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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.

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

Free MP3 Download of the Month. 

This month's free MP3 download is To Ease the Sadness, a flute and piano piece from Mark's 2008 album Above the Sky

Mark practiced his saxophone on the flight home from Kansas City. Not out loud, just fingering scales without putting enough air in the horn to sound the notes. He heard a woman across the aisle and a row back say she wished she could hear the saxophone.

When done practicing, Mark took the last CD from his sax case and gave it to a man in her row to pass over to her. After a while she came up to Mark, told him her name was Cathy, and thanked him for the CD. She said she didn't have anything to give him in return, except a bracelet for her daughter's foundation. She thought it was fitting because her daughter loved music so much. Her daughter had taken her own life.

Cathy was very emotional and rightfully so. How hard it must be to lose a child, especially in that way. Mark and Cathy hugged for a long time, she was so nice and so sad and Mark felt so bad for her. He told her to go to his web site and listen to his song To Ease the Sadness. Mark had written the song for me a few years back, when I lost someone dear.

Mark asked me to tell this story and make To Ease the Sadness this month's song of the month download, so maybe by some miracle, Cathy would hear it and feel maybe just a little bit better for a little while.

Still up from last month, a live recording from 2011 by Mark and the great guitarist JB John Butler, because they are playing together this month in Portland.

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The New York Session (feat. George Cables, Victor Lewis & Essiet Essiet)

by Mark Lewis

Released 2017
Audio Daddio
Released 2017
Audio Daddio
From liner notes by Ted Gioia: In short, this is a great artist and a remarkable ensemble, so set aside some time to relax and settle into this recording - original compositions by Mark Lewis.
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Liner notes by Ted Gioia:

I have been writing about jazz for more than thirty years, and now have ten books on music to my credit. But I rarely write liner notes for new jazz releases. In fact, I’ve probably only done 3 or 4 in the last decade.

But I asked Mark Lewis to let me write something for his new album. I volunteered and refused any payment for my services. You see, even a …
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Infinite Points

by Mark Lewis Cool Jazz Trio

Released 2015
Audio Daddio
Released 2015
Audio Daddio
The Cool Jazz Trio went to the Audio Daddio Studios and out came this intense yet lyrical and highly creative recording of nine of Mark Lewis’ favorites from his compositions. Real jazz. The good stuff.
NOTES
Mark Lewis has a remarkably perceptive — and indeed spiritual — personal agenda of creativity. There is no way to safely place this music in the background. It will seize and open you. It is a total experience. The music will stay in your mind long after you hear it on this CD. In this reverberating performance by Mark Lewis and his self-challenging associates, ordinary time stops and you enter a new sonic world. The value of …
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Hear Here

by Mark Lewis Cool Jazz Trio

Released 2013
Released 2013
Inventive. Interactive. Lyrical. Spontaneous. The Mark Lewis Cool Jazz Trio has a sound reminiscent of West Coast Cool, with more freedom and in a smaller group. The harmonies and arrangements in this live recording are inspired, spontaneous and unrehearsed.

Enjoy the Ride

by Mark Lewis

Released 2012
Audio Daddio
Released 2012
Audio Daddio
A collection of the finest gems from the Mark Lewis composition book, carefully selected and recorded to transport the listener through an upbeat yet peaceful journey of sound. Lewis delivers stunning performances on a variety of instruments.
NOTES
Mark Lewis is master of the alto sax, baritone sax, flute and piano; author of more than 1,600 compositions; and has recorded and produced more than twenty albums on various labels. Rotterdam, Holland was Mark's home base for many years. He toured and played in most of the better clubs throughout Europe, and taught jazz theory and improvised music classes in several music conservatories. Mark lived and performed for several years in San Francisco and Victoria, …
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Mood Indigo

by Mark Lewis Trio

Released 2012
Released 2012
This live recording captures an evening’s performance that included more than the average number of timeless Duke Ellington compositions. Mark Lewis alto sax, backed by veteran piano man Bud Schultz and bassist Ted Enderle.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

by Mark Lewis

Released 2010
Audio Daddio
Released 2010
Audio Daddio
The sound of a rainbow in the bell of a jazz virtuoso's alto saxophone.
NOTES
This album further develops the popular sound of "Of Hip do I Sing," drawing from a wider range of musical palettes to create a diverse yet cohesive blend of rhythm and harmony.

Now Now

by Mark Lewis

Released 2010
Released 2010
A multifaceted music experience: intricate original jazz compositions; a happy diatonic piece; themes reminiscent of Japanese, Dutch and Mexican traditions; futuristic improvisations; a sax master's rendition of a TV theme song; a beautiful jazz ballad
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A multifaceted music experience: from intricate original jazz compositions to a diatonic piece; from themes reminiscent of Japanese, Dutch and Mexican traditions to futuristic improvisations; from a rendition of television theme song "Rawhide“ to a beautiful jazz standard, Jobim’s "Once I Loved.”

Of Hip Do I Sing

by Mark Lewis

Released 2008
Audio Daddio
Released 2008
Audio Daddio
hip-ster n : one who is esp. hep (as to new patterns in jazz)
NOTES
A carefully selected mix of standards and originals. Mark's exquisite flute work is also well represented on this release.

Above The Sky

by Mark Lewis

Released 2008
Audio Daddio
Released 2008
Audio Daddio
Jazz flute mastery. Think of the sweetest, most tender flute you’ve ever heard. Think of the most intense flute you’ve heard. Then listen to “Above the Sky” to reconnect to your most vivid awareness of this powerful yet delicate instrument.
NOTES
“This album is dedicated to my fans who wait for the one or two times each show, if the music permits, for my flute work.“

Mark's Electronic Music Box

by Mark Lewis

Released 2007
Released 2007
On Mark’s Electronic Music Box, jazz sax master Mark Lewis explores the possibilities of finding the soul of the electronic keyboard to showcase some of his compositions in a range of styles and moods.
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Old and new mix. The opening and closing tracks of Mark’s Electronic Music Box recreate the delicate sound of a mechanical music box – porcelain dancers turning in circles until their dance winds down to silence.

The hauntingly lovely “Not as Beautiful as You” is presented here as an orchestral work. Great attention went into making each electronic voice sound like an instrumentalist of its acoustic counterpart had played the part. Feel the presence of …
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Worlds Apart

by Mark Lewis

Released 2005
Audio Daddio
Released 2005
Audio Daddio
Soulful and inspired alto sax and flute by international jazz artist Mark Lewis. Original compositions and improvisations. Worlds Apart from everyday.
NOTES
Music is a way of life for Mark Lewis. As an instrumentalist, composer, producer, engineer, and teacher, he has earned the reputation of being one of the most dynamic and innovative forces in music today.

Mark was exposed to music at an early age. On one side, his grandmother, Elaine Lewis, was a concert pianist while on the other, his grandfather, Ray Street, played saxophone. As a child Mark played on his grandfather's C melody …
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For listening while you visit this site, a composition by Ted Gioia, "Tango Cool," the title track from a CD by Ted Gioia and Mark Lewis. A classic.

Ted Gioia / Mark Lewis

White Christmas - Single

by Mark Lewis Trio

Released 2010
Audio Daddio
Released 2010
Audio Daddio
A holiday favorite recorded during an exceptional night in concert with Mark Lewis, Robert Matthews, Bob Merrihew.

Little Drummer Boy

by Mark Lewis and the Belltones

Released 2010
Audio Daddio
Released 2010
Audio Daddio
Saxophone virtuoso Mark Lewis in the studio with the Belltones, a group formed specifically for the creation of this version of the Christmas favorite “Little Drummer Boy.”