Ryan Meagher is very forward thinking with his music, but has certainly gained a lot of knowledge about the history and tradition of jazz music through his many prestigious teachers. Some of these teachers include modern jazz stalwarts like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ben Monder, Steve Cardenas, and Peter Bernstein. Or players from a different generation such as well-known jazz educator, Mark Levine, post-bop guitar legend Kenny Burrell, Latin jazz giant Poncho Sanchez, and the renowned Heath Brothers.
This album represents one of Ryan's current leading projects, a band consisting of some of New York's most sought-after up-and-comers: Loren Stillman on alto sax, Matt Renzi on reeds, Geoff Kraly on electric bass and Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, make up the musicians who work with Ryan on this "Atroefy" project. In his own words: "Modern Jazz for the Indie Rocker. Serious music with real emotion."
01. Divided Road (7:33)
02. A Familiar Farewell (6:31)
03. Can't Complane (6:01)
04. Downers (8:22)
05. Republic (4:26)
06. Poetry In Motian (7:01)
07. Re: Creation (4:48)
Total time: 44:34 min.
Personnel: Ryan Meagher (g), Loren Stillman (as), Matt Renzi (ts & cl), Geoff Kraly (b) and Vinnie Sperrazza (d).
Produced by Ryan Mehagher.
Recorded and mixed by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Productions, on August 26, 2007.
"Definitely one of the more promising young musicians I've come across."
Joe Bagg -Down Beat
"[Ryan at 16]...has an incredible sense of the blues for a youngster."
"RYAN MEAGHER is a guitarist and composer that released an album of all original music in 2009 on Fresh Sound-New Talent entitled Atroefy. Meagher proclaims his music is modern jazz for the indie rocker. Meaghers music is full of guitar-driven rhythms coupled with elaborate, yet singable melodies. Though he has what JazzTimes called an unclinched, freewheeling approach to his solos, his music focuses intently on featuring threads of improvisation woven within a thick fabric of plush composition [...]"