Guitarist, composer, and arranger Max O’Rourke was born and raised in West Rutland, Vermont. His interest in guitar began when he was six and has since progressed into a lifelong journey. While touring around the world with other bands, he has built up a significant amount of original work and is now leading his own project. His debut album Disquiet draws from his roots in gypsy jazz and also marks the start of his love for the electric guitar.
The album is influenced by a broad variety of genres including gypsy and traditional jazz, blues, pop, rock, and impressionism. What ties this stylistically diverse collection of tracks together is their inspiration. As the title suggests, the music is inspired by anxiety, loss, and depression. Through the musical resolution of these feelings, one finds ease and ultimately lays the disquiet to rest.
“Writing and recording this album was a therapeutic way to deal with life and its inherent curveballs. It’s my hope that it can help others too. Everyone is dealing with something. Sometimes the right music is all you need to turn a day around.”
"With this new album Max O’Rourke has brought an original take to the world of gypsy jazz that is familiar, yet unique. Melodies abound, and solos are tasteful and serve the songs well. Part traditional gypsy jazz, and part more modern jazz-roots fusion, arrangements are well thought out and at times recall the classic Octet arrangements of George Barnes (a very good thing!). When high-level improvisational skills are married to good melodies and dynamic arrangements like these, the listener is the big winner!"