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Mark Colby: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Reflections, the eighth CD as leader or co-leader by one of the Chicago area's most undervalued treasures, tenor saxophonist Mark Colby, is a tribute, he writes, to “the things that shaped and moved me when I was just a kid," as well as to friends, family and artists who nourished his growth and served as a catalyst for his becoming a musician. The studio date is dedicated to Colby's father, “who started me on my journey at age eight," and ...

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Mark Colby: Speaking of Stan

Read "Speaking of Stan" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Almost fifteen years after the death of tenor saxophonist Stanley Gayetzky, aka Stan Getz, the sheer breadth of his musical accomplishments still boggles the mind. Thus it was with some skepticism that I began to listen to Speaking of Stan, tenor man Mark Colby's tribute to the man about whom Trane said, “Let's face it. We would all play like him, if we could. Colby, however, succeeds masterfully in capturing a good bit of the essence of Getz, due in ...

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Mark Colby: Speaking of Stan

Read "Speaking of Stan" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Mark Colby, who may be the finest tenor saxophonist you've never heard, pays tribute to a close friend on Speaking of Stan--a friend who happened to be one of the most renowned masters of the tenor who ever lived, the incomparable Stan Getz. Colby and Getz first met in 1963, when Mark was fourteen years old and Stan was performing in North Miami Beach, Florida, and they quickly became buddies. “We spent time playing our horns, talking, playing tennis, going ...

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Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Read "Tenor Reference" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There are a great many talented post-bop tenor saxophonists on the scene today, but no more than a handful whom one could easily recognize in a lineup. Here's one -- Mark Colby, a consistently resourceful stylist who's not more widely known among Jazz cognoscenti only because he has chosen to make Chicago his home instead of New York City or Los Angeles. One of the things I've always admired most about Colby -- aside from his gorgeous tone, prodigious technical ...

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Mark Colby: Tenor Reference

Read "Tenor Reference" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

A passel of Tenor...

Mark Colby is best known for performing with the Gerry Mulligan, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, Bob James, Charlie Haden and Mose Allison. In the guise of studio musician, Colby is credited with over 2,000 commercials mostly in the Chicago market. In addition to this professional work, he has served as a member of the DePaul University Jazz Department since 1983. In his spare time, Colby has been able to record a certain brand of ...

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Mark Colby / Vince Maggio: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Of all the configurations in Jazz, the duo may be the most challenging. Each partner must be unremittingly observant, ready and able to lend support in any and all circumstances, while, on the other hand, disclosing a persuasive voice of his or her own with plenty of engaging things to say. Kindred souls Mark Colby and Vince Maggio have those bases well covered on Reunion, on which the two play together for the first time since they were musically separated ...


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