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Mark Egan, Truth Be Told [Wavetone]

The truth about Mark Egan’s excellent latest CD is that while he conceived it around the groove, interplay, and soloing skills of his assembled all-star quartet (drummer Vinne Colaiuta, saxist Bill Evans, and keyboardist Mitch Forman), the 11-track effort features some of Mark’s most inspired compositions.
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The truth about Mark Egan’s excellent latest CD is that while he conceived it around the groove, interplay, and soloing skills of his assembled all-star quartet (drummer Vinne Colaiuta, saxist Bill Evans, and keyboardist Mitch Forman), the 11-track effort features some of Mark’s most inspired compositions. This includes the angular, unison heads of “Gargoyle,” “Pepé,” and the Monk-ish “Blue Launch,” and the striking, contrasting bridges of “Café Risque” and the title track. On the solo front, Egan’s expressive fretless nicely navigates the shifting tonalities of “See Saw” and “Rhyme Or Reason,” and the haunting hues of “Shadow Play.”

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