Mark Gross - alto saxophone
Allyn Johnson - piano
Ark Ovrutski - bass
Eric Kennedy - drums
New music for his next project and and music from + Strings adapted for quartet
Mark Gross is an alto saxophonist who grew-up on gospel music at Baltimore’s Mt. Zion C.O.G.I.C., where his father was pastor. The combination of emotion and rhythm naturally transferred to the jazz idiom and the freedom of expression and exploration the music offered. Gross earned a BA in music performance from Berklee College of Music .His approach to the horn is based in jazz heritage, but is full of modern attitude, tone and vocabulary. His album, + Strings, finds him exploring three originals and seven standards with a sense of purpose and adventure -- and with strings! The arrangements are by:Gross, Tommy James, Anthony Branker, Bobby LaVell, and Joris Teepe.