A Balance of Light (w. Bobby Watson)
Mark Kleinhaut

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Track Listing
1. Ferdinand and Isabelle
2. Long Look Back
3. Four Lane Clover
4. South of Mason
5. Field of Greens
6. Start it Up
7. Erikita
8. Summers

Detailed Description / Musicians
Mark Kleinhaut - Guitar
Jim Lyden - Bass
Les Harris, Jr - Drums
Special Guest:
Bobby Watson - Alto Saxophone

Guitarist and composer Mark Kleinhaut's fourth album as a leader, Balance of Light, finds him collaborating with the great alto saxophonist Bobby Watson and making music of an unusual warmth and joyfulness. That feeling is generated, in part, by the fact that the entire program consists of compositions written by Kleinhaut specifically for this project and with Watson's playing in mind; he and his trio end up playing with an unusual level of generosity, gently pushing Watson to the forefront and showcasing his remarkable technique, while still playing with power and distinction behind him. Kleinhaut's skill as a composer is the other secret to this album's success; the bouncy but dignified opening track, "Ferdinand and Isabelle," is a particular highlight, as are the beautiful "Erikita," a tribute to his wife, and the charmingly off-kilter "Field of Greens," which sounds a bit like a post-bop Thelonious Monk composition. Watson shines on every track, but his jaw-dropping circular breathing technique on "Four Lane Clover" is especially worth noting. Highly recommended.

--Rick Anderson
All Music Guide

  Available Items by Mark Kleinhaut About Mark Kleinhaut 

Website: http://www.markkleinhaut.com

Residing in Albany, NY as of fall, 2011, Mark Kleinhaut is an accomplished jazz guitarist recognized for his elegant melodic improvisations, striking technical execution and responsive accompaniment, bringing depth and excitement to every performance and ensemble. Well steeped in the jazz tradition, and happy to play “standards” with anyone at a moment’s notice, Mark also has a taste for modern and forward sounds incorporating a myriad of influences. Mark relishes the opportunity to create original pieces, and has over 50 recorded compositions spanning five CDs released on the Invisible Music label, including a Jazzweek Top 20 disc with saxophonist Bobby Watson and another album with trumpeter Tiger Okoshi. His latest project (to be released in early 2013) is a guitar duo with 7-string player Neil Lamb, which explores spontaneous compositions in a completely “free” setting.

Mark Kleinhaut worked in Cleveland, OH for 5 years prior to Albany, where he performed with some of the top local jazz talent at clubs such as Nighttown and The Bop Stop and with a trio he formed with bassist Kip Reed and drummer Matt Perko. He also played a variety of festivals, concerts and outdoor gatherings, including gigs with the North Coast Jazz Collective and a concert at the Blossom Summer Music Festival with the Cleveland Orchestra (“Bravo Broadway”).

For nearly 20 years, Mark lived near Portland, Maine where he led his own group with Jim Lyden and Les Harris Jr., collaborated with local legend Brad Terry, bassists Sam Sherry and Josh Davis, drummers Mark Macksoud and Phil Verrill, pianist Thomas Snow and vocalist Tracey MacLean, among many others. Mark was frequently called to accompany visiting jazz performers in concert with artists such as Greg Abate, Jerry Bergonzi, Sheyvonne Wright, Alex Foster, and Scott Reeves. Mark’s tenure in Maine was also notable for his activism, serving as president of the Maine Jazz Alliance where he was instrumental in bringing a long list of jazz luminaries to Southern Maine and live jazz to thousands of school children through MJA’s “Jazz Goes to School” program. Mark also served on the boards of the Maine Jazz Festival, Maine Jazz Camp and the University Of Southern Maine School Of Music Advisory Board. Mark has taught privately, was adjunct faculty at University of Southern Maine, and has conducted clinics and workshops at Universities and High Schools, including Bowdoin College and the University of Maine. Mark’s education includes a BA in Music from Rutgers University, where he studied under the direction of the late Ted Dunbar.

Mark Kleinhaut is an endorser for the Halfling Jazz Guitar by Ribbecke Guitars, and his website www.markkleinhaut.com has for ten years been part of Jazzcorner.com, a jazz destination that has flourished under the boundless energy of its founder Lois Gilbert.

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