Jazz composer Chad McCullough has shared his first solo album in 11 years, Forward.
McCullough spent the years following 2009’s Dark Wood, Dark Water carefully piecing together Forward, resulting in an album that exudes confidence and a sense of methodical creation. The trumpeter took inspiration from his adopted hometown of Chicago after relocating there just seven years ago, working closely with Ryan Cohan on arrangement, orchestration and production across his six new tracks.
“Ryan Cohan really is the not-so-secret weapon of this project,” McCullough gushed in a statement. “He’s such a brilliant human being, and when he asked if he could be involved with this I was thrilled. His writing takes these tunes over the top, and his arrangements brought things to life in a whole new way. He truly made this project what it is, and I can’t say enough about his patience and contributions.”
To undertake his album, McCullough recruited drummer Jon Deitemyer, pianist Rob Clearfield and bassist Matt Ulery to form a quartet. Listen to Forward below:
And watch McCullough perform the album in a launch livestream that featured live painting from visual artist Ryan Miller: