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Songs Of Wonder

by Mark Whitfield

Jazz guitarist extraordinaire is back with a moving and personal tribute to the works of Stevie Wonder.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Isn't She Lovely (feat. Chris Botti)
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2. Superstition (feat. John Mayer)
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3. Love's In Need
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4. I Wish
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5. Overjoyed
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6. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
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7. Ribbon in the Sky
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8. Do I Do
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9. Send One Your Love
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10. Livin' For the City
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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You've seen him with Chris Botti! You've heard his solo LPs on Warner Bros, Verve, and more! Here's Mark Whitfield's latest CD - a tribute to the great Stevie Wonder, with all the raw and personal emotion that only Whitfield can bring to classic songs! The CD features Chris Botti on trumpet, John Mayer on guitar and Sy Smith on vocals and of course, Whitfield's stunning expertise on guitar... It makes for a must-have for jazz-aficionados and Stevie Wonder fans alike.

Mark Whitfield graduated from Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, the world's foremost institute for the study of Jazz and modern American music, in the Spring of 1987 having studied composition and arranging as well as all styles of guitar performance. Upon graduation, he returned to his native New York to embark on a career as a jazz guitarist that afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with many legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Clark Terry, Jimmy Smith, Carmen McCrae, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Jack McDuff, Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Burt Bacharach, Joe Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Bradford Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine and his greatest teacher and mentor George Benson.

Along the way, the New York Times dubbed Whitfield "The Best Young Guitarist in the Business" and in September of 1990 Warner Bros. released his solo debut, "The Marksman". The success of this release has led to a recording career that has produced 14 solo projects to date and a myriad of collaborative efforts with some of the most important artists in recent years; Sting, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, John Mayer, Jill Scott, Roy Hargrove, Diana Krall, Lauryn Hill, Sy Smith and Chris Botti.

In September of 2005, Mark Whitfield accepted the invitation to join the faculty at his alma mater, teaming up with Joe Lovano, Ralph Peterson, Danilo Perez, and Terry Lynn Carrington as "Artists in Residence" at the Berklee School.

While maintaining a teaching schedule that requires his presence on campus 1 day a week for 14 weeks/per semester, and a touring schedule that includes at least 100 concert dates/per year with trumpeter Chris Botti, Whitfield still manages to remain active as a solo artist and 2008-2009 will see the release of his latest solo effort; a Stevie Wonder tribute entitled "Songs Of Wonder" and 2 collaborative projects with long time friends Christian McBride and Nicholas Payton.


Discography:
"The Marksman".................................................................Warner Bros.
"Patrice"..............................................................................WarnerBros.
"Mark Whitfield"..................................................................Warner Bros.
"True Blue"..........................................................................Verve/Polygram
"7th Avenue Stroll"..............................................................Verve/Polygram
"Forever Love".....................................................................Verve/Polygram
"Take The Ride"...................................................................Verve/Polygram
"Fingerpainting"..................................................................Verve/Polygram
"Soul Conversation".............................................................Transparent Music
"Raw"..................................................................................Transparent Music
"Trio Paradise".....................................................................Vega Records
"Mark Whitfield & The Groove Masters"................................Vega Records
"Panther".............................................................................Dirty Soap Ent.


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Jane Brock

Can't wait to hear it!
Saw Mark again last night with Chris Botti and the Nashville Symphony. What a cool, genius player and performer! Can't wait to hear this album! (Hey, Mark! Thanks for meeting us after the show! We love Sy, too!)

Perry Bond

Stevie would be proud
Too many times a tribute cd falls short of greatness. However, "Songs of Wonder" is not one of those cds. This project by Mark Whitfield is one of his best. The arrangements while developed for the guitar remain true to the original melodies. Stevie would be proud. If you enjoy Mark's style of jazz and the melodies of Stevie Wonder, then this cd is a "must have". You will not be disappointed.

DocJerome

Inauguration of Wonder
Too often, we hear music projects that offer one or two gems ornamented with the run of the mill accouterments falling short on excitement, the soul of conviction, and congruity. But on rare occasion, there is the project that hits all the right chords. The one that transcends and stands up against the vicissitudes of time, trends and mediocrity. This is one such project, and marks the beginning of a fresh perspective of sonic brilliance and conception. An inauguration of a new sonic concept in jazz, laying before us in the form of familiar classic melodies and a soulful-virtuosic commitment to the guitar and music production.

jazz neophyte

"wonder"ful
Here is a wonderful new record from Mark paying tribute to the songs of Stevie Wonder. Joined by trumpeter Chris Botti on Isn't She Lovely and John Mayer on Superstition, American Idol star back-up singer and fabulous artist in her own right, Sy Smith, adds vocals to multiple tracks, as does amazing bassist James Genus and the multi-talented George Fontenette. Also joining Mark are his sons, Mark, Jr. on keyboards and fender rhodes and Miles on drums. Two outstanding tracks: Overjoyed and Ribbon In the Sky. This is a top notch addition to anyone's musical library!

Calvin Edwards

FRESH
I HOPE THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT THIS CD
IS AT THIS TIME IN THE MUSIC WORLD,KEEP IT REAL MY FRIEND THE BIG BOPPER OUT...SUPPORT LOCAL JAZZ