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Touch 'n Go

by Mark Moultrup Group

Hard swingin' modern bebop trio with original arrangements of standards.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Invitation
Mark Moultrup
7:05 $0.99
2. Speak Low
Mark Moultrup
4:53 $0.99
3. Nod to C. C.
Mark Moultrup
8:06 $0.99
4. East of the Sun
Mark Moultrup
4:51 $0.99
5. If I Should Lose You
Mark Moultrup
6:56 $0.99
6. Reflections in D
Mark Moultrup
4:49 $0.99
7. My Shining Hour
Mark Moultrup
4:43 $0.99
8. Moddy's Mood For Love
Mark Moultrup
3:36 $0.99
9. Put On a Happy Face
Mark Moultrup
4:58 $0.99
10. The Island
Mark Moultrup
5:49 $0.99
11. Along Came Betty
Mark Moultrup
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
“touch ‘n go”
2004 release – mark moultrup – piano/vocals, arranger, producer
bob harsen – drums, engineering
nick calandro – bass
guests: don mayberry – bass
jeff trudell – percussion
Janice franco – vocals
mark kieme – bass clarinet
10 standards and one original featuring interactive group interplay, improvisational vocal phrasing,
strong soloists, scat with piano, original arrangements of old classics,
old classics done the “old” way.

With each new recording Mark Moultrup extends his musical boundaries. On this venture, the intrepid pianist/vocalist has included more vocals than on his last recording. And this stretch of his vocal cords is especially rewarding on the relaxed and understated "East Of The Sun."
For the most part, the vocals are rendered in a mature, knowledgeable style made evident by his creative improvisational phrasings.

There is no mistaking Mark's selection of tunes. He is his own best producer, and to hear his unique rendition of Benny Golson's "Along Came Betty," and the use of his lower register on Ogden Nash's "Speak Low" lyric embellished with a dollop of bass clarinet, is music to the ears. On sections of “If I Should Lose You” and "Happy Face" the trio is augmented, but not with horns up front. During these moments his voice is another frontline instrument, and is particularly engaging when he scats along with the ever-efficient arpeggios of his right hand.

Bronislau Kaper's "Invitation," Joe Henderson's theme song, is given a two-fisted, even-handed approach, if that's not citing too many fingers. For this tour de force, Mark's full use of the piano, his incredible technique is set free here, and this may be his real forte.

As always with a Mark Moultrup recording, there's a delightful intelligence at work, an intuitive feel for his sidemen, most notably here–drummer Bob Harsen and bassist Nick Callandro.

—Herb Boyd
Review written by Herb Boyd. Herb Boyd is the author of several books on the history of jazz in Detroit, including "Who's Who in Detroit Jazz" with Leni Sinclair and "Jazz Space Detroit" with Barbara Weinberg-Barefield, and is currently working with Yusef Lateef on his autobiography. He's also been a contributing writer for the Village Voice, Jazz Times, and other music publications.

Mark Moultrup Group “touch ‘n go”
Song INFO:

Invitation: Instrumental
straight ahead 4/4 medium up tempo swing, trio dialog, piano & bass solos

Speak Low: Vocal
Latin - Original arrangement with percussion, and bass clarinet added,
piano solo – nice groove, easy feel

Nod to C. C. Instrumental – Moultrup original
Modern acoustic fusionish, 4/4 straight ahead, modal – piano & bass solos
C. C. = Chic Corea

East of the Sun: Vocal
Straight ahead easy listening swing – bass solos first, then piano

If I Should Lose You: Vocal
Ad lib piano/vocal intro, then straight ahead medium swing: solos – piano, bass, scat

Reflections in D: Instrumental
Duke Ellington composition. Atmospheric, floating feel. Possibly ECM sounding

My Shining Hour; Vocal
Original arrangement: Back & forth from bashing 3/4, a la McCoy Tyner,
then 2bl X up tempo swing. Piano solo – strong drums throughout.

Moody’s Mood for Love: Vocal
The old standard ballad done the “old” way. Janice Franco sings the “girl’s” part

Put on a Happy Face: Vocal
Straight ahead, up tempo swing. Solos: organ, bass, drums trade “8s” with organ
Scat on vamp going out

The Island: Vocal
Brazilian, relaxed feel. Piano solo

Along Came Betty: Instrumental
Straight ahead medium be bop, piano solo, short bass, drum interlude, nice vamp out.

Mark Moultrup: Keyboardist, Vocalist, Composer, Arranger
Marks’ early music experiences include studies with, then working with Marcus Belgrave.
His diverse background includes work in jazz clubs and festivals, studio work, funk & top 40 dance groups,
vocal accompanist with many artists including Mike Stern, Pancho Hagood, Larry Smith, Smokie Robinson, Eddie Kendriks, David Ruffin, Leslie Gore, and in the theater for touring companies of "Grease" and "Showboat".
His original compositions are on his own CDs, promo spots, children’s CDs, and were featured in the Fox Sports Awards Show 1999, Fox Sport Network.

The Mark Moultrup Group has appeared at the Ford-Detroit International Jazz Festival four times,
The Michigan Jazz Festival, The Petoskey Jazz Festival, the Birmingham Jazz Festival,
They perform concerts and events for the Michigan Arts and Humanities Touring Directory, and regularly
work in area jazz clubs.
Bob Harsen – Drums
Berklee graduate has performed with Randy Brecker, Frank Gambale, Bob Shepard, John Patitucci, Peabo Bryson, Ernie Watts, Brian Bromberg, Paul Butterfield, Richard Elliot, Melissa Manchester and the Broadway production of Bob Fosse’s “Big Deal”.
Bob conducts percussion clinics, and endorses many lines of drum gear.
Nick Callandro - Bass
His musical experience covers a wide variety of styles including: jazz, blues, rock, pop, folk, children's music
and even polka. Nick has performed with Rob McConnell, The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, The Fifth Dimension,
Billy Branch, "Mr. Bo" Collins, The Velvelettes, Sesame Street's Bob McGrath, and Myron Floren.
Nick teaches privately and also summer music sessions schools, working with students learning improvisational
skills and fundamental skills of playing jazz in a group setting.



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