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Flowers for Dorothy

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By Mark S. Massey

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Piano Solo - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Mark S. Massey. Post-Romantic, Post-Modern, Jazz, Swing. Lead Sheet. 3 pages. Published by Geofonica Artistworks (S0.863579).

Item Number: S0.863579

Flowers For Dorothy is a beautiful jazz waltz (in lead-sheet format here) from pianist MarkMassey's breakthrough jazz LP: API: Acoustic PianoInternational, performed by Mark Massey and his trio (Eric Stiller on acousticbass and Aldo Bentivegna on drums). In the vein of great jazz waltzes like Someday My Prince Will come, Emily, and Waltz for Debby.

In2018, the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles County Boardof Supervisors issued proclamations recognizing Mark Massey as a"Jazz Living Legend." Jazz pianist-composer MarkMassey was born and raised in Lynwood, California, where he showedearly talent on piano, trombone, and drums. During high school, hestudied classical piano and played in the bands Synopsis (withfuture trumpet giant Wayne Bergeron), and Sabor (withPoncho Sanchez and the Banda Brothers). Mark played in the PicoRivera Stage Band, which won First Place at the Hollywood BowlBattle of the Bands. Mark graduated from California State University,Long Beach (with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music), where hewas recipient of the Carmen Dragon Fellowship for composition and hewas dubbed "A Young Giant" by the National Association OfJazz Educators.

Markhas performed throughout the U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union(in the 1980s), Russia (2001), the Far East and India. He has workedwith Larry Carlton, David Benoit, Paul Horn, Hubert Laws, LouieBellson, the Side Street Strutters, Phil Upchurch, L. Subramaniam,Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson, Yehudi Menuhin, StéphaneGrappelli, and Tony Williams. Mark was featured in "The FourPianos In Concert" series along with pianists Paul Smith, PeteJolly and Steve Allen.

MarkMassey's debut CD, Acoustic Piano International, has received wideairplay on jazz radio. "API" featured nine of Mark'soriginal jazz compositions--including Flowers for Dorothy, offered here--inspired by his musical excursionsaround the globe, along with Eric Stiller (bass) and Aldo Bentivegna(drums), and guest artists Alex Acuña, percussion (Weather Report),Justo Almario, flute (Mongo Santamaria), Plas Johnson, tenor sax (ThePink Panther Theme), Bob Mintzer, soprano sax (The Yellow Jackets),and Ron Stout, flugelhorn,

Morerecently, Mark has been recording his iconic "Jazz Thoughts forthe Day" albums of original jazz improvisional compositions foreach day of the year. "Jazz Thoughts" for the months ofJanuary through July have thus far been issued.


"MarkMassey is awfully good. His friendly, lyrical, melodic piano has asound unto itself, API Coverbop and post-bop influenced,contemporarily informed, and languishing solidly in the modernmainstream. ...This is a very good trio that is together in manyaspects of jazz expressionism. In larger, more interactive settings,Massey proves he has ideas that work well. ...Massey's talent beingexposed is a breakthrough. A majority of jazz listeners should findthis a worthwhile purchase, and a keeper. Recommended.
----MICHAELG. NASTOS, ALL MUSIC GUIDE (CD review of "AcousticPiano International")

MarkMassey is an excellent straight-ahead pianist who often appears inthe L.A. area. ...his playing is consistently appealing. Of the trionumbers, the often-introspective "Flowers For Dorothy," theheated "Limejuicer Blues," and "Seraphs OfTerpsichore" are highlights. The opening track, "Que GarotaLinda," is a particularly rewarding Latin jazz number... All inall, a well-rounded and easily enjoyable release from pianist MarkMassey."
----SCOTT YANOW (author of the books Swing andBebop : The Essential Listening Companion), in L.A. JAZZ SCENE

"TheMark Massey Trio makes an exciting impression... Massey has traveledthe world, performing his form of mainstream jazz for a variety ofaudiences. He's put together this album with an eye on theinternational flavor of jazz, and an ear on swing, acoustic bebop.Massey's compositions insure harmonic depth and a reverence fortradition. Scenery for the soul...reminding us that acoustic jazz istimeless and exciting."

"Athome, improvising fluid lines no matter what the vehicle... (Masseywas) taking a short phrase and repeating it over and over to create agroove... he mixed long, winding ideas with brief, tellingones."
----ZAN STEWART, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from alive performance review)

"Masseyturned the tune inside-out with his widely spaced, soft-touch chordsthat, after a well-developed dynamic progression, gave way to a rowdyending. Massey is skilled at a range of tempos and feels, keeping hisplay accessible while never talking down to more demandinglisteners."
----BILL KOHLHAASE, LOS ANGELES TIMES (froma live performance review)

ProfessorM &M's Jive Detector is composed by Mark S. Massey
©1999 by Geofonica Artistworks (ASCAP).

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