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Gary McFarland

Primary Instrument: Vibraphone

Born: October 23, 1933 | Died: November 3, 1971    

Gary McFarland

Gary McFarland was one of the more significant contributors to orchestral jazz during the 1960s. He had an unfortunately short career. But he was surprisingly productive in the brief decade he was captured on record (1960-70). An “adult prodigy,” as Gene Lees once noted, McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music revealed shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity.

While in the army, he became interested in jazz and attempted to play trumpet, trombone and piano. In 1955 he took up playing the vibes. Displaying a quick ability for interesting writing, he obtained a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music. He spent one semester there in 1959 and with the encouragement of pianist John Lewis, concentrated on large-band arrangements of his own compositions....
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Source: Doug Payne

  • Latin Lounge

    Double Moon Records
    1998
  • Butterscotch Rum

    Double Moon Records
    1971
  • Today

    Double Moon Records
    1970
  • America The Beautiful

    Double Moon Records
    1969
  • Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon?

    Double Moon Records
    1968
  • Soft Samba Strings

    Double Moon Records
    1967
  • Simpatico

    Double Moon Records
    1966
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