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Rod McGaha

Rod McGaha

Rod McGaha modestly calls himself a “student of the music,” a player who is even unsure about calling himself a jazz musician. But as a trumpeter, composer, lyricist, producer, and even vocalist, McGaha has no reason to doubt his credentials. Inspired and coached by Clark Terry, his first major influence, and now playing with legendary drummer Max Roach, McGaha is using his many past experiences to bring a fresh approach to the music he creates.

Exhibit A is his latest release on the Compass label, Preacherman, produced by Delfeayo Marsalis and featuring Chris Brown on drums, Roger Spencer on bass, and Lori Mechem on piano. It’s McGaha’s first release since his alternative hip-hop title, The Servant, and he takes an obvious liking to the traditional jazz quartet sound.

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