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About Mark Egan and Truth Be Told
One of the premier electric bassists of contemporary jazz, Mark Egan has distinguished himself over the past 30 years as an in-demand session player, valued sideman, prolific composer and respected leader in his own right. His distinctive fretless bass sound has graced countless jazz and pop albums as well as award-winning movie and television soundtracks. A charter member of the Pat Metheny Group, he has played on multi-platinum-selling recordings by Sting, Arcadia and Joan Osborne and has also recorded with a wide variety of artists from pop stars like Roger Daltry, Sophie B. Hawkins, Marianne Faithfull, Judy Collins, Cyndi Lauper and Art Garfunkel to jazz notables like David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, Gato Barbieri, Freddy Cole, Jim Hall, Mark Murphy and Larry Coryell. A member of the Gil Evans Orchestra for 13 years, Egan has also racked up seven albums as a leader and ten as a co-leader of Elements, the band he formed in 1982 with his Pat Metheny Group band mate, drummer Danny Gottlieb.
On Truth Be Told, his latest release on his own Wavetone Records label, Egan reunites with longtime colleagues Mitch Forman (keyboards) Bill Evans (saxophones) and Roger Squitero (Perdussion). Mitch is one of the first players that I met when I came to New York in 1976," says Mark. He later played on my solo debut, Mosaic, in '85. And Bill and I have a longstanding history that goes back to loft sessions in 1981 and shortly thereafter to the first Elements recording."
This powerhouse quartet project is fueled by drummer extraordinaire Vinnie Colaiuta, who brings his considerable chops to bear on funk-fusion offerings like 'Gargoyle,' 'Caf Risque,' the up-tempo burner 'Rhyme or Reason,' the hard-hitting Mahavishnu flavored 'Pepe' and the slamming title track. I have played with Vinnie more recently," says Egan. We played a Weather Report tribute at the Iridium jazz club in New York and we also both played on Bill Evans' Soulgrass record in 2006. I was always a real fan of his playing, from his work with Frank Zappa to recordings he made with Joni Mitchell, Sting, Steely Dan, Chick Corea and John McLaughlin. I was lucky to be able to find a window to be able to record him because he's so busy these days with everyone from Herbie Hancock to the Corea/McLaughlin Five Peace Band to Jeff Beck. We hit it off great in the studio and the music came together really well and very quickly. We recorded for three days at Avatar Studios in New York without any rehearsals beforehand. I had sent rough demos and sheet music to everyone and we pretty much just played it down a few times in the studio, found our way, then took just a few takes per song. It was a very intense process as well as a lot of fun."
What Critics Are Saying About Truth Be Told:
Mark Egan often provides subtle accompaniment, holding things together with his bass work and making other musicians look good in his role as a studio musician. The music on Truth Be Told shows off his extroverted side as he blazes through an assortment of funk/fusion tracks with some formidable sidemen along for the ride."--Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
Music that is brimming with challenging, tightly executed heads yet full of urgent, free blowing solos. A killer outing." --Bill Milkowski