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A View from the Mind's Eye

by Mario Cruz

Most of us imagine thoughts and images without external stimuli. This is sometimes referred to as originating from “The Mind's Eye”. This is a collection of some of my imagined stories, transformed to this musical realm.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. The Most Difficult Virtue
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2. Dancin' the Funky Tango
5:48 $0.99
3. The Tangled Web
3:06 $0.99
4. A View from the Mind's Eye
7:16 $0.99
5. The Lonely Giant
8:00 $0.99
6. Now, But Not for Long
7:34 $0.99
7. Desires of the Soul
7:24 $0.99
8. Speaking in Forked Tongues
7:17 $0.99
9. The Blind Leading the Blind
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10. That Which Matters
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As a professional saxophonist, Mario Cruz has toured and recorded with an eclectic array of music luminaries. From jazz artists Jaco Pastorius and Randy Brecker to pop icons Bruce Springsteen and Natalie Cole, Mario’s musical interests are equaled only by his diversity. In his Armored Records debut, he continues this diversity, while keeping his vision on cultivating his own unique music concept.

Mario Cruz - all saxophones & woodwinds, compositions, arrangements and orchestrations.
Addison Frei - piano and keyboards.
Jeff Plant - electric basses
Young Heo - acoustic bass
Matt Young - drums
Ginny Mac - accordion

"Mario Cruz's new CD is a killer with great playing, writing, production and a lot of surprises. Mario should be much better known...he's one of the very best we have, so let's hope this great CD gets his name out there!!"
- Randy Brecker

"I've been a fan of Mario's playing since I heard him at the University of Miami many years ago. I didn't however know him as the brilliant composer that he is. The writing on his current recording is stunningly beautiful. While listening to it the first time, I was struck by its freshness, lyricism, harmonic and melodic invention and soulful engaging grooves. It is music that bears repeated listening and I look forward to doing so. I invite you to do the same. Bravo Mario!"
- Rick Margitza

"Mario Cruz’s latest project brings the listener through a comprehensive musical journey full of adventure and stunning contrasts that includes a variety of styles, orchestrations (several gorgeous arrangements for strings and other instrumental surprises), and some well-placed silences. Mario’s compositions are elaborate and complex internally but externally there is a strong melodic component that will engage any listener. Mario and his band mates are absolutely and impressively flawless in their technical execution but are also musically sensitive and sincere in expression. This music will transport you."
- Rich DeRosa, director of jazz composition and arranging, University of North Texas and chief conductor of the WDR Big Band

"I have long admired both Mario Cruz's writing and playing, which shines through brightly on "A View From the Mind's Eye". His compositions are natural expressions of an artist that knows what he want's to say, and how he wants to say it…Mario is one sophisticated jazz artist."
- Jim Snidero, New York, NY



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