MP3 Mark O'Connor - Mirage
Straight-ahead jazz quintet. "A very good saxophonist he is. Melodically and rhythmically engaging lines. Expressiveness and melodic sensitivity" - Jazz Times magazine
10 MP3 Songs in this album (62:31) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Mainstream Jazz, JAZZ: Modern Creative Jazz
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Contrary to what its figurative meaning suggests, the title of saxophonist Mark O’Connor’s debut CD hardly represents something illusory or misleading. In fact, the Chicago musician has delivered an undeniably tangible first effort--a confident, well-paced jazz set that bass legend Rufus Reid calls “a stellar first recording.” The name Mirage literally refers to the mixed meter form of the album’s title track, an original tune that challenges the listener as it delicately alternates between time signatures. However playful, this subtle rhythmic prank is by no means gratuitous; O’Connor’s recording indeed features a broad range of contemporary styles, yet is consistently anchored by an uncompromising devotion to swing. Dedication, in a larger sense, has always played a key role in O’Connor’s evolving career, and has rapidly brought his tenor voice solid recognition amidst a thriving Windy City jazz scene. Since moving to Chicago in 1996, the saxophonist has amassed an impressive musical resume, sharing stages with notable local and national talent including Chris Brubeck, Orbert Davis, Larry Gray, Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandoval, Kelly Sill, Robert Shy, Steve Turre, Paul Wertico, and James Williams. Given O’Connor’s ambitious approach to the bandstand, association with players of this caliber comes as no surprise; recording as a leader simply represents a culmination of such effort. His work ethic pays off beautifully on Mirage, invoking creative musicianship that is fearless, melodic, and constantly in the moment.
Mark O''Connor - Tenor Saxophone
Tito Carrillo - Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Mark Maegdlin - Piano
Ben Lewis - Piano
Jon Paul - Bass
Tom Hipskind - Drums