Touch 'N Go
"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 11/19/03 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.