JazzWatch #49 | Mark Whitfield

Guitarist, composer and bandleader Mark Whitfield’s guitar is a joyful sound. His clarity has long shone through in ballads and burners. Whitfield takes the language of guitarists George Benson, Grant Green and Kenny Burrell and has emerged with something of his own – a sound that is unique, powerful and far reaching. He has been featured with a diverse group of players and singers including Chris Botti, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Smith, Burt Bacharach and many more. However, Whitfield is especially proud of his latest project – a stellar band that includes son Davis Whitfield on piano and son Mark Whitfield Jr. on drums. Whitfield reveals that the group has a new recording in the can.  Look for its release soon. In the meantime, they’ll be road-testing the material on the road in the months to come.

For more info on Mark Whitfield, visit http://www.markwhitfield.com.

Songs heard on this week’s episode: “Blues for Davis Alexander” and “Businessman’s Bounce”.