Mark Egan‘s latest musical project is a new power trio formed by the bassist, drummer Karl Latham and guitarist John Hart. The group has just released their debut album, Unit 1.
The album, released through Egan’s own Wavetone Records label features the group’s new take on nine jazz standards the band says is “reminiscent of The Police, Tony Williams Lifetime and Miles Davis’ Live Evil“. The trio mixes up a highly improvised mix of jazz, rock, Brazilian, funk and world music in their interpretations.
Egan’s long and successful career includes three platinum and three gold albums. During the 70’s while attending the University of Miami as a music student, Egan formed a group with Clifford Carter, Hiram Bullock, Billy Bowker and Phyllis Hyman. The group made their way to New York in 1976 and Egan began working with notable acts from there. The renowned fretless bassist also caught the attention of another U student, Pat Metheny, who recruited the bassist for the Pat Metheny Group in 1977. He remained in the band until 1980.
While in Miami, Egan studied privately with Jaco Pastorius. No surprise, Jaco made an impact on the young bassist.
“When I heard Jaco play it made me aware of what could be done on the electric bass, particularly with regard to grooving and soloing,” Egan shares on his website. “Jaco just made me aware of another way of thinking about the bass and music.”
Preview and download Unit 1
Unit 1 Track List:
- Old Folks
- Willow Weep for Me
- All Blues
- St. Thomas
- Mr. Clean
- Bemsha Swing
- My One and Only Love