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Professor M & M's Jive Detector (C lead sheet, with piano & tenor sax melody)

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By Mark S. Massey

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Piano Solo, Piano Duet, Flute, Tenor Sax, Violin, Guitar, Jazz Combo - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Mark S. Massey. Jazz, Blues, Swing. Lead Sheet. 3 pages. Published by Geofonica Artistworks (S0.863535).

Item Number: S0.863535

Professor M & M's Jive Detector is a super cool, very bluesy instrumental jazz hit (in lead sheet format here) from pianist Mark Massey's breakthrough jazz LP: API:Acoustic Piano International. (NOTE: A Bb leadsheet is also available.) The piano and tenor sax interact, with sax and piano doubling the main melody (performed by guest saxophonist Plas Johnson--famed "Wrecking Crew" sax/woodwind player who was featured on The Pink Panther Theme), plus sax and piano in blues interplay and counterpoint. It's a great vehicle for musical interplay, blues/jazz improvisation, and laid-back bluesy rhythm section grooves.The API track features Plas Johnson on sax backed by the Mark Massey trio, with Eric Stiller on acoustic bass and Aldo Bentivegna on drums.

In2018, the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors issued proclamations recognizing Mark Massey as a "Jazz Living Legend." Jazz pianist-composer MarkMassey was born and raised in Lynwood, California, where he showed early talent on piano, trombone, and drums. During high school, he studied classical piano and played in the bands Synopsis (with future trumpet giant Wayne Bergeron), and Sabor (with Poncho Sanchez and the Banda Brothers). Mark played in the Pico Rivera 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 he was recipient of the Carmen Dragon Fellowship for composition and he was dubbed "A Young Giant" by the National Association Of Jazz Educators.

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

Mark Massey's debut CD, Acoustic Piano International, has received wideairplay on jazz radio. "API" featured nine of Mark's original jazz compositions--including Professor M&M's Jive Detector, offered here--inspired by his musical excursions around 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 (The Pink Panther Theme), Bob Mintzer, soprano sax (The Yellow Jackets), and Ron Stout, flugelhorn,

More recently, Mark has been recording his iconic "Jazz Thoughts for the Day" albums of original jazz improvisional compositions for each day of the year. "Jazz Thoughts" for the months of January through July have thus far been released.


"Mark Massey is awfully good. His friendly, lyrical, melodic piano has a sound unto itself, bop 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.

----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."
----SCOTTYANOW (author of the books Swing and Bebop : The Essential ListeningCompanion), 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, telling ones."
----ZANSTEWART, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from a live 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."
----BILLKOHLHAASE, LOS ANGELES TIMES (from a live performancereview)

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

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