When Mark Shim stands to take a solo with The Mingus Big Band, his youthful, clean-cut appearance comes in direct contrast to the deep, robust tone coming from his tenor saxophone. Drawn to tenor saxophone "players with a darker sound," as he states in the liner notes, Shim has made impressions on those with whom he's shared the stage, including Hamiett Bluiett, David Murray, and Betty Carter. Enlisting the support of pianist Geri Allen, bassist Curtis Lundy and drummer Eric Harland, the saxophonist provides a spirited session of modern mainstream material.
Shim's composition "Snake Eyes," in three, and somewhat relaxed with Harland using the brushes, allows for solos from Lundy, Allen and the leader. Allen's exciting right hand, Lundy's lyrical romp, and Shim's lush sound are representative of the entire session. Harland stretches out on "Crazy," trades fours on "The Chosen Ones," and manages a challenging syncopated rhythm on Mingus' "Remember Rockefeller at Attica." Guitarist David Fiuczynski guests on seven tracks, with lyrical electric guitar lines that contrast well; he's particularly interesting when making the guitar cry out on "The Dungeon." Drummer Ralph Peterson guests on three tracks; his composition "Dumplin' " features Peterson playing the trumpet as well, overdubbed and full of spirit. Mark Shim's debut recording is a harbinger of what's happening out there, and it certainly looks good. Recommended.
Track Listing: Arrival; Mind Over Matter; Snake Eyes; Dumplin'; The Dungeon; Oveida; Crazy; The Chosen Ones; Remember Rockefeller at Attica; Mass Exodus.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.