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Consecrated is out, and the reviews are in!

Consecrated, an album of jazz hymn arrangements by pianist Earl MacDonald.

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Consecrated is a deeply spiritual, personal album for Earl, and therefore, an especially refreshing one for the jazz listener. It’s a recording of traditional hymns, brimming with poetic elegance. Karly Epp's stirring vocal interpretations mixed with MacDonald’s thoughtfully-crafted instrumental underpinnings convey a wide spectrum of sentiments, ranging from reverence and gratitude to petition, pleading and lament. Read more.

Earl MacDonald is a composer, arranger, pianist and educator specializing in jazz. Originally from Canada, the former musical director for Maynard Ferguson is now based in Connecticut, halfway between Boston and NYC. Here you can find out about Earl’s new music, performances, teaching, and latest projects. Visit Earl’s blog, download MP3s, buy CDs, read reviews, or take a free online lesson. Enjoy, browse leisurely and visit often.

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artist-in-residence programs • clinicscommissionscross-disciplinary collaborationsfestival adjudicationguest conducting of all-state and regional jazz ensembles • performances (with one of Earl's many bands) • soloist appearancesrecord productionsummer music camp instructionworkshops