Our first review of the album from WUMR FM 92 has arrived. Feature CD of the WeekFeature CD Of The Week: The Maguire Twins' "Seeking Higher Ground" For Release: January 28, 2018 Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 1/28/2018
The Feature CD of the Week is a Memphis project, by way of Hong Kong. The album is titled Seeking Higher Ground and it is by Carl Shutaro Maguire (on drums) and Alan Shutaro Maguire (on bass). This second project by The Maguire Twins has been long awaited. They came into the jazz world by way of the Stax Academy, University of Memphis, and U.T. Knoxville, which they are three of the best music programs in Tennessee. Their first CD, The Sound Of Music, was received with great fanfare on its release, and it featured artists like Kirk Whalum and Donald Brown among other stellar artists. The new project is another strong display of skill and innovation. As with the first album, Producer Donald Brown and Executive Producer Yukiko Maguire (mom and manager of the guys) have enlisted the talents of another crew of major players: Bill Mobley on trumpet, Gregory Tardy on sax, and Aaron Goldberg on piano, with Donald Brown playing a Fender Rhodes on one track. All but one of the tunes on the disk are originals, penned by all the artists individually. It is truly a straight ahead jazz jewel that will be a very entertaining Feature CD.