I was not only impressed by his suburb, creatively-interesting piano playing but also his composing and arranging talents. Most of the songs on this CD were written by Mark, and he produced a wonderful fresh and new arrangement for all songs including "Come Together" the Lennon-McCartney gem. The arrangement of this song while true to its "root" construction allows it to be re-born into a great new Jazz piece. Mark brings similar great new arrangements to "Rock With You" by Rod Temperton, "Groovin' High" by Dizzy Gillespie and the great Ellington classic, "Lush Life".
The supporting cast that Mark has gathered for this CD is of the highest level of musicianship. As a past Alto Sax player, I was especially impressed by the contribution from Brent Birckhead in particular. Joining Brent and also contributing wonderful sounds was Paul Bollenback, Guitar, Warren Wolf, Vibes, Christine Dashiell, vocals, Lean Seikaly, vocals, Eric Kennedy, Drums and Eric Wheeler, Bass.
I found a "YouTube" of Mark playing his own composition "Somethin' Good" that I have attached.
1. "Come Together" 2. "Just Imagine"
3. "Rock With You" 4. "Somethin Good"
5. "Once Upon A Purple Night" 6. "Less Catchy"
7. "Way Up Here" 8. "For You"
9. "Groovin' High" 10. "Get Lost"
11. "Lush Life"