John McLean

Primary Instrument: Guitar

John McLean

Jazz guitarist John McLean's 25 year career has included work as a performer; composer; arranger; producer;bandleader,and educator.

Since completing studies at The Berklee College of Music (B.M.) and the University of Miami (M.M.), Mclean has toured throughout the world performing and recording in a wide variety of musical contexts. He has appeared and recorded with such artists as Kurt Elling; Mose Allison; Dave Douglas; Dr. Lonnie Smith; Patricia Barber; Randy Brecker; Adam Nussbaum; Arthur Blythe, and many more.

John's latest recording, “Better Angels” features his exciting septet in a program of original music and innovative arrangements of jazz classics. The project reflects McLean's increasing interest in combining jazz improvisation with more elaborate compositional structures and fresh instrumental settings....
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“No jazz musician in Chicago can more quickly electrify a tune or galvanize an audience...” Chicago Reader
As a Leader

Better Angels
Origin Records
1 Better Angels 6:11
2 Ready for the War 7:37
3 Place Talk 5:51
4 Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me 6:49
5 Three Arcs Complete This Circle 5:50
6 Blackbird 5:07
7 Airmail Special 8:44
8 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 7:19

John McLean, guitars; Jim Gailloreto, saxophones; Grazyna Auguscik, vocals; Zach Brock, violin; Karl Montzka, organ; Larry Kohut, bass; Eric Montzka, drums;

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