Thursday, June 15, 2023

Mark Lewis; Sunlight Shines In

If you haven't checked out underrated sax man Mark Lewis and his sophisticated sidemen, you'd be well advised to do so. Lewis floats through a delightful session devoted to his lovely, nearly gregarious tone on alto sax. For good measure, he tosses into the mix the same skill and fluency on tenor sax and flute here and there. Let's also be clear in stating that Lewis writes fresh, buoyant melodies that leave plenty of room for just the right amount of improvisation. Ten of the eleven choices here are originals. The one standard is the dependable old "Ghost Of A Chance". His very capable colleagues (not every guy is on every cut) include Ron Kobayashi, piano; Baba Elefante, bass; Steve Dixon, drums; and Nolan Shaheed, trumpet. Every player has exceptional moments, all adding up to a very tasty, straight ahead session.

Audio Daddio; 2023; appx. 51 min.  

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