"Relaxin' on the Edge"

  

Take the cerebral musical journey up Half Dome to the Top

and  savor the beauty and majesty of Yosemite from on high while 

“Relaxin’ on the Edge” from a sophisticated jazz perspective.

“Relaxin’ on the Edge”, is a collection of 8 original compositions which highlight Marks’ talents as a composer, arranger, and improviser.

Strong performances are heard throughout this live in studio recording of the trio, quintet, and soloist.

A diverse and fascinating musical palate is created employing swing, fusion, hip hop,

classically influenced jazz, and multiple time signatures

 

And be sure to pop the disc in your computer and watch the “Coffee, Coffee” video!

Walter White - trumpet

Chris Collins - tenor sax & flute

Nick Colandro - bass

Bob harsen - drums

Mark Moultrup - keys / vocals / arrangements & compositions

 

 

"Dar Cho"

Dar Cho cover

Dar Cho

Mark Moultrup’s 13 song collection of 10 original compositions and three classic standards.  Stylistically unique, even though the ensemble is not unusual in instrumentation, it is uniquely versatile, harmonically and texturally so original that truly they cannot be compared to any other ensemble.  Mark is the special ingredient to this unique ensemble sound.  His ability to meld elements of jazz with a classical flavoring creates a harmonically adventurous exploration of many improvisational landscapes.

 

The meaning behind the title of his latest release is a Tibetan word for "Prayer Flag" "Dar" means to increase life, fortune, health and wealth. "Cho" means all sentient beings. Prayer flags have been a part of Himalayan culture for thousands of years.  The flags do not carry prayers to 'Gods', a common misconception.  Rather, the Tibetans believe the prayers and mantras will be blown by the wind to spread good will and compassion into all pervading space, thereby brining benefit to all. It is Moultrup’s intention that this music will do the same.

 

Dar Cho is sprinkled with odd time signatures, rich modern harmonic structures, extended compositions and countless examples of Moultrup’s command on the piano.  His ability to switch gears from piano cuts to vocal cuts is again a testament to his versatility in multi-disciplines.  These examples are continuously exhibited by the varying genres contained within Dar Cho and Moultrup’s uncanny ability to deliver each with a balance between authenticity and innovation is the key element that catapults this release to its higher purpose.

John Wojciechowski - tenor sax & flute

Rodney Whitaker - bass

George Fludas - drums

Mark Moultrup - keys/vocals/arrangements & compositions

Touch 'n Go - 2004

Touch 'n Go (2004)

A piano trio release of 10 standards and one original composition featuring original arrangements of old classics, and old classics done the “old” way.

Following are the liner notes from “touch ‘n go” by Herb Boyd.

Herb is author of “Who’s Who in Detroit Jazz”, and has written articles for Downbeat, The Village Voice,

and Jazz Times magazines.

 

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." Throughout, 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

Man of the 00's - 2000

Featuring special guest guitarist Mike Stern ripping up Moultrup originals "Just Suppose" and "Eve of the 15th,

Man of the 00's also features bassist Paul Keller (Diana Krall), drummer Dave Taylor, and on the finale, "Citizen", trumpeter Walter White (Harry Conick, Wyton Marsallis) and Mark Kieme tenor sax.

Man of the 00's received several nominations for the Detroit Music Awards 2001, including: Outstanding Instrumentalist, Jazz Recording, Jazz Vocalist, & Jazz Composer.

Just Suppose - 1995

Marks' first release is mix of his own arrangements of standards, and his distinct and compelling compositions, performed both solo and with bassist Paul Keller.

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