Marcus Gerard Band (formerly Mark Lahargoue Quintet) | Graces

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by Marcus Gerard Band (formerly Mark Lahargoue Quintet)

Instrumental Jazz-Fusion compositions by Bassist Mark Lahargoue featuring some the Bay Area's hottest players: Ernest Carter/Drums, David Rampley/Guitar, Garry Jones/Horns, Ramon Lazo/Piano.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Gift
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
4:01 $0.99
2. Song For Mom
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
6:27 $0.99
3. Graces
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
3:33 $0.99
4. Between The Lines
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
5:26 $0.99
5. Quickstep Lane
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
4:34 $0.99
6. Graces (extended version)
Mark Lahargoue Quintet
7:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
Born and raised in San Francisco, bassist and songwriter Mark Lahargoue has been a part of the Bay Area music scene since the 1980s where he learned to play jazz, on the San Francisco streets, from legendary saxophonist Clifford Haynes. Mark, and his fellow bandmates have had an opportunity to perform with some of the most accomplished musicians in their respective fields: John Lee Hooker, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Herbie Hancock, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many others.

Now living on the SF peninsula, Mark has hooked up with some of the hottest musicians on the scene: Ernest Carter (drums), Ramon Lazo (piano), Garry Jones (saxophones), and finally David Rampley (guitars), to create a new and contemporary jazz sound.

Rarely will you hear 'old school' jazz together with a 'smooth' jazz sound in one collaboration. Until now. Graces (2005), Mark's first publicly released CD, is a collection of skillfully written jazz compositions, played by talented musicians, whose musical influences are very apparent as you listen to the CD. The band can swing with tunes like "Between the Lines," explore rhythms of blues and funk in "Quickstep Lane" and "The Gift," and 'break it down' with ballads like the soon-to-be classic "Song for Mom;" with new compositions being written for an upcoming CD release.



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Love Quickstep.....Bassist gets a bit funky I like that!


Fantastic. Gary Jones is great on my favorite. Sax.
I Think its a great C.D. I have it ranked alongside Kenny G and David Sandborn.

Spenser Chalkley

My daddy plays this CD for me because I keep asking to hear "the Gift." I love it, and I'm only four years-old so I don't know how to lie yet. I put the CD "repeat" and listen to it over and over. I love it. My daddy is also happy that I found something "classy" to listen to. We both recommend 'Graces' highly!!

Eloise Wiggins (Ellis)

The CD is great. I heard about it from my friend Harry Bennett in Arkansas, we are both classmates of Garry Jones. I pulled it up on the internet and let my co-workers listen to it also. They all loved it. Garry is outstanding.

J. R. Vinson

Great fireplace and wine-sipping easy listening...
This bay-area quintet has produced one of my current favorite easy-listening CD's. Mark Lahargoue has put together a winner with Graces. From the languid passages of Song for Mom performed with love and melancholy by the group and featuring the poignant alto of Garry Jones, to the up-tempo kick-butt fun of Quickstep Lane, this album is like a great hors d'ouevre... really tasty and leaves you wanting more. A great effort. Most enjoyable. Thanks to Mark, Garry, Ramon, David and a rock-solid Ernest. All the stars.