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"Macarldie/Moving On"

Moving On (Self-released)
By Jonathan Cunningham
Published: December 27, 2007

Subject(s): Macarldie, Moving On , "world jazz", native of Virgin Islands
If "world jazz" were a legitimate genre (which it should be), then South Florida-based musician Macarldie Nibbs' newest release, Moving On, would be the perfect album to bear its name. Too often, more popular forms of global jazz, such as Latin jazz, African jazz, and Brazilian jazz, get dumped into the "world jazz" category by default. Here, Nibbs takes a style rooted in his native Tortola, Virgin Islands, lathers it with the polyphonic sound of Miami, and saut├ęs it with keys, saxophone, and percussion work that sounds like Senegalese bossa nova. As improbable as that may seem, those are the styles that Moving On displays from one track to the next. And while the steel-drum set might seem like a strange jazz instrument, Nibbs is at his best when he's on it, banging away beautiful melodies that make you long for the BVIs.
The jazzier instrumental cuts like "Beautiful Sadness" and "Ocean Dance" come off as the best. Bottom-line, Moving On deserves to be looked at as a welcome addition not just to the jazz community in South Florida but in the developing genre of world jazz as a whole.
- Brwd New Times /Dec 27 2007


Discography

"Ocean Dance"
Released 1992
An ecclectic collection of original compositions
(out of Print)

"Steel Drum Magic"
Released 1995
Beautiful traditional melodies and two original compositions feauturing the Steeldrum

"Breakthrough"
Released 1997
Original Reggae music all compositions feauture vocals

"Conversations"
Released 2001
Fusion inspired instrumental compositions feauturing the Steel Drum in colloboration and conversation with various other instruments,

'Moving On"
Released July 2007
His greatest effort to date a 14 song epic of original compositions that featuring his vocal and instrumental stylings .Along with accompaniment by a small stellar group of sidemen.

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As a child growing up in Tortola (British Virgin Islands).
Macarldie perfomed religous music with his Father and Siblings.His teenage years found him in nightclubs and hotels performing the Island standards and top 40 hits of America and the Caribbean.After moving to the states ,he studied Jazz and Classical piano and Vocals at "Florida Atlantic University" and began performing all over the states.

He is a Multi Instrumentalist and phenomenal Vocalist and performs live on SteelDrums,Piano,Keyboards.Guitar.Steel Drums and Vocals.His vocal stylings are a fusion of Jazz Caribbean,And Pop blended with Rap and Poetry and he has fused the sounds of all the music he enjoys into a coherent sound.

Macarldie has been a sideman with many muisical greats including Ernest Wranglin,Othello Molyneaux, Chris Valdala and many more .He has toured with the "Natty Love Joys" and has opened for Gregory Isaacs,Chuck Mangione and Dizzy Gillespie.