Pete McCann is undoubtedly one of the most respected and industrious electric guitarists on the New York and international scene - a popular sideman in innumerable jazz and jazz/rock line-ups over the past 25 years, as well as a recording artist in his own right with five solo albums released to date.
McCann's prowess has led him to perform with many of the jazz greats, including Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz, and Brian Blade, and the breadth of his experience - incorporating jazz, rock, Latin, fusion and contemporary classical - has prompted his appearance on over 80 album recordings. Working with the likes of Patti Austin, Grace Kelly and Curtis Stigers, as well as the Mahavishnu Project, he has progressively forged an enviable reputation for both exactitude and exhilarating musicality, influenced by seminal guitarists including Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Allan Holdsworth and Mike Stern.
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This is the fifth album as leader by NYC-based guitarist Pete McCann and demonstrates just what heights the jazz guitar is capable of reaching when placed in the hands of an expert who understands the meaning of balance and finesse.
- Roger Farbey, All About Jazz
Not an album to pigeonhole, it's an album for today but with many different facets: Gentle ethereal sounds; hard postbop and some wild jazz rock blasts.
- Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here
Living up to its title, Range makes a compelling case for McCann's manifold abilities, as a crack improviser, a noteworthy composer and a magnanimous bandleader.
- Troy Collins, All About Jazz
It's a cool effect switching from cerebral, passive engagement to supercharged emotional connectivity.
- Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm
Willing to teach
McCann received his Bachelors of Music from the University of North Texas in 1989. He also studied at the prestigious Banff School of the Arts in 1988. Pete is an adjunct faculty guitar teacher at The New School and City College in New York City. He also teaches at the NYU Summer Guitar Intensive, and the Maine Jazz Camp.
McCann has done several clinics at major universities in the United States, Europe and Canada. One of Pete's favorite clinics uses concepts from "The Lexicon of Symmetric Scales and Tonal Patterns" by Dr