Bruce H. McCosar
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Bruce H. McCosar is a middle school science teacher residing in Sterling, VA, USA. He switched to teaching after a career in medicinal chemistry. He is a member of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation, a Native American tribe originally indigenous to the Southeastern United States.Read More...
As a musician, he plays bass, guitar, Hammond organ, keys, and various drums. Many of these appear on his first album, evolution (Nov. 2006). His second album, handmade (Feb 2007), featured jazz compositions backed by hand percussion instruments only (mainly conga drums).
Then came La vie sous la mer (Oct 2007). After a long and difficult summer, this album developed as a labor of love. Jazzier, cooler, and stranger than any work he'd released before, this album tells eight interconnected stories, and even features a freely-available PDF companion book (for more details, see this page). Points of Departure (April 2008), his fourth Jamendo album, focused more on progressive rock, although with a heavy jazz influence.
In 2008, Bruce moved from Gainesville, Florida to Sterling, Virginia. Building a life is hard; giving it up and starting over somewhere else is even more so. Against this background, Bruce composed his fifth album, Martian Winter. Like Points of Departure, it focused on a jazz-influenced rock sound; however, like La vie sous la mer, it was almost exclusively built using odd time signatures (such as 5/4 and 7/8). In this way, although it was born in a different world, it retains its connection to the past.
One more move: this time to a new house. It was a difficult change, and out of the struggle was born a new sound. In Unexpected Places is just that: a collection of jazzy, funky, cool -- and most of all, original -- compositions.
Originally, Bruce was a jazz guitarist, and started a Gainesville band known as Rhythm Method. His favorite, and most influential, "mainstream" jazz artists are John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea / Return to Forever, Herbie Hancock, Thelonious Monk, and Chet Baker. However, Bruce also loves soul jazz --- Cannonball Adderley, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff --- and jazz influenced rock, for example, Joni Mitchell's Hejira album.
Bruce has been recording solo work since 2005. This led him to learn many more instruments: bass, keyboards, conga drums, and traditional drumset. In 2008, he began learning the art of interweaving electronic and acoustic composition, mostly freely available Linux audio software. Since La vie sous la mer (2007), all of his albums have been mixed and mastered using Audacity.
Bruce H. McCosar on the Web
Wordpress -- a blog which focuses on specific topics: background information on the albums, works in progress, Linux audio, music theory, and other current projects.
ccMixter -- raw (unmixed) tracks from my albums and other works, available for remix artists.
SoundClick -- "Lost" tracks, material from FAWM, and other original works.
Top SongsTotal plays on Last.fm over the last 6 months
- The Strange Lady I Met on the Shore - 243 plays
- Lucky Cat - 403 plays
- All I'll Ever Be - 383 plays
- Tattered and Torn - 280 plays
- Jennie Haniver - 253 plays
- Desolation Angels - 243 plays
- Enfin du sommeil - 210 plays
- Missing You (Song for Hannah) - 208 plays
- The Burning - 209 plays
- Round Trip Ticket - 206 plays