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1. Cha Cha Cha Para Mi Alma
5. Danzon Rio Sumida
6. A Shade of Jade
7. Assum Branco
8. Mr. Natural
9. Inner Urge
10. Tres Palabras
11. You're My Everything
Detailed Description / Musicians--Scott Yanow
Mark Levine - Piano
Peter Barshay - Bass
Paul van Wageningen - Drums
Michael Spiro - Percussion
Jose Luis Gomez - Abakua nkame
Starting in the late '90s, San Francisco-based pianist Mark Levine led an excellent Afro-Cuban jazz quartet called the Latin Tinge. Levine -- who early in his career had associations with Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Cal Tjader (1979-1983) in addition to Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson -- is an excellent hard bop player who has a real feel for Latin jazz. The Latin Tinge consists of Levine's fluent piano, bassist Peter Barshay, drummer Paul Van Wageningen, and percussionist Michael Spiro. On this CD, the quartet performs originals and obscurities plus Latinized versions of McCoy Tyner's "Effendi," Wayne Shorter's "Angola," "You're My Everything," "Sugar," and two Joe Henderson songs: "A Shade of Jade" and "Inner Urge." Although few surprises occur, the rhythmic grooves are quite infectious, the musicians listen closely to each other, the repertoire is diverse, and Mark Levine's piano is a joy to hear. Fun music.
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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).