Ran’s Reflections: Marc Cary
Ran’s thoughts on Marc Cary’s August 29 tribute to his late mentor Abbey Lincoln at Scullers in Boston:
I had admired Marc’s recent CD For the Love of Abbey (Motema, 2013) but my response, although enthusiastic, was rather mild. Not so his live performance. It was quite spectacular. He had incredible rhythmical drive, common sense of melody and exciting stage presence. There were moments that brought me practically to tears when he would phrase something that sounded as if Abbey was in the room.
There were several highlights. Marc opened with Abbey’s best known piece, “Throw It Away.” His performance of this standard was full of hypnotic energy and beat. He also reinterpreted “Another World” and then brought the audience to a hush in an incredible performance of “Down Here Below.” The concert closed with “The Music is the Magic.” Then Marc received an ovation and did an original piece by request.
It’s important to acknowledge the faith that the club’s Fred Taylor, Alexandra Yabrov, Annmarie Blythe and their associates have for Abbey’s music. For more than 15 years Abbey and her trio (which included Marc and the drummer Jaz Sawyer) were the yearly event at Scullers.
This solo show provided not only an incredible amount of energy for the beginning of the Boston concert season, but also rekindled rich memories of the club’s past and highlighted Lincoln’s influence on the music of tomorrow.