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MARK MASSEY: WHAT THE CRITICS SAY

"Mark Massey is awfully good. His friendly, lyrical, melodic piano has a sound unto itself, API Coverbop and post-bop influenced, contemporarily informed, and languishing solidly in the modern mainstream. ...This is a very good trio that is together in many aspects of jazz expressionism. In larger, more interactive settings, Massey proves he has ideas that work well. ...Massey's talent being exposed is a breakthrough. A majority of jazz listeners should find this a worthwhile purchase, and a keeper. Recommended.
----MICHAEL G. NASTOS, ALL MUSIC GUIDE (CD review of "Acoustic Piano International")

Mark Massey is an excellent straight-ahead pianist who often appears in the L.A. area. ...his playing is consistently appealing. Of the trio numbers, the often-introspective "Flowers For Dorothy," the heated "Limejuicer Blues," and "Seraphs Of Terpsichore" are highlights. The opening track, "Que Garota Linda," is a particularly rewarding Latin jazz number... All in all, a well-rounded and easily enjoyable release from pianist Mark Massey."
----SCOTT YANOW (author of the books Swing and Bebop : The Essential Listening Companion), in L.A. JAZZ SCENE (April 2000)

"The Mark Massey Trio makes an exciting impression... Massey has traveled the world, performing his form of mainstream jazz for a variety of audiences. He's put together this album with an eye on the international flavor of jazz, and an ear on swing, acoustic bebop. Massey's compositions insure harmonic depth and a reverence for tradition. Scenery for the soul...reminding us that acoustic jazz is timeless and exciting."
---JIM SANTELLA, L.A. JAZZ SCENE (March 2000)

"At home, improvising fluid lines no matter what the vehicle... (Massey was) taking a short phrase and repeating it over and over to create a groove... he mixed long, winding ideas with brief, telling ones."
----ZAN STEWART, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from a live performance review)

"Massey turned the tune inside-out with his widely spaced, soft-touch chords that, after a well-developed dynamic progression, gave way to a rowdy ending. Massey is skilled at a range of tempos and feels, keeping his play accessible while never talking down to more demanding listeners."
----BILL KOHLHAASE, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from a live performance review)

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