Review: Mark Egan, Karl Latham, John Hart

Fretless master Mark Egan’s über-versatile trio (with guitarist John Hart and drummer Karl Latham) reimagines bebop classics live with an East Coast edge.
By Chris Jisi ,

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[Wavetone Records]

Fretless master Mark Egan’s über-versatile trio (with guitarist John Hart and drummer Karl Latham) reimagines bebop classics live with an East Coast edge. Applying straight-16th grooves to the normally swung “Epistrophy,” “Bemsha Swing,” and “Mr. Clean” (also just covered by Marcus Miller) creates a fresh canvas for mind-locked interplay and Hart’s heavy blowing. Elsewhere, the standard “Old Folks” becomes a modal Afro-bossa with a killer outro, while the doubletime treatment of “Footprints” boasts Egan’s finest solo turn.