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Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook

Label: Capri Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: You’re Free; Don’t Deny; Ellen; Moon and Sand; Baggage Room Blues; I Like It Here; Night Talk; Lovers and Losers; I’ll Be Around.

NEWS: RECORDING

Mark Masters on Alec Wilder

Mark Masters on Alec Wilder

One of the finest jazz albums of the year is a collaboration between trumpter-arranger Mark Masters and baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan. The album is Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook (Capri). If you're unfamiliar with Masters, now's a good time to explore. His arranging skills are magnificent, and he has a long history of turning out ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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; ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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

Read "Everything You Did - The Music of Walter Becker & Donald Fagen" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Qual è stata la lezione degli Steely Dan? Avvicinare il pop al jazz. Semplice, no? Non proprio, perché Donald Fagen e Walter Becker avevano davanti a sé varie possibilità e infinite soluzioni di sintesi. Non hanno scelto certo quella più mainstream, più scontata. Non era da loro, professionisti e perfezionisti fino alla nausea. Costruivano melodiche accattivanti ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters

Read "Ellington Saxophone Encounters" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Longtime big band arranger/bandleader Mark Masters happens to be President of the Pasadena, CA-based non-profit American Jazz Institute (AJI), while baritone saxophonist great Gary Smulyan sits on its Advisory Board. Together, the two have often joined forces on musical projects intended to foster and promote jazz; Ellington Saxophone Encounters is another one of their AJI collaborations, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Masters Ensemble: Ellington Saxophone Encounters

Read "Ellington Saxophone Encounters" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Countless albums have been made with the sole intention of honoring the great Duke Ellington by highlighting his personality, piano skills and pile of hits, but they don't tell the whole story; part of his legacy rests with the men who brought his music to life. The individuals who filled out the roster in Ellington's illustrious ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Masters Ensemble: Farewell Walter Dewey Redman

Read "Farewell Walter Dewey Redman" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Mark Masters è un artista di spicco della Capri Records che da tempo dedica le proprie qualità di arrangiatore alle opere di alcuni musicisti come Lee Konitz, Gary Mac Farland e Clifford Brown. Quando, nel 2006, si appresta ad entrare in sala di registrazione con Dewey Redman per un disco dedicato alle sue composizioni, il sassofonista ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mark Masters Ensemble: Farewell Walter Dewey Redman

Read "Farewell Walter Dewey Redman" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It's hard to believe that Dewey Redman isn't still around when listening to Mark Masters Ensemble set, Farewell Walter Dewey Redman. Masters and the group--especially alto saxophonist Oliver Lake--capture the soul and sound of the unsung tenor titan on this marvelously inspired recording.Dewey Redman (1931-2006), the father of saxophonist Joshua Redman, is probably best ...


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