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Mark Masters: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There are a lot of fine composers writing for large jazz ensembles today, so many that some names can get lost in the shuffle. Mark Masters is a case in point. You don'r hear about him often, possibly because many of his recordings feature his ensembles playing the music of other composers like trombonist Grachan Moncur ...

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Mark Masters Ensemble: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters, an extraordinarily talented and perhaps undersung arranger of large ensembles jazz, has spent a good deal of artistic energy on crafting recordings that explore other people's compositions. His Capri Records output includes The Clifford Brown Project (2003), celebrating the sounds of the too-soon-gone trumpet legend; Porgy and Bess (2005), from the George Gershwin songbook; ...

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Mark Masters: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Mark Masters è uno dei massimi esponenti contemporanei dell'orchestrazione mainstream. In trent'anni d'attività professionale ha inciso una decina di dischi, in formazioni comprendenti strumentisti di primo piano come Oliver Lake, Lee Konitz, Billy Harper, Peter Erskine o Steve Kuhn.

Come altri suoi lavori anche questo progetto è un concept album dedicato a protagonisti della ...

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The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Jack Bowers

California-based composer / arranger Mark Masters, who has already recorded salutes to Clifford Brown, Jimmy Knepper, Dewey Redman, Steely Dan, the Gershwin brothers and even the Duke Ellington saxophone section, directs his attention and considerable talents this time around to the music of a pair of legendary jazz trend-setters who were in many respects polar opposites: ...

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The Mark Masters Ensemble: Blue Skylight

Read "Blue Skylight" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mark Masters has made his name in the banderleader/arranger arena fronting The Mark Master Ensemble, in various forms, with personal tributes to past masters: saxophonist Dewey Redman, Duke Ellington, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and present master, alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who played as the featured artist on One Day With Lee (Capri Records (2000). These are all ...

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I Nuovi Protagonisti dell'Orchestrazione - 1: Darcy James Argue - Ryan Truesdell - Orrin Evans

Read "I Nuovi Protagonisti dell'Orchestrazione - 1: Darcy James Argue - Ryan Truesdell - Orrin Evans" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo la morte di Gil Evans e Thad Jones nella seconda metà degli anni ottanta e la progressiva uscita di scena di George Russell, il ruolo del compositore/orchestratore nel jazz ha sofferto di un gap generazionale. Meno marcato di quanto è apparso pubblicamente ma comunque consistente. Anche se negli anni novanta già operavano figure del calibro ...

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The Mark Masters Ensemble: Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Read "Everything You Did: The Music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Another tribute album from leader / arranger Mark Masters whose splendid ensemble has previously paid homage to trumpeter Clifford Brown, saxophonist Lee Konitz, trombonist Jimmy Knepper and the Gershwin brothers (Porgy & Bess Redefined). This time around it's the music of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, better known by their collective name, Steely Dan. The album, ...

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Mark Masters: Everything You Did

Read "Everything You Did" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Rock band Steely Dan released Pretzel Logic (ABC) in 1974. The album was big, one its most successful. But with younger audiences unfamiliar with jazz, the disc surely must have caused some confusion, along the lines of: “What in the world is this 'East St. Louis Toodle-oo?' And what are they talking about with 'Parker's Band?'" ...

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Mark Masters: Everything You Did

Read "Everything You Did" reviewed by Jeff Dayton-Johnson

Bandleader/arranger Mark Masters has recorded a set of Steely Dan tunes with a big band, which can be set on the shelf next to his celebrated albums dedicated to the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Dewey Redman. A Dan jazz album makes sense. It's clear from the rock band's '70s albums that Donald Fagen ...

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Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters

Read "Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters" reviewed by Greg Simmons

It could be argued that the core of bandleader Duke Ellington's wonderful textural sound was the way he harmonized his reed section, with great woody chords and lush polyphonic melodies. That reed section, with the great Johnny Hodges leading on alto, stalwarts like Paul Gonsalves on tenor and Harry Carney on baritone, as well as shorter-term ...