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““Examples include ‘Afterthought’, the opening track on Jackson, and ‘Sphereology’, on which spare, economic work by Mackay maintains the ‘vibes song’ feel. But just when you’re enjoying the application of vibes as a rhythmic, structural component, Mackay steps out and rips, the title track on Jackson being a shining example of the vibes soloist unleashed. — John D’Agostino, host of Johnny D’s Jazz Journal on KSDS-FM/Jazz88.3 in San Diego, CA, and former music columnist for the Los Angeles Times”
"What especially comes across in every track of this recording is the uplifting spirit and positive energy that Thomas and the band members bring to the table." Ed Saindon (World acclaimed vibist/ Educator, Berklee College of Music)
“Music is a conversation”
" Thomas is truly one of the most gifted vibes players in the Pacific Northwest area"
" For Thomas Mackay one thing stands between him and his beloved vibraphone: Gluten."
" Thomas owes an obvious debt to the great Bobby Hutcherson. With a clear tone, strong chops and good ideas he is also reminiscent of modern vibes masters Bryan Carrott and Joe Locke.A fine debut from a fellow Oregonian." -
"Jackson" is the newest release of The Mackay Project. On this CD you will find some wonderful grooves, beautiful ballads, and new compositions by Thomas Mackay. You will enjoy this CD for its variety of music and great playing.
"There's an active jazz scene in the Rogue Valley," Mackay says. "Jazz buffs should know that they can come out and listen to music on a regular basis. Myself, I like seeing a line of horn players waiting to get on stage and play. I want everyone out on Tuesday nights listening to the Jazz Collective at Howiee's."