Mark Lewis Music

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New Release! 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.

 

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This month's free MP3 download is Mark's composition Ava, recorded at Audio Daddio Studio with Ray Ohls on piano and Mark on alto sax. Ava is the granddaughter of René van Broekhoven in Westmaas, near Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

From Mark:
René van Broekhoven of RBS Studios asked me to write a song and record it, and to me that's a great honor because I respect him very much. He was one of the first people I worked with in Holland. He has a wonderful studio there, state of the art. He gave me a lot of work as a studio musician when I first came to Holland. I made my first album with him, Tears of the City, which is out of print now. We always enjoyed working together so it was a great joy for me to write a song for his granddaughter Ava.

I wrote many versions of it before I came up with this one. There were at least seven of them and they were all different. Some of them are in the wastebasket. I kept some of them because I liked the tune but I didn't think it was appropriate for a child. For the last year I've been writing these waltzes, and I finally came up with one I liked, that I thought was apropos of someone cherished and also new born. I hope that it is a beautiful song for his beautiful granddaughter.

Guide to chord symbols   pdf of music manuscript

 

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