Mark J Inouye | The Trumpet & The Bull

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The Trumpet & The Bull

by Mark J Inouye

Check out America's most exciting new jazz trumpeter Mark J Inouye and his Debut Album featuring 7 of his most innovative and unique compositions.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Contempti-Bull
9:55 $0.99
2. Groggy
8:23 $0.99
3. The Prince Bull (Appointed Surreptitiously)
7:26 $0.99
4. Find the Cheese
9:50 $0.99
5. Cinderella
9:00 $0.99
6. The Lady Bull
6:50 $0.99
7. Washington Ave. Sidewalk Grooves
7:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Mark J. Inouye is one of a very select group of trumpeters, equally at home in the worlds of jazz and classical music. After attending the University of California at Davis for two years as a civil engineering major, Mr. Inouye transferred to the Juilliard School and later played with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur. He was a guest performer at the Hollywood Bowl in the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and toured the United States with Toccatas & Flourishes, the nationally acclaimed organ and trumpet duo. He has appeared as a soloist in Wynton Marsalis’ video production, Marsalis On Music, which aired on BBC2 in Europe and on PBS in North America. He was also a soloist with the Tanglewood Wind Ensemble led by Seiji Ozawa. Mr. Inouye toured in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the United States with the Empire Brass Quintet. He was Principal Trumpet with the Charleston Symphony and played Associate Principal Trumpet in the San Francisco Symphony. Mr. Inouye was the Principal Trumpet with the Houston Symphony from 2004-06 and appeared as a soloist performing the Tartini Violin Concerto, arranged for trumpet.


Three tracks were taken from The Bull Behind the Horns – Jazz Suite, which I started writing in 2003. We have so many sayings that involve parts of the bull – “bull's-eye”, “bull-headed”, “grab the bull by the horns”, I wanted to write a piece just about the Bull itself. I ended up having more and more inspiration and ideas about “The Bull” that it became a Suite. The nice thing about doing this is that I kept it open ended so I could add pieces as new ideas came to me. So here’s a little bit of information about my compositions on the album The Trumpet & The Bull. Enjoy!

Thanks for checking out the album,


1. The Contempti-Bull: An up tempo, high-energy opening track that gets the bull off and running.
2. Groggy: A relaxed medium swing tune I wrote late at night when I was half asleep.
3. The Prince Bull (Appointed Surreptitiously): A bluesy tune in 11 that really swings when the full band starts playing!
4. Find The Cheese: I had the idea for this one summer when I was living in a small Italian town (Martina Franca). I was constantly lost in the zig-zag of streets between my apartment and the piazza where I performed. My roommate and I felt like little lab mice desperately in search of our apartment, the prize, which we aptly nicknamed “the cheese.”
5. Cinderella: I wrote this ballad a long time ago for a girl . . . who is now happily married . . . to somebody else.
6. The Lady Bull: This is a tune that keeps changing it’s colors and can’t make up its mind. It’s part waltz, part swing, part afro-cuban, and part chaos.
7. Washington Ave. Sidewalk Grooves: This hard driving samba was born out of a rhythm created on some grooves in a sidewalk in Miami Beach. The syncopated rhythm blended very well with the Latin influences of the city.

Finally, I would like to thank my friend Carol Morgan who inspired me in more ways than she knows to play jazz again.



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David Burkhart

Mark Inouye: A new toreador in the jazz arena!
Mark Inouye is the quintessential 21st-century trumpeter, a creative force whose artistry, sound, and dazzling technique serve whatever music he's playing. In "The Trumpet & The Bull" it's his own music: joyful, refreshingly effervescent bop. Great arrangements. Great ensemble. Great solos. Always swinging. There's a new toreador in the jazz arena!

Brad Wetmore

UC Davis' loss was the world's gain.
As a fellow bandsman at UC Davis, we were sorry to see Mark go off to New York, but we expected great things. He hasn't disappointed. My wife and I very much enjoyed this debut album, and hope to see more. Especially enjoyed "The Prince Bull", which has a Brubeck "Take 5" quality about it: you do notice it's not typical 4/4, but the feel is so perfect that the mixed measures don't feel at all out of place.

Bill Bennett

A great listening experience. Virtuoso performances of flavorful new jazz tunes!
Mark Inouye is that rare virtuoso with complete classical command of his instrument, an immediate comfort level with the jazz idiom and a bright, imaginative, compositional gift. His colleagues are similarly adept. "Find the Cheese" is one of my favorite contemporary tunes.

E Trager

Mark there anything he can't do? Principal trumpet with major symphonies, classical and jazz virtuoso, and now composer and performer (along with other amazing talents) on a wonderful debut album called "The Trumpet and the Bull." Inouye is a brilliant trumpet player and his sound on this album is rich and soulful. This album has it all: Blues, Latin, Afro-Cuban and smooth jazz. This is a much have album for all jazz lovers!

Allan Henderson

I bought this CD quite a while ago and it gets regularly played. It reminds me of those late 1950's/early 1960's Blue Note and Prestige recordings but with a more up-to-date feel. I know Mark has what must be a demanding classical career but I hope he can find the time to record a follow up to The Trumpet & The Bull soon.

Aileen Kader

This CD is no-holds-barred Mark Inouye.
This CD is no-holds-barred Mark Inouye. The musical composition and variety are great, the sound quality is superb, and the performance of the musicians is exceptional. No screaming saxes here…only well-honed talent. In a word…OUTSTANDING!

Bob Flentge

An Awesome Listen!
I fully expected Mark Inouye to give a great performance, however, I was delighted to hear that he was surrounded by such outstanding jazz musicians. The selections move effortlessly from hot to mellow and back again. Great arrangements with supersonic unison riffs and fantastic interplay between the performers in the improvised sectons.