The Mark White Octet | Can't We Be Friends

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Can't We Be Friends

by The Mark White Octet

West Coast Jazz played with an East Coast attitude!
Genre: Jazz: West Coast Jazz
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1. Can't We Be Friends
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2. By the River Sainte Marie
3:24 $0.99
3. Paris in the Spring
4:22 $0.99
4. Let's Face the Music and Dance
3:07 $0.99
5. Suze Blues
3:34 $0.99
6. Manhattan
3:15 $0.99
7. Little Bird
3:17 $0.99
8. Dance for Daddy
3:10 $0.99
9. Gone with the Wind
4:12 $0.99
10. You're My Everything
3:56 $0.99
11. Claudia
4:46 $0.99
12. Java Junction
4:13 $0.99
13. I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling
3:47 $0.99
14. Summer Night
3:10 $0.99
15. I Used to Be Color Blind
4:13 $0.99
16. Jazz Goes to Siwash
4:30 $0.99
17. One Note Samba
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18. Boss a Supernova
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Album Notes
The Mark White Octet is a jazz group dedicated to swinging, precision ensemble performances of charts written by stellar jazz arrangers that feature the exceptional instrumental/improvisational skills of all the members. The group is based on the original Dave Pell Octet that featured many of the West Coast’s finest jazz instrumentalists from the 50’s and 60’s including Dave Pell, Art Pepper, Andre Previn, Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Jack Sheldon, Mel Lewis, Tommy Tedesco, and many more. The arrangements written by Marty Paich, Bill Holman, Shorty Rogers, and others are exquisite, detailed, and sound as fresh and modern as they did on the original recordings. In addition, our octet performances and recording, Can’t We Be Friends? , feature new arrangements by Richard Lowell, longtime Berklee faculty member, and a monster jazz musician/educator/arranger. Dick Lowell’s new charts blend perfectly with the existing Pell library, touch base with the past, yet, move forward musically, breaking new ground in the jazz tradition.
The musicians in this ensemble are among the finest in the New England area-or anywhere for that matter! Each is a dedicated jazz artist bringing superlative instrumental, interpretive, and ensemble skills to the group as well as a wealth of performance experience in the theatre, classical, and commercial music genres. All group members are professional jazz educators and several hold positions currently at leading music institutions.
We feel a great responsibility to expose a new generation to and bring to light some amazing jazz music that needs to and deserves to be rediscovered. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy playing it!



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Suzanna Sifter

Awesome writing!
Inventive arrangements, stellar musicianship, and true cool jazz.. Mark White is a gifted and creative improviser and arranger. This recording is a must-hear for listeners who love smooth horns, tasty lines, and excellent jazz guitar. Bravo!