is not merely a sound, it mirrors the player’s energy, emotion, personality and literary understanding. It is exciting to see how Carl and Alan will develop as musicians in the future. All the very best to their journey.
Keiko Matsui, Jazz Pianist & Composer
Carl and Alan's sophomore recording "Seeking Higher Ground" is a wonderful showcase of their continual growth as musicians. This was an enjoyable documentation to be a part of, and it forecasts the bright futures they have ahead of them.
Gregory Tardy, Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Jazz Educator
It's just AWESOME ! Perfect quality, inspired music & solos ! Compositions are great !
Manuel Rocheman, Jazz Pianist and Composer
Jazz is about being true to yourself when you play, and that's how I felt about Carl and Alan after our first performance in Hong Kong. I was inspired by their passions for jazz at such early age. This wonderful album with great tunes beautifully produced by their mentor the great Donald Brown, truly shows off their committed role as the rhythm section. I'm thrilled for their accomplishments and looking forward to what lies ahead for them as they journey through the world of jazz.
Ted Lo, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Producer
This is a treat for all those jazz aficionados who find themselves seeking proof of the foundation of the future of jazz. This music is sure to be considered a continuation of the tradition of jazz that still prospers, thrives, and grows stronger in the hands of this new generation of jazz artists.
Malvin Massey Jr., WMUR FM92 Memphis Radio General Manager
This album is fantastic! I can feel that Carl & Alan, two young artists full of talent, are evolving further with strong musicians such as Gregory Tardy, Aaron Goldberg and Bill Mobley.
Toyoshi Narita (Japan's No.1 Jazz Review Blogger)
Produced by Donald Brown
Carl Maguire (drums)
Alan Maguire (upright bass)
Aaron Goldberg (piano)
Gregory Tardy (sax)
(trumpet & flugelhorn except 5)
Donald Brown (Fender Rhodes 11)
1. Theodicy 6:08 by Gregory Tardy
2. Hibiscus 8:24 by Geoffrey Keezer
3. The Early Bird Gets The Short End of The Stick 6:08 by Donald Brown
4. Clarity 5:36 by Jon Hamar
5. Shed 6:00 by Aaron Goldberg
6. Song for Arjun 6:54 by Alan Shutaro Maguire
7. Witch 4:42 by Alan Shutaro Maguire
8. 49th St 5:19 by Bill Mobley
9. Mid Air 5:52 by Carl Seitaro Maguire & Ben Flint
10. Machi no Michi 6:16 by Carl Seitaro Maguire
11. An Island, A Piano, and Keith 6:45 by Donald Brown
12. Someday My Prince Will Come
6:50 by Frank Churchill,
Arranged by Alan Shutaro Maguire
Recorded by Pete Matthews at Music+Arts Studio, Memphis, TN on March 13 & 14, 2017
Mixed by Pete Matthews at High Low Studios, Memphis, TN in March & April, 2017
Mastered by Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NYC, NY in May, 2017