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Mark Shim

Mark Shim

Webster’s Dictionary defines a shim as “a piece of thin material used to fill in space between things.” Which is not to imply that tenor saxophonist Mark Shim’s material is thin, nor that he falls somewhere “in between” stylistically. On his debut, Mind Over Matter (Blue Note), Shim displays a smooth, classic tone as well as a talent for writing functional, idiomatic jazz compositions.

Shim was born 23 years ago in Kingston, Jamaica, and grew up mostly in Richmond, VA. He started playing alto sax in the seventh grade, switching to tenor three years later. Originally hooked on jazz via Charlie Parker records, he fell under Sonny Rollins’ sway in high school. The Rollins influence still lives at the core of Shim’s sound, though in recent years, he has turned more toward Joe Henderson, and for ballads, Coltrane.

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