McCarthy and crew turn the heat up once again demonstrating quite well why Afro Bop Alliance continues to be a moving force in jazz and Angel Eyes, is another reason why.
McCarthy's work is superlative every moment of Angel Eyes.
The “Bop” in the band’s name can be best described as hard bop in the Jazz Messengers vein- forthright and hard-hitting with a certain swagger…. McCarthy and company delight in the music and are emotionally invested in each note and beat.
Groove is at the heart of the Afro Bop Alliance’s debut release...Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers-inspired septet keep one foot solidly in the straight ahead jazz camp with their scintillating improvisations and tight three horn frontline.
Indeed, groove is at the heart of this potent Afro Bop Alliance release, the groups debut on the ZOHO label. While providing exciting Latin-tinged grooves that are tailor-made for dancers, the members of this Washington, DC-based, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers-inspired octet keep one foot solidly in the straight ahead jazz camp with their scintillating improvisations and tight three-horn frontline on Angel Eyes.