Doug Mallory (Vocals, Compositions, Arrangements, Instrumentation & Production)
FLYING HOME (Bruce Cassidy – EVI)
HOW LONG (Paul Simons – Piano)
Cover Artwork (Brian Burke)

I am writing this while sitting in an airport departure lounge; it doesn’t really matter where. What matters is, I’m trying to get home. And, while hanging around airports is never really a great time, it is indeed a great time to reflect upon some tracks I have just received. There are gifted songwriters and there are gifted performers. But the rarest of these is the gifted songwriter who also has the ability to deliver self-penned lyrics in a performance which captivates both mind and soul. Doug Mallory is one such songwriter. Already well known as an outstanding performer, Doug presents his original compositions, and frames these songs with his uniquely soulful but poignant vocal style. These are not cute little ditties with rhyming lyrics; quickly conceived and recorded to meet someone else’s formula or deadline. No… these are songs slowly crafted from the heart; in many cases intensely personal. These are sketches of real life; coloured and shaded with hues of real human emotion. This music delivers the songwriter as the artist in an authentic manner that lets the vocal and the lyric itself stand strong out front. Yet, the musicality of Mallory’s compositional efforts is as beautifully crafted as the lyrics. Obviously fused from genres as musically diverse as jazz, gospel, and folk, these arrangements also serve to showcase Mallory’s talents on both keyboards and guitar. Listen with your ears… and with your heart. Both will be rewarded in equal measure. David Shearer – May 2009


Doug Mallory (Vocals, Guitar) Doug Riley (piano)
Ray Legere (violin)
Chris Mitchell (saxophone)
Jamie Gatti (bass)

I first met Doug Mallory in the early 1970’s when he came to Toronto to play guitar in my band, Dr. Music. I was immediately overwhelmed by his magnificent musicianship and his quiet manner. It wasn’t until several months later that I discovered he was also a unique and brilliant singer. He has a way with a lyric like noboby else – his phrasing, pitch and timbre combine to create a sound that can only be Doug. Over the years his talents have developed, matured and expanded to include composition and keyboards. This eclectic collection of songs represents several years of work and covers a wide variety of musical styles. His originals range from the introspective and heartfelt eulogy “Jimbo” to the lighter and jazzier “Martinique.” The melodic genius in Doug is apparent in “Darah’s Waltz” and “Welcome Home” while he exposes his vulnerable side with a flash back to childhood in “Bad Kid.” He brings his own personal touch to such oldies and goodies as “Waltzing Matilda” and “Autumn Leaves” thus rounding out a beautiful diverse musical presentation. Whether it is folky, bluesy, jazzy, or lyrical, the quintessential Mallory always shines through like a beacon. I am so impressed and happy that he didn’t surround himself with the wall of sound, indicative of so many overproduced CD’s these days. Instead he relied on the artistic contributions of four of his colleagues (Jamie Gatti, Ray Legere, Chris Mitchell and yours truly) to create what is essentially a collaborative effort in the true spirit of chamber music. Here is a rare panoramic view of Doug Mallory, the vocalist, the guitarist, the keyboardist, the composer, the lyricist, but most of all, the man, the poet, and the artist. Doug Riley 2003