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New Single Release!

Alone Together (Live)

by Mark Lewis & David Friesen

Released 2018
Audio Daddio
Released 2018
Audio Daddio
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Veteran jazz masters Mark Lewis and David Friesen have recorded more than 100 albums between them, including two together (one on the Audio Daddio label, one on the Quartet label). The single “Alone Together” was recorded live at The Fremont in Seattle WA in December 2017.

This recording is rare for a number of reasons:

-It’s the first recording released of Mark Lewis on baritone saxophone, he’s most often heard on alto
-David Friesen plays …
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Free MP3 Download of the Month

This month's free MP3 is Bells for Candy, from Mark's third album Border Crossing. It was written for drummer Otis C. "Candy" Finch, who was instrumental in Mark moving to the Netherlands with a one-way ticket, no contacts, and $500 when he was 20 years old. Candy, who had been Dizzy Gillespie's and Ernestine Anderson's drummer, thought that Mark would achieve greater recognition in Holland, especially for his original music. That turned out to be true. Before Mark left for Europe, Candy gave him a month of free lessons on how to work with time, playing on it, behind it and ahead of it. Candy told Mark he was giving him "the keys to the city" because he knew Mark would take good care of them. Mark became established in Holland then travelled back and forth between Audio Daddio offices in Rotterdam and Seattle. One time he had a concert at the Seattle Concert Theater and Candy was there in the back room. He told Mark he sounded good and he was very proud of him. He said he had to stay in the back. He couldn't show his face because of an altercation he had with his manager in order to get the pay that was owed to him. Candy told Mark,  "Always play like it's your last time, because it just might be." "Play like you mean it," he said. That turned out to be Candy's last words to Mark - he died of pneumonia the next day.

Mark has been playing Bells for Candy again lately. He opened a few concerts with it on his tours this year. He played it with Ray Ohls last week at Westside Pizza. The version in this month's free download was recorded live half-track by engineer Mark Willett for Thunder Oak Audio Records in Seattle in the early 1980's. Musicians are Mark Lewis on alto sax, Richard Person on trumpet, Jim Hobson on piano, Mikel Rollins on bass and Bob Merrihew (student of Candy Finch) on drums. Four of the six songs on the album Border Crossing were recorded in Seattle with Northwest musicians. The other two were recorded in Holland with Dutch musicians.

Last month's free MP3 is Child's Play, the second track from Mark's latest release The New York Session is still here. It features Mark on alto sax with legendary New York City musicians George Cables on piano, Essiet Essiet on bass and Victor Lewis on drums.  A publicist working on the album before it was finished interviewed Mark and wrote about each song. Here's what Mark said about Child's Play:  "I wanted to write a song that was fast, but with a melody that is simple and accessible to all levels of musicians. I want to inspire the younger musicians, not intimidate them. Also, it’s important to speak with the innocence and honesty of a child, especially when you play a solo. Your joy should be pure."

Guide to chord symbols          Bells for Candy pdf manuscript      Child's Play pdf manuscript

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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, KNKX Seattle

"A beautiful album by four excellent craftsmen giving life to Mark Lewis's compositions -- the real stars of this show. Listen a couple times; you'll be whistling these captivating melodies, too. - Lynn Darroch, Bright Moments Café host, KMHD Portland

The New York Session

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.
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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.
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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.
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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)
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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.
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“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.
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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.”