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Coming Soon

by Mark Bunney

"The newest, funkiest jazz-gospel album on the scene at the moment". Fusing the genres of jazz & gospel, this Saxophonist has created music that will take you to a higher level. If you like Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum etc, you'll love this!
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. Morning Devotion
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2. God and God Alone
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3. A New Day
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4. Heavenbound
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5. I Love the Lord
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6. We Fall Down
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7. Morning Devotion Reprise
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8. Street Witness
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9. A Dream of Peace
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10. Days End
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11. Coming Soon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Jazz-gospel saxophonist, Mark Bunney was born and raised in Leicester, England. From a young age Mark was encouraged to develop his musical talents and at 3 years of age his Father had already taught him to sing a considerable portion of the hymns and chorus' frequently sung at their church.

At 7 years Mark started his first piano lessons. The young Mark had a difficult time taking to the piano and at 11 years refused to take any more lessons. On that day he distinctively remembers the sad thought that he had failed and would never have a life in music; little did he know God had an entirely different plan for his life. Four non-musical years passed by and one nonchalant day in 1992 at age 15 his ears were struck by the beautiful tones of the saxophone. Soon after, he convinced his mother to purchase him an alto saxophone from the local music shop. Since that day Mark's commitment, dedication and passion for playing the saxophone has become a part of the essence of his very being.

A regular and ever increasing practice regime became part of Mark's daily duty and this was supplemented by playing with other local musicians/bands and taking private lessons. With the help of Private Instructor and Berklee Alumni, professor Jean Toussaint, in 1997 Mark's now aspiring dream to become among the worlds best saxophonists took a giant leap when he was granted a scholarship in a Paris audition to attend the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Filled with new challenges Mark strove to give Berklee his best, achieving top grades in all his subjects. Whilst at Berklee Mark soaked up a wide range of musical influences, Gerald Albright, Joshua Redman, Charlie Parker are some of his favorite saxophonists. Mark was also fortunate to study with the likes of smooth Jazz Recording Artist, Walter Beasley and the legendary saxophonist, Bill Pierce. Mark frequently plays on the gospel circuit, and has shared the stage with Kelly Williams, John Stoddart, The Heritage Singers, his friends and American jazz-gospel saxophonist peers, Courtney Fadlin and Elan Trotman, to name but a few. Mark has also had the honour of giving solo performances at the Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena in London, and the Berklee Performance Center in Boston. For Mark's upcoming performance dates and locations visit Mark's website.. www.markbunney.com

To further develop his musicianship and personal development, whilst at Berklee, Mark chose to embark on two degrees, one in Music Education and the other in Music Therapy. "My love for performance will always be a natural part of me, and with such a great opportunity I wanted to develop further skills that would not only compliment my personality but would also enable me to be a positive Black role model to the young, and a source of inspiration to those less fortunate than me, all through music". Being the two longest majors at the college, Mark will be the first male to graduate with those two degrees from the college.

It has always been an aspiration of Mark's to write music and make CD's. What seemed like a major blow when Mark's US visa expired at the end of 2002 actually turned out to be just the opportunity he needed, 'a true blessing in disguise'. "Coming Soon", Mark's inspirational debut jazz-gospel album is now finally set for release in July 2003 on his new independent record label, Quiet Revolution Productions. Featuring some of the most eloquent musicians from both sides of the Atlantic, the album includes covers like "We Fall Down" and "God and God Alone", as well as original compositions, the album promises to be every bit as energetic as his live performance.

Being a Christian Mark attributes all his success and future success to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mark is the living testimony of Philippians 4.13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Mark has been very fortunate to have had many great role models musical and non-musical, and pays tribute to each of them. "I count it a blessing to have had a solid family supporting me at every step of the way, friends and mentors through thick and thin, and the opportunity to travel around the world meeting new people and appreciating other views and cultures". Mark's personal message to all is; no matter how old or young you are, have a dream for your life. Commit it to God and then nurture that dream until it becomes a daily reality broken down by goals. Do something every day that will get you a step closer. Never ever give up once you've committed to your dream no matter what obstacles come your way. Dream big and shoot for the stars, at the very least you'll land on the moon. And finally, in five, ten, twenty years from now you will look back and take satisfaction in knowing that you did what you were born to do.

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Jo Beth Umali

smooth and funky
This is the smoothest, funkiest jazz I've ever heard. The ballads sound very moving and inspiring while the faster tempo tunes keep me dancing!
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Dan Perez

Great sound, mastery of altissimo, inventive writing, good group pocket
This alto saxophonist's sound and style are well developed, while somewhat derivative. His influences (outlined in detail in the liner notes) are clear to the listener, but seamlessly blended into an easily recognizable style that is his own. The tracks showcase much of his writing, which is commercial while still hip enough to appeal to harder jazz-heads. Overall, the instrumentation follows the direction set by Joshua Redman's album "Elastic," but the sound is much smoother. There are some very creative sounds, especially organ or synth sounds on "We Fall Down." The altissimo range is also showcased throughout the album, and Mark has certainly shown uncommon mastery of that range of the instrument, not using it as a gimmick, but playing fluid and melodic lines in that difficult range. His intonation is spot-on through the vast majority of the album. The choice of supporting musicians for this album was also well made. The guitar playing is simply gorgeous. Both of the keyboard players on this album are very tasteful in their approach, sneaking in crazy jazz voicings so insidiously that the average listener just says, "That's pretty." The percussion throughout the album is solidly in the pocket, with a great feel and perfect time. The bass playing is also solidly funky. Overall, this album is a testament to the state of young players (and producers, as Mark produced the album himself) coming up. I, for one, certainly look forward to hearing more from this skilled and talented young performer, and hope to see him stateside soon.
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Kevin Sterling

Inspired & Blessed by God
The first time that I heard Mark play his saxaphone was live. I was spell bound and I admired his natural flair and ability on this fantastic instrument. Having met Mark I can say that he is a true man of God who is inspired by God's word. Mark, continue to keep your focus on Christ & give all of the glory to Him. May God continue to bless you in your musical ministry. I cannot wait to hear you play in heaven along with all the other musical greats which will include me! Peace bro'... Kev Sterling
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Prim Roberts


One of the things that had struck me when listening to this debut album was the way it which it simply capativates your attention.There is a longing to absorb each minute sound and bask in the style that is quite unique and mature.You'd be mistaken for thinking that this is a long time, well known jazz musician producing his 4th or 5th album and not his FIRST.The saxophonist will definitely be a force to be reckoned with amongst other well known artists pretty soon, as they will have to sit up and pay attention to him.He clearly is able to pick the best in his musicians and get the best out of them.In observing his live performances all I can say is simply STUNNING! Myself along with many others who have discussed this artist and album will be tracking his career and buying this albums for many years to come. Just BRILLIANT!
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Sophia

A blend of the best
This has got to be one of the best Jazz Gospel projects for 2003. Worth the wait and truly inspired. This blend of professional, complementary and competent musicians has created a spirit filled CD for travelling, relaxing and for praise and worship. Brothers the Lord has blessed you all, give Him praise and more music.
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Jean Toussaint, Saxophonist and Jazz Tutor, London Guildhall Uni

A Dynamic Album
'A Great first album by Mark, inspiring music played with excellence, a great start to a promising career'.
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Meshach Broderick, - Blessed Voices (Ch4 Gospel Singers of the y

Check this CD Out!
An Energetic fusion of Jazz and Gospel that grooves you to a higher level.
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Bill Peirce - Chair of Woodwind at Berklee College of Music, Bos

New up and coming artist Mark Bunney
Mark Bunney, like many of today’s dedicated young musicians, posses a highly developed technical command of his instrument. But what separates him from the
others is ability to communicate with the audience. What sets Mark apart is “soul’. He plays with an emotional drive that moves the listener. Look out for Mark Bunney. He is a musical force to be reckoned with.
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LaDonna Kezia

Genius in the making...
Undoubtedly this album compares with the greats: Gerald Albright, Joshua Redman, Kirk Whalum...This is the kind of album which transports you away from every care you could possibly have. Feelings of joy, happiness and fulfilment will surge throughout your body as your ears absorb the rich melodious sounds. You will be captivated as heaven reveals itself through this music. Enjoy...
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