Mark Lewis Music

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The New York Session. Eleven of Mark's compositions recorded in Brooklyn, New York with an exceptional band of New York musicians. Liner notes by renowned jazz author Ted Gioia.

"This record is a killer, we're playing it a lot at KNKX 88.5"  - Abe Beeson, Evening Jazz host, KNKX Seattle

"A beautiful album by four excellent craftsmen giving life to Mark Lewis's compositions -- the real stars of this show. Listen a couple times; you'll be whistling these captivating melodies, too. - Lynn Darroch, Bright Moments Café host, KMHD Portland

 

Free MP3 Download of the Month. 

This month's free MP3 is Child's Play, the second track from Mark's latest release The New York Session. It's the song for which Mark won #2 on alto sax in the 39th Annual Jazz Station Awards out of Los Angeles.  It features Mark on alto sax with legendary New York City musicians George Cables on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass and Victor Lewis on drums. Mark has followed George for years and slipped music to him from time to time. Mark met Essiet in Amsterdam in the 1980's. Essiet was good friends with John Butler, who played guitar in the Mark Lewis International Quintet when the three of them lived in the Netherlands. Mark has followed Victor since he was Stan Getz's drummer.

 A publicist working on the album before it was finished interviewed Mark and wrote little blurbs about each song. Here's what he said about Child's Play:

 "I wanted to write a song that was fast, but with a melody that is simple and accessible to all levels of musicians. I want to inspire the younger musicians, not intimidate them. Also, it’s important to speak with the innocence and honesty of a child, especially when you play a solo. Your joy should be pure."

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