McAll is partial to unleashing surprises himself, whether they be radical dynamic shifts –
such as suddenly reducing a solo to the merest trickle of notes against thrumming bass
and whispered cymbal chatter – or just finding bewitchingly unexpected turns to take in
developing a melody. Masterful.
-SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
Barney McAll is a musical conjurer of the highest order
There was a virtual absence of familiar bop riffs, extended bop harmonies or precise
bop rhythms. Instead, Rosenwinkel’s pieces offered turbulent, thickly textured waves of
sound, mostly produced by Barney McAll’s impassioned keyboard work.
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
Barney is a special piano player with that certain heart and touch, so he has great possibilities.
He’s a genuine musician, not just a skilled artist. There’s a certain touch that I’m talking about.
It’s hard to explain, but he has that
Using space and simplicity, Barney McAll conjures mighty music.
-ALL ABOUT JAZZ
McAll manages to intelligently integrate pop elements into his music and deserves
much wider attention.
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
McAll displays an immediate feel for each pattern and the stamina to sustain them
without sounding automatic. McAll also contributed some of the most successful solos,
playfully blending his parts of the arrangements with bleeding voicings and darting accents
-THE BOSTON GLOBE
McAll’s) ability to craft memorable themes is matched by a feel for the atmospheric…
Now established on the intensely competitive New York jazz scene, he plays here with
some of the city’s leading musicians.His music is utterly contemporary, McAll demonstrating
throughout that he is a talented composer as well as gifted keyboardist
-ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
The revelation of the evening is pianist Barney McAll. Playing beneath the liquid passages
of (Dewey) Redman, McAll carefully kneaded clusters of notes from his hands that I found
devastating. He explored ideas with a dramatic flourish that had the audience in raptures.