The Larry McDonough Quartet (LMQ)
"Some very cool music....  Off beat jazz classics,' just 4/4 music isn't good enough for [McDonough]....  5/4 and 7/4 ... have fun with it....  I love this 5/4 [Take the 5A Train'].  Do some more!"  Lou Harvin, NewsNight Minnesota, TPT Public Television Chs. 2 & 17, St. Paul.

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Larry McDonough has taken jazz classics and put them into different time signatures, changing the rythmn and feel of the tunes. 

Pieces originally in 4/4 time are now done in 5/4 time, which is the rythmn of “Mission Impossible” and “Take 5", including“Take the A Train” (now called “Take the 5-A Train”), “My Favorite Things,” and “Aja.”

Other early arrangements include 7/4 versions of “Cantaloupe Island,” “Simple Gifts,” “Red River Valley” and “Summertime,” 3/4 arrangements of “If I Only Had a Brain,” “Ode to Joy,” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and Adagio by Samuel Barber with a mixture of 4/4 and 5/4 meters.

McDonough premiered his “Off Beat” Quintet at Dakota Bar and Grill for a radio concert broadcast live on KBEM Jazz88 FM 88.5 FM and over the internet at   McDonough performed some early versions of the “Off Beat” arrangements in a duo with Phil Holm on trumpet on NewsNight Minnesota on Twin Cities Public Television.  The Larry McDonough Group continues to perform in jazz clubs and festivals around the country. 

The first studio CD from the Larry McDonough Group was “Simple Gifts,” The group currently includes Richard Terrill on Saxes, Bassist Craig Matarrese, and Drummer Chaz Draper.  Past members have included trumpeters Phil Holm and Jeff Levine, saxophonist Jeff King, guitarist Joel Shapira, bassists Bruce “Pooch” Heine and Elizabeth Draper, and drummer Dave Stanoch.  

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Larry McDonough and Off Beat, "Live, Cooking at the Dakota" (Demo) (LM Jazz 2002)