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Mark Egan: Reflections on Fusion & More

Mark Egan

An in-demand session player, valued sideman, prolific composer and respected leader in his own right over the past 30 years, Mark Egan’s distinctive fretless bass sound has graced countless jazz and pop albums as well as award-winning movie and television soundtracks. A member of the Pat Metheny Group from 1977 to 1981, Egan has played on multi-platinum-selling recordings by Sting, Arcadia and Joan Osborne. He’s also recorded with a wide variety of artists, from pop figures like Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Judy Collins and Art Garfunkel to jazz notables such as David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, Jim Hall and Mark Murphy. A member of the Gil Evans Orchestra for 13 years, Egan has also racked up seven albums as a leader and 10 as a co-leader of Elements, the band he formed in 1982 with his Pat Metheny Group bandmate, drummer Danny Gottlieb. His latest release on his own Wavetone label is Truth Be Told, which reunites him with longtime colleagues Mitch Forman on keyboards and Bill Evans on saxophones. “Mitch is one of the first people I met when I came to New York in 1976,” says Egan. “He later played on my solo debut, Mosaic, in ’85. And Bill and I have a longstanding history that goes back to the first Elements record.”

This powerhouse quartet project is fueled by drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Colaiuta, who brings his considerable chops to bear on funk-fusion offerings like “Gargoyle,” “Café Risque,” the uptempo burner “Rhyme or Reason,” the hard-hitting, Mahavishnu-flavored “Pepe” and the slamming title track. It’s Egan’s impressive follow-up to 2006’s As We Speak, his intimate and highly interactive double-CD trio outing with drummer Gottlieb and jazz-guitar great John Abercrombie.

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