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A Balance of Light -- with Bobby Watson by Mark Kleinhaut Trio

Guitarist Mark Kleinhaut has been a well regarded player in the Northeast for three decades. A member of the advisory board of the jazz studies program in the School of Music at the University of Southern Maine, he also serves as President of the Maine Jazz Alliance when not engaged in musical pursuits or his day gig as a banker. The former protégé of Ted Dunbar has a delicate, yet strong touch as is demonstrated on these eight original compositions, written specifically for this collaboration with alto great Bobby Watson.

The interplay between the two is most impressive on the Latin flavored opening number, "Ferdinand and Isabelle" and the quick-witted "Four Lane Clover," one of the standout pieces on the disc for which they trade and share space. The assistance lent throughout this beautiful program by bassist Jim Lyden and drummer Les Harris, Jr. can’t be overstated.

On "South of Mason" Kleinhaut and Watson meld meticulously on a bop theme, while "Field of Greens" flirts with Monk. "Erikita," another of the most impressive numbers on the program is a lush medium tempo ballad, and the magnificent closer, "Summers" is full of shifting tempos and raging musical waters that spotlights the talents of all parties. Watson is a joy here, and Kleinhaut’s lines are as adventurous as exciting. A beautifully written and performed disc, A Balance of Light is a delight.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Mark Kleinhaut Trio
  • CD Title: A Balance of Light -- with Bobby Watson
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Invisible Music
  • Rating: Four Stars
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