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The Mark Harper Project

by Mark Harper

Anointed Jazz record label is proud to release this extraordinary collection of songs featuring guitarist Mark Harper. Through his signature style, this CD offers an exciting, smooth, and fresh flavor to the Cool Jazz/R&B genres.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Dedication
3:52 $0.99
2. At Sunset
4:57 $0.99
3. Twenty III
4:44 $0.99
4. Get Away
3:41 $0.99
5. Sailing
6:04 $0.99
6. Give Me Love
4:20 $0.99
7. More of You
4:48 $0.99
8. In A Hurry
5:58 $0.99
9. Normandy
4:34 $0.99
10. By 6PM
3:43 $0.99
11. On Less Bell
4:49 $0.99
12. Onesimus Returns
4:55 $0.99
13. Expressions
4:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
A native from Flint, Michigan, Mark is a seasoned guitarist, performer, and multi-platinum award winner, who is introducing yet another side of his creative abilities to the world. Mark began his professional career at the young age of 12. He continued to practice and develop his style while playing with various bands in the Flint area. During this time, Mark had to balance his love for music with his ever-increasing athletic abilities. In the end, when push came to shove, he “leaned” toward the notes. Now the notes have scripted a musical journey that is reflective of his heart and soul.

The early musical influences in his life were as varied and as accomplished as Mark himself is proving to be. Those influences include people such as: George Benson, Wes Montgomery, Al McKay, Phil Upchurch, Kenny Burrell, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton. Through the years Mark was able to gather influences from different genres of music as well. His style is reflective of those influences and can be heard in the music he has contributed to; i.e., Kirk Franklin’s, “The Nu Nation Project”, Tom Braxton’s “Bounce”, and Tower of Power’s “Great American Soul Book”. In addition to these projects, Mark can be heard on many others. Mark has also had a broad live stage presence, having performed with: Kirk Whalum, Toby Keith, Charlie Pride, Ronnie Laws, Yolanda Adams, BeBe Winans, and Phyllis Hyman. As Mark begin to transition his career he spent 6 years as a member of the Wayman Tisdale band. He then went on to be the lead guitarist for the famed funk sensation, Tower of Power. Now Mark is launching his sound with his own band.

The unique sound of Mark can be heard and experienced on his new release, “The Mark Harper Project”. This project captures Mark’s creative, technical, writing, and production abilities. The release offers 11 new songs and fresh arrangements of two classic songs: One Less Bell and Sailing.

Mark is also the leader of The Mark Harper Acoustic Band. The Mark Harper Project and The Mark Harper Acoustic Band are exciting to see and listen to. The Acoustic Band, specializing in Jazz, Latin Jazz, CuBop, and other styles of music, provide the listener raw excellence with great musical imagery. The Mark Harper Project band provides that same imagery through Cool Jazz, Smooth R&B, and wonderful vocal ballads.

Mark says, “To me music soothes and is often a vehicle G-D uses to heal. It is my desire to allow Him to use me as an instrument to provide comfort, joy, and healing in the life of others. I believe it is my purpose in life to reflect all that He has to offer through the gifts and talents He has given me, with the chief one being my guitar.”

Please extend a warm and enthusiastic welcome to a guitarist extraordinaire, Mark Harper.



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The Best CD This Year
I have been in the music business for over 30 years and in jazz radio for almost as long. This CD is a musical testimony that music can be smooth, articulate, and soulful all at the same time. I was very surprised that this musician had not released a solo project prior to this one. I had to find out more about this guy. When I started digging I was very very impressed with his musical history! The very first song caught my ears. I said to myself...this sounds familiar. I kept listening and it sounded like Wayman Tisdale. I was sort of right. Mr. Tisdale is playing on the first cut Dedication. Wow!!!! What a song! I kept thinking how could this be since we lost Mr. Tisdale. But after digging some more It all came to light. Mark Harper spent time in Mr. Tisdales band, and that was the connection. Mr Tisdale's touched several cuts from this recording. Folks...I can not tell you how much I am enjoying this music! There are even two remakes on the record. Being in the business for as long as I have you just feel some songs should be left in it's original form. Well two of those songs I felt that way about were Sailing and One Less Bell. But after hearing Mark Harper's version of these tunes I had to change my mind! I was floored! To top it all off it seems that Mr Harper produced this record along with a gentleman named Tony Blaine. This is a winning combination! Mr Tisdale must be proud! To all of my radio friends...this CD will bring freshness to your playlist. I has brought freshness and new listeners to mine. Enjoy!

Tom Bache-Wiig

Who IS This Guy?
It appears that veteran guitarist, Mark Harper, has emerged from the long shadow cast by what can only be described as being "the love-child of Wes Mongomery and George Benson", grown and fortified with a steady diet of funk.

Warren Frazier

Wonderful CD
I am profressional DJ, and i listened to the 1st two tracks and was hooked. This is a must CD for all smooth jazz lovers. The CD is so smooth that you wont stop listening. Mr Harper thanks for such a great CD I will for sure be adding it to my playlist. You cant go wrong with this one.

Warren Frazier

Tony Johnson Review
Jazz artist Reggie Stokes out of Dallas, TX hit me up and asked if I ever heard of “The Mark Harper Project” and if not I really needed to check it out and do a review on it. Unfortunately I never heard of Mark Harper but of course I took my good friend advice and I was extremely blown away from what I heard from start to finish.
Jazz guitarist Mark Harper who was a longtime band member and friend of the late Wayman Tisdale and also toured with R&B/Funk group Tower Of Power has released his debut back in 2010 “The Mark Harper Project”.
3 years after its release “The Mark Harper Project” is still going strong and according to Mark Harper he says “The project is still very fresh and it seems to be touching the hearts of music lovers all over”
“The Mark Harper Project” is no doubt a smooth jazz classic to my ears. Every song is nice and enjoyable especially if you’re taking a nice long road trip definitely highway music at its best.
Although I love all the songs on the “The Mark Harper Project” but my personal favorites are “At Sunset”, The remake of Christopher Cross “Sailing”, “More of You”, “In A Hurry”, “Normandy” & “By 6PM” but once again I love the ENTIRE project from start to finish.
Definitely a must buy for any “TRUE” Jazz and R&B fan. You won’t be disappointed especially if you love what I call “REAL” music.
Can’t wait for the release of “The Mark Harper Project Vol.2″

Jonathan Pike

Worth the Wait!!!
his has been one of the" who's who" most talked about albums to emerge in a very long time. While I was in NYC last fall the bassist from Rod Stewart remarked he had heard about Mark Harper 's new CD being mastered on the West Coast and couldn't wait to hear it. From his three year run as guitarist with Tower of Power, Mark Harper's solo career has begun on a high note much like fellow past players of TOP like Richard Elliott's rise to fame.

The live performance I saw was just like the CD with an extra helping of dA Funk! The band was all A list and included fellow MAC Band "Roses are Red" bandmate D-MAC on vocals and percussion. Brilliance is the first word that comes to mind, KILLER GROOVE is the second! This CD is certainly a soon to be classic and is in the TOP of my playlist. I give as a gift to friends regularly. It is nice to have "1 UP" on your friends don't you know... :^)

Pamela Black

May I add to your exposure of great musicians...Pamela's Place
Hey there Mark!

Nice Work! How are you? My Name is Pamela Black and I am the smooth contemporary jazz air personality for KUNV 91.5 FM Las Vegas. Your music very nice and it will set a sensational vibe at Pamela's Place! Would consider your release for exposure and air play on my radio show which airs every Saturday & Sunday morning. I have been on air now almost 10 years airing the best smooth jazz musicians from all over the world and I mean "the Best!" Do you have a press kit or media kit you could send directly to me? Check out my credentials and get back to me DIRECTLY Please! I invite you to listen to my show (if you can) this Saturday & Sunday 7a-10a PST. We are streaming Live at and I have thousands of listeners all over the world. I am also on Face book and myspace. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care and caramel Kisses to you!

Tom Foote

Nu-Smooth ?
Smooth Jazz & funk were both missing in action, then Mark Harper decides to not only combine the two,but also mix in a little R&B spice to top It all off !
Smoking hot, yet fluid, tastefully articulated guitar on top of funky rhythms.......
When asked what's hot, my answer is The Mark Harper Project !