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Que Garota Linda (C leadsheet, with flute and piano lines)

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By Mark S.Massey

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Piano Duet, Flute, Violin, Hand Percussion, Guitar, C Lead sheet (for flute or other C instrument, piano, and jazz combo.) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Mark S.Massey. Jazz, Latin Jazz, Bossa Nova, Latin, Afro-Brazilian. Lead Sheet. 4 pages. Published by Geofonica Artistworks (S0.863517).

Item Number: S0.863517

Que Garota Linda is a high energy, very exciting, Brazilian-Latin style instrumental from pianist Mark Massey's breakthrough jazz LP: API: Acoustic Piano International. The piano and flute interact, with the flute (performed by guest flutist Justo Almario) and piano trading sections of the main melody, and then providing dynamic background hooks and counterpoint. It's a great vehicle for musical interplay, jazz improvisation, and high energy rhythm section playing. The API track featured Eric Stiller on acoustic bass and Aldo Bentivegna on drums, with guest percussionist Alex Acuña of Weather Report, backing Mark Massey and Justo Almario.

Que Garota Linda was also covered by jazz guitarist Charles Small, a dynamic version the style of Wes Montgomery, which can be heard here:


In 2018, 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 Mark Massey 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 Bowl Battle 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, Louie Bellson, the Side Street Strutters, Phil Upchurch, L. Subramaniam, Freddie Hubbard, Maynard Ferguson, Yehudi Menuhin, Stéphane Grappelli, and Tony Williams. Mark was featured in "The Four Pianos In Concert" series along with pianists Paul Smith, Pete Jolly and Steve Allen.

Mark Massey's debut CD, Acoustic Piano International, has received wide airplay on jazz radio. "API" featured nine of Mark's original jazz compositions (including Que Garota Linda, 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 issued.


"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

"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."

"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)

Que Garota Linda is composed by Mark S. Massey
© 1999-2020 by Geofonica Artistworks (ASCAP).

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