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Mark Levine

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Track Listing
1. Black
2. Ain't Nothiing But The Blues
3. Corta Ese Bonche
4. A Free Man
5. Seis Pa' Chuito
6. Hindsight
7. Con Alma
8. Te Para Dos (Tea For Two)
9. You Don't Know What Love Is
10. You Know I Care
11. Isla

Detailed Description / Musicians
Musicians:
Mark Levine - Piano
Peter Barshay - Bass
Paul van Wageningen - Drums
Harvey Wainapel - Soprano Sax, Clarinet
Sheila Smith - Voice

Description:
Pianist Mark Levine's Latin jazz quartet does not blaze any new trails on Isla, but the group performs a colorful repertoire with spirit. In addition to Levine, the main voice is percussionist Michael Spiro, whose variety of sounds and complex polyrhythms give the group (which is called the Latin Tinge) a lot of its musical personality. Harvey Wainapel makes one appearance apiece on soprano sax and clarinet (tenor is actually his strongest instrument), while Sheila Smith sings on "Ain't Nothing but the Blues." Otherwise, the main lead is by Levine, who sounds quite comfortable in this setting playing Afro-Cuban music. Fans of Latin jazz will enjoy this group.

--Scott Yanow
All Music Guide


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Website: http://www.marklevine.com

Mark began playing jazz as a teenager in Daytona Beach, Florida. Continuing his education in Boston and New York, Mark studied with Hall Overton, Herb Pomeroy and Jaki Byard, before moving to California in 1966.

A key phase in Mark's education was a year spent in Woody Shaw's quartet. "Every night was serious school," says Mark.

Mark spent significant time working with Joe Henderson, Blue Mitchell, David Liebman and Harold Land, composing all the while. Joe recorded two of Mark's tunes on "Canyon Lady," the late tenor giant's only Latin jazz album. Mark returned the favor by playing two of Joe's classic compositions, "Inner Urge," and "A Shade Of Jade," on his 2000 release, "Serengeti."

His interest in Latin jazz led to work with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, Moacir Santos, Francisco Aguabella, Pete Escovedo, and Cal Tjader (including Cal's Grammy-winning Concord Jazz recording "La Onda Va Bien").

Mark has continued to pursue the Latin side of his craft, attending Centro Nacional de Escuela de Arte in Havana, Cuba in 1997.

Twice, Mark has been the recipient of a National Endowment For The Arts Grants (1975 and 1977) and was awarded a "Jammie" as Best Bay Area Jazz trombonist, 1983-1984 (no, he no longer plays trombone).

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