Multi-percussionist Marc Wagnon Releases His New Recording “Earth Is A Cruel Master” On Buckyball Records

Marc Wagnor Earth is a Cruel Master

After 5 recordings with Tunnels, vibraphonist/percussionist and composer Marc Wagnon returns to his own musical vision, combining great jazz-rock with thought-provoking themes such as recent scientific discoveries, climate change and the human condition. Marc takes on the lion’s share of the instrumentation, returning to his first love: the drum set- and is joined by long-time collaborators: virtuoso guitarist Van Manakas and bassist Leo Traversa.

In the early 90’s Marc founded the group Tunnels with world-renowned bassist Percy Jones, releasing a critically acclaimed CD in 1994, followed by “Painted Rock” in 1999. He went on to record a total of five albums with Tunnels. The band broke up in 2009. Marc is also featured on “Manifest Destiny”, a CD with the legendary English band Brand X. Marc’s previous solo release, “Conjunction”, is a collaboration with drummer Mike Clark and bassist Paul Jackson.

Here are a few quotes about Marc’s CD:

“Playing with a wide range of interests and textures, Wagnon is the new progressive darling to watch now that he’s calling his own shots. Right in that progressive/jazz/rock pocket, you know who you are if you’re a fan of this, and if you are, you will be a fan of THIS. Right on the money throughout.” -Chris Spector Midwest Record

“His solo lines are fluid and full of fresh ideas. Equally impressive as a soloist is Manakas who creates an exuberant noise on the closing track “Selective Memories.” Earth is a Cruel Master is a first-rate release of creative, forward-thinking composing supported by spectacular musicianship.”- John Barron Allaboutjazz.com

“Manakas contributes some mind-blowing solos but the focus is on Wagnon’s nimble and masterful use of vibes & marimba both in ensemble parts and in jaw-dropping solo sections that recall the best players you can think of! Absolutely essential for fans of great fusion, mallet percussion and fine jazz composition!. “- Steve Roberts ZNR.com

“One of the most texturally rich music weaves I’ve heard this year… Marc and crew will hold your attention on every tune on this album – it gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED from me.” – Rotcod Zzaj improvijazznation

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  1. One of the most texturally rich music weaves I’ve heard this year…


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