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Pete McCann

AFTER 20 YEARS ON THE NEWYORK JAZZ SCENE
developing his reputation as an in-demand sideman,
guitarist Pete McCann has come into his
own as a bandleader-composer and recording
artist. Part of a pack of creative young jazz guitarists
who emerged in the ’90s (including Ben
Monder, Dave Fiuczynski,…

AFTER 20 YEARS ON THE NEWYORK JAZZ SCENE
developing his reputation as an in-demand sideman,
guitarist Pete McCann has come into his
own as a bandleader-composer and recording
artist. Part of a pack of creative young jazz guitarists
who emerged in the ’90s (including Ben
Monder, Dave Fiuczynski, Adam Rogers, Kurt
Rosenwinkel, and David Gilmore), McCann
came up revering Jim Hall and Wes Montgomery
while also embracing electronics and
edgy dissonance—and he was not above stomping
on a distortion pedal and rocking out with
grunge tones. McCann could also swing authentically
in a bop-ish vein or adopt a delicate
ECM-ish, walking-on-eggshells aesthetic when
the music called for it. And though he has
always worn his main guitar influences on his
sleeve (John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Pat Metheny),
the Eau Claire, Wisconsin, native continues to
make strong personal statements with his
sophisticated harmonic sensibility, blistering
chops, and improvisation

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