“Mary Ann McSweeney reveals herself to be a talented bassist and bandleader, a resourceful composer, and an imaginative arranger. The musicians on the album are outstanding. Opting for the unusual frontline of trombone and saxophone, McSweeney enlists Mike Fahn and Donny McCaslin respectively. Fahn plays both valve and slide trombones, and McCaslin switches between tenor and soprano, giving McSweeney additional colors to work with. Henry Hey, a budding master, provides wonderful orchestral viewpoints at the piano. Tim Horner, at the drums, serves as McSweeney’s partner in rhythm, and percussionist Joe Mowatt appears on three tracks.”
David R. Adler, All Music Guide
Chosen to perform at the Monterey Jazz Festival at age 16, the young bassist appeared with the All Star Big Band fronted by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.
“I had not seen Mary Ann for a few years and was pleasantly surprised to hear her playing so great on her new CD”
“Wow! It’s wonderful! The whole band is taking care of business.”