SongVault Artist Profile
Cool Jazz / Worldfusion
Mark DeJong is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and band leader, and is also a founding member of the Outer Bridge Ensemble. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Ray Charles, Rob McConnell, Lenny Pickett, Hugh Fraser, Kenny Wheeler and Sean Jones. He has participated in the renowned Banff Jazz Orchestra Workshop, and is active as a performer internationally and across North America.
“The Unknown” features pianist Steve Hudson, bassist Mike Norrdzy, drummer Jerome Jennings and percussionist David Freeman, and reached number 2 on the Canadian campus and community radio top 20 jazz albums for 2008!
Here's what some people are saying about "The Unknown"
"Mr. Dejong congratulations on a stunning cd. Swinging jazz at its best indeed, delivered with style and panache from a wonderful outfit led by your virtuoso saxophone playing. Stunning reed sir, stunning. Your compositions are electric and engaging. The tempo and delivery is faultless. Will it get air-play here on the leading jazz show? Yes it will, and then the listeners will hear what l have had the absolute pleasure of listening to! Congratulations on an absolute gem of a cd..."
Peter Merrett PBS 106-7 FM Melbourne, Australia
“...The Unknown” focuses on the power of Mark’s tenor saxophone, whose sound remains in the foreground during the epic creations on the album. The piano and wurlitzer provide roundness and a gloomy, hidden feeling, while the solid rhythm section drives through occasional deconstruction and dramatic switches. What makes this album so good is it’s capacity to innovate while remaining accessible, and to produce a sound that goes well with standards while sounding like an album composed and produced today".
François-Samuel Fortin, Jazz Director CHYZ 94.3 - Université Laval, Quebec
..."It's been a pleasure to receive your CD,to know and to promote your music, so full of energy and poetry. It isnt a simple exhibition of good technic, but a communication of sincere "feeling" that arrives directly to the sensible listener.
Bruno Pollacci, AnimaJazz, Puntoradio FM, Italy
Recorded at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn, NY,“The Unknown” features six of DeJong’s original compositions as well as two well-known standards. The tunes demonstrate a compelling mix of funky bass lines with odd-meter arranging, infectious grooves and hard-hitting yet cohesive solos.
Produced by DeJong, the mixing was done by engineer Wayne Giesbrecht, and the mastering was completed by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York.