Joe McCarthy’s ascent as one of today’s strongest practitioners of Nuyorican Afro-Latin jazz continues with the irrepressible Upwards.
John Murph
...exciting and highly complex...Hats off to McCarthy and his Afro Bop Alliance Big Band for further proving that jazz will never be stymied as it encompasses numerous cultures in democratic fashion.
James Rozzi
Latin Jazz Network
It’s no wonder that this is why, with its eight gleaming gems of music, Upwards ends up sounding as the best album that Mr McCarthy and The Afro Bop Alliance have recorded so far.”
Raul Da Gama
While there are many big bands on the scene, there none quite like this. That the band can move quickly from angular, intervallic runs to lush, pensive moments is a testament to the virtuosity of its performers and the artistic suppleness of its leader.
Kabir Sehgal
This music has so many layers and so much complexity, yet so melodic as well. It really is a joy to behold.
John Neudorf
Congratulations to Joe and his band mates for creatively pushing Latin big band jazz forward in exciting new directions!
Rich DeRosa
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Release Date : September 10, 2019
Artist : Afro Bop Alliance Big Band
Label : Zoho Music
Catalog ref. : 9654654

Upwards is leader Joe McCarthy’s second release on ZOHO after the Afro Bop Alliance Big Band’s critically acclaimed 2014 release ‘Angel Eyes’.