Ray MacCarty is one of the most versatile of contemporary jazz guitarists. He grew up musically in San Jose, California in the decades of the 1960s and 1970s. "Mood Swing" is a CD that will find its way into the hearts of jazz listeners in different ways. The pianist Robert Skiles shows off his stuff on the piano very well indeed on "Verbena Way," and reminds the listener of a young Dave Brubeck! On "The Light," Brad Evilsizer gives a fine performance on drums with John Mills on sax and flute. "Coming Home Baby," has Ray MacCarty on guitar backed with Kyle Brock on Bass and Kevin Conway on drums -- this song will grow on you with its subtle harmonics, and I listened to it five times and got a different electrifying feeling each time it played! On "Tidal Wave," Ray MacCarty leads, as he does on all selections, backed with Chris Maresh on bass, Riley Osborne on Wurlitzer.
Other selections include "Mister Magic," Herbie Hancock's classic jazz composition excellently performed by MacCarty, "Watermelon Man," "What's Up With That?" a composition by Ray MacCarty, "Always There," and "Heads Up." It will be nice to see what Ray MacCarty creates next in his future CD work! MacCarty has style, sensitivity, class, and a brilliant feel for both blues and jazz, and everything in-between. "Mood Swing" is that perfect kind of CD which you can take with you anywhere, play anywhere, and have an enjoyable listening experience throughout the entire CD! A perfect performance by a perfect guitarist of the 1990s. Give it a listen, and enjoy!