Pianist, Composer, Music Educator
Mark Christopher Brandt, piano
Glenn Harris, acoustic bass
Stan McMullen, drums
Warmup released May 1, 1994
Technically speaking, Warmup was Mark's first recording as a leader. It was released on cassette tape and sold locally in the Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia region of the East Coast. When the last unit from the original pressing was sold, the project was shelved. According to Mark, Warmup had served it's purpose and he was ready to move forward with his own compositions. Warmup is out of print and not available for purchase.
Liner Notes from Warmup
This work is titled Warmup because it is a beginning for me. As a pianist, these jazz standards mostly represent an introduction to who I was in 1991. Stylistically speaking however, they are in fact a warmup to who I have become in 1994.
Everything I do inevitably has elements of jazz in it. My arrangements always have a very large "wing it" factor for maximum expression through improvisation. In the future, however, I will feature my own compositions when I turn on the tape recorder.
Since early 1992, many people have asked me where my trio is playing, and if we have a recording out? For this reason, I decided to release this particular tape (recorded 12/15/91), as a debut. It is however, as much for those who have never heard of Mark Brandt as it is for those who have.
Warmup was recorded on a dual cassette deck boom box in the lobby of a local hotel. It was finally mastered to DAT at Bias Recording Studios Inc. on April 20, 1994. I am very pleased with the results thanks to Bill McElroy of Bias, and Eileen Joyner of Oasis Recording Inc. The "fun" message that this trio always tries to convery comes through nicely.
Mark Christopher Brandt