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Mark Masters

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Mark Masters (b. 1957) is an inventive and prolific composer and arranger from southern California. He organized his first ensemble in 1982. In 1990, Masters wrote the album PRIESTESS (Capri 74031) to feature Billy Harper and Jimmy Knepper. A subsequent recording with Knepper, THE JIMMY KNEPPER SONGBOOK (Focus 1001, 1993) featured arrangements by Masters of Knepper’s compositions. The most recent recording by Masters, OUR METIER (Capri 74150, 2018), features Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake, Gary Foster, Mark Turner, Tim Hagans, Putter Smith, and Dave Woodley in a large ensemble setting

Album

CT!

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Serenade to a Bus Seat; Ground Hog; Ode to Pres; Daylight Express; Boardwalk; Argentia; Perdido Line; Slow Boat; Swingin'On The Cusp; Michelle; Top And Bottom; Boomerang; In Orbit.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Chico Hamilton, Jenny Scheinman, and Weather Report

Read "Chico Hamilton, Jenny Scheinman, and Weather Report" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show's eclectic playlist includes electric freakouts from Ray Russell and Jenny Scheinman, modern blues from Sarah Jane Morris, Fifties “cool jazz" from Chico Hamilton and Teddy Charles, and a large slice of 1971 Weather Report. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Music From Ches Smith, Eva Novoa, Arve Henriksen & Harmen Fraanj, And More

Read "New Music From Ches Smith, Eva Novoa, Arve Henriksen & Harmen Fraanj, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show we feature new music from Ches Smith, Eva Novoa, Arve Henriksen & Harmen Fraanj, Matthieu Bordenave, Adam Schroeder & Mark Masters, Ewart Asplund Ricks Trio , Christoph Gallio Day & Taxi, Recabarren Menares Vazquez, Ken Vandermark's Edition Redux, Drazek Fuscaldo Drake Aoki Jones & Abrams, and a recording from the 1960s from Michael ...

News: Recording

Schroeder & Masters Celebrate Clark Terry

Schroeder & Masters Celebrate Clark Terry

Clark Terry was many things. He was a superb trumpeter and flugelhornist, he was an elegant gentleman, he was a mentor to many musicians and he was as comfortable in a big band as he was in a small group. Clark was also an excellent composer, as baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder and arranger Mark Masters know ...

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Article: Album Review

Adam Schroeder & Mark Masters celebrate Clark Terry: CT!

Read "CT!" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


In jazz, where the past intertwines with the present and the future, few figures were as influential as the legendary trumpeter Clark Terry. During his playing career, he developed a creative, bouncy style with an irrepressible rhythmic verve that was entirely his own. The album CT! with baritone saxophonist Adam Schroeder and arranger Mark Masters serves ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Youn Sun Nah, Herb Geller, Mark Masters and More

Read "Youn Sun Nah, Herb Geller, Mark Masters and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features, among other things, vocals from Youn Sun Nah and Susanne Abbuehl, saxophone from Herb Geller and Melissa Aldana, and big band work from Mark Masters and William Parker. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait To Get Back Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

William Parker, Gretchen Parlato, Miles Davis and More

Read "William Parker, Gretchen Parlato, Miles Davis and More" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show, from August 2021, features what was then brand-new music by William Parker, Mark Masters, and Gretchen Parlato as well as older music by Miles Davis, Roberta Piket, and Hal McKusick. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & ...

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Article: Year in Review

Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021

Read "Jack Bowers: Top 15 Albums of 2021" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In spite of the Covid pandemic (and sometimes because of it!), 2021 was a splendid year for big-band albums, with eleven receiving 4 1/2-star reviews and one (Out on the Coast by the David Angel Big Band) earning five stars. The dominant dozen are listed here alongside top-rated smaller-group albums by Cory Weeds, Gerry Gibbs and ...

Album

Masters & Baron Meet Blanton & Webster

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: All Too Soon; Duke’s Place; I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good); A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing; What Am I Here For?; Jack the Bear; Perdido; Passion Flower; Take the ‘A’ Train; Ko- Ko; Introduction to In a Mellotone; In a Mellotone.


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