This Is Gary McFarland

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“The release of ‘This Is Gary McFarland’ is a dynamic reintroduction to a pioneering artist that ought to convince record labels to reissue his music.”
Marc Myers, Wall Street Journal (November 3, 2014)

“I love it!”
—Bob Stanley, Saint Etienne; author of ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! The Story of Pop Music’

http://thisisgarymcfarland.com/Gary-McFarland_film

McFarland’s fascinating life of art and mystery is explored in This is Gary McFarland, a generous DVD/CD combination distributed by Light In The Attic Records, featuring the complete movie with a full album of Gary McFarland’s live music:

Trailer

1.) Intro by John Wilke
2.) Pecos Pete
3.) Morning of the Carnival
4.) A Hard Day’s Night
5.) I Thought About You
6.) La Vie En Rose
7.) Train Samba
8.) I Want to Hold Your Hand
9.) Unknown Latin Number
10.) From Russia With Love (bonus track, incomplete)

About the This Is Gary McFarland DVD/CD:

Featuring candid interviews with some of the world’s hippest musicians, the documentary This is Gary McFarland explores the life and times of self-taught musician, composer, and producer Gary McFarland. Writer-director-producer Kristian St. Clair takes us through an odyssey that, despite contributions and affiliations with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo, and Cal Tjader, is largely forgotten today.

McFarland’s fascinating life of art and mystery is explored in This is Gary McFarland, a generous DVD/CD combination, featuring the complete movie with a full album of Gary McFarland performing live in Seattle in 1965. The CD was originally broadcast on KING FM, and was remastered from the original tapes.

This new multi-media package is made available by Century 67 films working with the estimable Light In The Attic Records and Distribution for worldwide release November 4, 2014. It touches on much of McFarland’s work, including his unique, bold pop experiments, and the fire within that inspired him to produce over 30 albums for Verve, Impulse, Buddha, and his own label Skye Records between the years 1960 and 1971.

Through interviews with Gary McFarland’s family, friends, and colleagues, the DVD will introduce you to the personality of a magnificent talent who disappeared as bizarrely as he had lived and created. Rising through the ranks of the New York jazz studio scene, McFarland was a creatively restless spirit who was never satisfied to be pigeon-holed as just a jazz arranger/composer. When he began to explore pop music in earnest, his original jazz fans cried foul. Gaining confidence in the studio as a producer, his final two albums remain, perhaps, the last great undiscovered pop classics of that era.

Active for only a decade, McFarland died under mysterious circumstances at the 55 Bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village on November 2, 1971. Some believe he was the victim of a malicious prank, others a victim of his own demons. This is Gary McFarland takes on the case of his narrative, after exploring the glory of his music and his own wildly eclectic sensibilities before its imminent tragedy.

This is Gary McFarland features large and small group performances of McFarland’s music, as well as rare archival footage and unreleased music from the Verve Records vaults. Interviews include music greats Airto, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, Steve Kuhn, Grady Tate, Wendy and Bonnie, and Phil Woods.

After 40 years since he left us, please get ready to meet Gary McFarland. Director-producer Kristian St. Clair is available for interviews; please let us know if you need anything else to help you cover This Is Gary McFarland!

“A terrific, amazing, American treasure.”
—Robert Downey, Sr.

“A vibrant whirlwind that defines an era.”
—Seattle P.I.

“It is easily one of the best music documentaries of the year.”
—Jonathan Marlow, GreenCine.com

Featuring candid interviews with some of the world’s hippest musicians, the documentary This is Gary McFarland explores the life and times of self-taught musician, composer, and producer Gary McFarland. Writer-director-producer Kristian St. Clair takes us through an odyssey that, despite contributions and affiliations with such notables as Gerry Mulligan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Clark Terry, Gabor Szabo, and Cal Tjader, is largely forgotten today.

McFarland’s fascinating life of art and mystery is explored in This is Gary McFarland, a generous DVD/CD combination, featuring the complete movie with a full album of Gary McFarland performing live in Seattle in 1965. The CD was originally broadcast on KING FM, and was remastered from the original tapes. Here’s a special clip about that music: https://vimeo.com/103978069

This new multi-media package is made available by Century 67 films working with the estimable Light In The Attic Records and Distribution for worldwide release November 4, 2014. It touches on much of McFarland’s work, including his unique, bold pop experiments, and the fire within that inspired him to produce over 30 albums for Verve, Impulse, Buddha, and his own label Skye Records between the years 1960 and 1971.

Press / Festival Reviews

“You know I love my slightly obscure music documentaries, well this is a real good one. It’s really worth looking out for it.”
—Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio One

“This excellent and sensitive portrait shows why [Gary McFarland] still matters.”
—Keith Shadwick, Jazzwise Magazine

“Like Bob Dylan, another musician who alienated his original supporters when he turned to rock, McFarland never looked back.”
—Lance Goldenberg, All that jazz

“…a vibrant whirlwind that defines an era…”
—The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Part whodunit, part worshipful biography, Seattle filmmaker Kristian St. Clair’s provocative film focuses on the life and mysteriously premature death of up-and-coming jazz musician Gary McFarland…”
—John Hartl, The Seattle Times

“…extremely good…”
—Bruce Ricker, producer of Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser

“…a wonderful tribute to Gary’s music. Bravo!”
—Margo Guryan

“…quite interesting and very creative…”
—Creed Taylor
http://thisisgarymcfarland.com/Gary-McFarland_film


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