Groove – Episode #7: Mark Egan

Mark Egan

Mark Egan has a very specific sound. Whether it’s from co-founding the jazz fusion band, Elements, or being a part of the Pat Metheny Group… or from the Gil Evans Orchestra to his work with Sting, Joan Osborne, Cyndi Lauper or Art Garfunkel. The smooth, fretless electric bass sound is unmistakably his.

Egan spent a significant amount of time honing his musical skills in Florida. He studied at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, and also spent time hanging out with Jaco Pastorius. He’s not just a bass player, but a passionate musician who – to this day – is thinking about newer ways to deliver a deeper tapestry of sound with his instrument.

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  1. MikeyOnBass

    Once again Mitch, great podcast. Mark has been around for quite some time and it’s great to hear the enthusiasm in his voice after all this time. He’s a great player and I wish him continued success.

  2. Thank you for another great podcast, Mitch. You keep upping the ante with each episode. Like most people folks, Mark Egan’s playing came onto my radar with the Metheny Group. I wore out my copies the s/t Metheny Group album (the “white album”) and especially “American Garage.” I had the good fortune of seeing Elements play live in the late 80s and fell in love with the sound of Mark’s Pedulla fretless. He is a constant innovator whose music just keeps getting better and better.

    • I regret that I did not keep both my vinyl and cassettes from that time in my life. They would be worth nothing, because of how worn out they were. They would be worth everything as a memory :)