Marc Cary is back with the release of “Spices and Mystics” from his forthcoming album Rhodes Ahead Vol 2slated to drop on March 17 via Motéma MusicRhodes Ahead Vol. 2 is Cary’s follow-up to his seminal 1999 release, Rhodes Ahead Vol. 1. Cary’s newest album also marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the pianist’s first recording, Cary On. He has also enjoyed a long career as a sideman having backed up notable artists like Abbey LincolnDizzy GillespieJackie McLeanStefon HarrisMeshell NdegeocelloErykah BaduQ-TipLauryn Hill, and more.

Audio Premiere: Marc Cary - "Astral Flight 17"

Photo by Becca Meek

Joining Cary on “Spices and Mystics” are Revive Big Band leader Igmar Thomas (trumpet), Arun Ramamurthy (violin), Aurelian Budynek (guitar), Tarus Mateen (bass), and  Terreon Gully (drum). As per the album’s title, “Spices and Mystics” showcases Cary’s forward-thinking playing with the Fender Rhodes front and center. While the album title might be an homage to the beloved Rhodes, listeners are treated to a wall of sound from the collective sextet. The result between Cary, Thomas, Ramamurthy, Budynek, Mateen, and Gully sounds like In A Silent Way sessions era Miles meets Mahavishnu with an added swagger of a modern day back beat courtesy of Gully.

“‘Spices and Mystics’ is a journey to another land starting with the flight,” Cary explains. “We landed in a place that deceptively turned into an adventure through ancient and present dimensions. The sonic bed for this journey is an Indian Raga, “Puriya Dhanashree.” Terreon Gully provides an incredible approach to the rhythmic structure adding to the drive of Tarus Mateen’s bass, and gives us room to tell a story! His attention to detail and space is what drives the grooves and rhythmic cadences on this recording.”

Scroll down to listen to the premiere of  Marc Cary’s “Spices and Mystics.” Pre-order your copy of Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2 via iTunes.

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