Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mark Lewis (alto sax and flute) "The New York Session"

Let's put it this way. If you could go into the studio with George Cables, piano; Essiet Essiet, bass; and Victor Lewis, drums, you might be shaking like a leaf but I'll bet you'd do it. Well, that's what alto guru Mark Lewis did in a Brooklyn studio. And this CD is the result. Lewis offers a freewheeling but light touch on eleven originals with widely varying tempos and moods. What is consistent is Lewis' flawless sound, ease of delivery, and complete lack of showy excess. Pianist Cables, whom Art Pepper once described as "Mr. Beautiful", is a dream come true as both accompanist and soloist. His section mates, Essiet and Victor Lewis, are by now seasoned players ready for any assignment. From first note to last, this is the very definition of jazz, the essence of the art form.

Audio Daddio; 2016; appx. 64 min.

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