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Michael McNeill

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Pianist Michael McNeill has cultivated a personal style that has found a home in contexts both mainstream and avant-garde, from the ethereal chamber-jazz sounds of resAUnance, to the post-bop energy of Kelly Bucheger's What Would Mingus Do?, and in his own music for his trio with veteran improvisers Ken Filiano (bass) and Phil Haynes (drums) and for the Buffalo Jazz Octet. His two CDs with Filiano and Haynes have drawn praise from critics in the US and abroad, who note that the band plays “thoughtful... interactive music that is seriously playful” (StepTempest), “brimming with intelligence and passion” (AllAboutJazz.com), and that the trio “has much to offer not only to jazz or classical music, but music as a whole” (Music On The Run, Brazil).

Other projects and collaborations have included concerts with Dave Ballou, Juini Booth, Joe Ford, Drew Gress, Charlie Kohlhase, Paul Smoker, and David Taylor. McNeill served as pianist and arranger on vocalist Mari McNeil's 2014 release "Here Beneath The Blue" and can be heard as a sideperson on Kelly Bucheger's 2012 CD "House of Relics" as well as four albums by percussionist Ravi Padmanabha. "Migration", the debut CD from resAUnance, came out in May 2016 on FMR Records (England). Forthcoming recordings include a CD from the Buffalo Jazz Octet (due out by year's end) and an album of duets with drummer/composer John Bacon.

Also active in classical music, McNeill was a founding member of the Wooden Cities New Music Collective and the Buffalo Bach Project.
Additional Links:
Michael McNeill - www.michaelgraymcneill.com
Albums on Bandcamp - michaelmcneill.bandcamp.com
resAUnance, chamber-jazz quartet - www.resAUnance.com

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