Standards (Solo Piano)
ABOUT THE CD: Mark Massey: Standards features solo acoustic grand piano interpretations of 12 classic standards. WHAT THE CRITICS SAY about Mark Massey: 'Mark Massey is awfully good. His friendly, lyrical, melodic piano has a sound unto itself, bop and post-bop influenced, contemporarily informed, and languishing solidly in the modern mainstream.' ---ALL MUSIC GUIDE (Michael G. Nastos) 'Mark Massey is an excellent straight-ahead pianist who often appears in the L.A. area. ...his playing is consistently appealing.' ---SCOTT YANOW (author of the books Swing and Bebop: The Essential Listening Companion) 'The Mark Massey Trio makes an exciting impression... Massey has traveled the world, performing his form of mainstream jazz for a variety of audiences.' ---JIM SANTELLA, L.A. JAZZ SCENE (March 2000) 'Massey is skilled at a range of tempos and feels, keeping his play accessible while never talking down to more demanding listeners.' ---BILL KOHLHAASE, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from a live performance review) CD produced by Brad Powell for Geofonica Records. ABOUT THE ARTIST: Jazz pianist-composer Mark Massey was born and raised in Lynwood, California, where he showed early talent on piano, trombone, and drums. During high school, he studied classical piano and played in various groups, jazz combos and big bands. Mark studied music composition under Dr. Philip Westin, and during summers took music classes at the Cerritos College Music Camp. Mark played in the Pico Rivera Stage Band, which won First Place at the Hollywood Bowl Battle of the Bands. Mark was graduated from California State University, Long Beach (with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music), where he was recipient of the Carmen Dragon Fellowship for composition and he was dubbed 'A Young Giant' by the National Association Of Jazz Educators. Mark Massey has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union, Russia, the Far East and India. He has worked with Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Paul Horn, Poncho Sanchez, Hubert Laws, the Side Street Strutters, Louie Bellson, Phil Upchurch, L. Subramaniam, and the late, great Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson, Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, and Tony Williams. Mark was featured in 'The Four Pianos In Concert' series along with pianists Paul Smith and the late Pete Jolly and Steve Allen. Mark has also been featured on concert tours performing with the renown traditional jazz ensemble 'The Side Street Strutters,' performing throughout the United States, including many concerts with major symphony orchestras. As well as his periodic concerts internationally, Mark performs regularly at major jazz venues throughout Southern California, both as a sideman, and as leader of The Mark Massey Trio.