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Ray Russell, Cindy Blackman Santana, Aaron Parks and More

Read "Ray Russell, Cindy Blackman Santana, Aaron Parks and More" reviewed by Len Davis


New releases from Ray Russell and Cindy Blackman Santana. Playlist Aaron Parks “Shapeshifter" Parks & Wreck (Aaron Parks) 0:00:00 Go Go Penguin “Fanfares" Fanfares (Gondwana Records) 0:19:52 Cindy Blackman Santana “Twilight Mask" Give the drummer some (Copperline ) 0:33:03 Ray Russell “We Go Back a Short Way" Fluid Architecture (Cuneiform) 0:41:56 Gerald Gradwohl “Yes or no" Big Land (Hianzi) 0:47:38 Shob “Karma Obscur" Karma Obscur (Karma Obscur) 0:51:27 Antoine Fafard “Cape Spear" doomsday Vault (Timeless ...

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Mark Egan & Arjun Bruggeman: Dreaming Spirits

Read "Dreaming Spirits" reviewed by Kris Perdew


Dreaming Spirits serves not only as an album title, but also the name of a world/ambient jazz trio formed by renowned bassist Mark Egan, tabla player and percussionist Arjun Bruggeman, and special guest Shane Theriot, who is best known these days as lead guitarist/musical director of the Hall and Oates and Live From Daryl's House bands. Oddly, as of this writing, Wavetone Records has yet to list or even reference this new album release. Bruggeman and Egan were ...

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Take Five With Mark Egan

Read "Take Five With Mark Egan" reviewed by Mark Egan


Meet Mark Egan:Over the past 30 years, Mark Egan's ability to groove, perfectly complement the music in any situation and solo expressively has made him one of the most in-demand bass players on the international music scene. While racking up credits with the likes of the Pat Metheny Group, saxophonists Steve Grossman, Dave Liebman, Stan Getz, Sonny Fortune and Bill Evans, vocalist Michael Franks, guitarists Pat Martino, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin, Alex De Grassi, John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb and ...

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Mark Egan: Truth Be Told

Read "Truth Be Told" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Mark Egan often provides subtle accompaniment, holding things together with his bass work and making other musicians look good in his role as a studio musician. The music on Truth Be Told shows off his extroverted side as he blazes through an assortment of funk/fusion tracks with some formidable sidemen along for the ride. The quintet--Egan, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Roger Squitero, keyboardist Mitch Forman and saxophonist Bill Evans--launches right into a funky strut on the album ...

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Mark Egan: As We Speak

Read "As We Speak" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson


Given Mark Egan's long and deep involvement with the commercial end of the music business (as evidenced by a long resume of session credits in the jazz and pop worlds), the personality of this record is perhaps surprising. As We Speak is essentially a blowing session, with no overdubs or big production numbers. Not that there's anything wrong with that; indeed, the format, a necessary complement to Egan's other activities, is doing the leader a world of good. And not ...

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Mark Egan: As We Speak

Read "As We Speak" reviewed by John Kelman


While the innovations of the late Jaco Pastorius continue to be felt to this day, he's not the only electric bassist to develop a recognizable fretless sound. Born the same year as Pastorius, Mark Egan has built his career around a denser tone and more eminently lyrical disposition. While Pastorius was capable of equal melodism but often resorted to greater bombast, Egan has remained distinctive and been a more consistent team player. As We Speak is a strong example--the bassist's ...


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