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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.

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Article: Album Review

The Mark Masters Ensemble: Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook

Read "Night Talk: The Alec Wilder Songbook" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Night Talk, the eighth album by celebrated arranger Mark Masters' superb West Coast-based ensemble, is subtitled “The Alec Wilder Songbook Featuring Gary Smulyan." Indeed, Smulyan's is an impressive solo voice (but hardly the only one) in an eloquent songbook that appraises eight of Wilder's tasteful compositions, including a pair of his best-known melodies, “Moon and Sand" ...

Article: Album Review

Mark Masters: Our Metier

Read "Our Metier" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Splendido arrangiatore di scuola mainstream, Mark Masters guida formazioni orchestrali fin dai primi anni ottanta e gran parte della sua produzione discografica l'ha incisa per l'etichetta Capri di Thomas Burns. I suoi dischi recenti--compreso l'ultimo Blue Skylight -erano concept album dedicati a grandi nomi del jazz, come Clifford Brown, Duke Ellington, Lee Konitz o ...

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Mark Turner + Gary Foster

Mark Turner + Gary Foster

Seventy years ago, on March 4, 1949, cool jazz was recorded for the first time. Given a mandate to record whatever new jazz was important, Pete Rugolo, Capitol's head of A&R, brought the Lennie Tristano Sextet into the studio to tape two songs—Wow and Crosscurrent. The music by Lee Konitz (as), Warne Marsh (ts), Lennie Tristano ...

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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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Tina Raymond: Left Right Left

Read "Left Right Left" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Most jazz artists don't choose to create a concept album as their debut. But drummer Tina Raymond has done just that with Left Right Left, teaming up with pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith for a wide-ranging piano trio outing that explores America's political climate via a mix of patriotic songs, a pair of Woody ...

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Tina Raymond CD Release Celebration For "Left Right Left," Thursday, April 6th At The Blue Whale, Los Angeles

Tina Raymond CD Release Celebration For "Left Right Left," Thursday, April 6th At The Blue Whale, Los Angeles

One of the most in-demand jazz drummers in Los Angeles, Tina Raymond, unites with two legendary musicians, pianist Art Lande and bassist Putter Smith on her debut CD, Left Right Left (Orenda Records). A politically inspired album, Left Right Left features anti-war anthems, union songs, and other sociopolitical works from America's history, re-imagined through modern jazz. ...

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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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