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Mário Franco

Born: October 20, 1965    Primary Instrument: Bass

Mário Franco

Mário Franco started music lessons at the age of 4 in Centro de Estudos Gregorianos. After one year in Lisbon Conservatory where he studied harp, singing and music theory he went on to Academia de Amadores de Música, where he continued his studies in music theory with Cristina Brito da Cruz, and started double bass lessons with Fernando Flores, and composition with Pedro Rocha as well as studying chamber music.

He subsequently became interested in jazz. and became a member of the Lisbon Hot Club. After having bass guitar lessons with António Ferro he began taking Double bass lessons with David Gausden and playing in jam sessions; also took part in workshops with Rufus Reid, Niels Henning, Orsted Pederson, Eberhard Weber, etc....
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As a leader:

"This Life" Mário Franco Quintet with David Binney
Tone of a Pitch Records
2006
Track listing: This Life; Herança; Errante; Tentativa; Eterno Imperfeito; Backstage Home; Web Woman; Chegada; Web Woman (reprise).
Personnel: Mário Franco: bass; David Binney: alto saxophone (1,6-8); Jesse Chandler: organ, piano, melodica; André Fernandes: guitar; João Gomes: Rhodes, sampler; João Lencastre: drums.


"Our Door" Mário Franco Trio
Tone of a Pitch Records
2013
Track listing: Número 1; Paramour; Intro To Our Door; Our Door; Giant Steps; Os Velhos; Backyard; How my Heart Sings; Ballad for Bernt; Vine; Giant Steps (alternate take)
Personnel: Mário Franco: bass; Sérgio Pelágio: guitar; André Sousa Machado: drums.

As a Side Musician: (Selected CDs)

"Serra sem Fim"
João Paulo
Farol Música
1993
Track listing: Samba sem Fim; Serra de Algures; Tambores da Terra; Valsa para o não parecer; Lua Cheia; Paisagem
Personnel: João Paulo: piano; Jorge Reis: alto saxophone; Mário Franco: bass; José Salgueiro: percussion

"Descolagem"
Tomás Pimentel
El Tatu
1994
Track listing: Raiz; Três uma vez; Vince; Descolagem; A Ponte; Arde o Mar; Hino dos Enganos; Pastiche
Personnel: Alexandre Frazão: drums; Tomás Pimentel: Fliscorne; Jorge Reis: alto; Mário Franco: bass; António Pinto: guitars; Edgar Caramelo: tenor sax; João Paulo: piano "Luz Destino"
Ricardo Rocha; Maria Ana Bobone; João Paulo; Mário Franco "Luz Destino"
Ricardo Rocha; Maria Ana Bobone; João Paulo; Mário Franco
MA Recordings
1996
Track listing: Fado Cigano; Fado Azenha; Fado Correeiro; Dueto; Leve,Breve,Suave; Que Deus me Perdoe; Sabe-se Lá; Fim; Degrau; Fragmentação em ornamento; Fado Cravo; Três Bairros; Fado Não Sei Quem És; São Miguel; Frenesi; Improvisação.
Personnel: Ricardo Rocha: portuguese guitar; Maria Ana Bobone: voice; João Paulo: harpsichord; Mário Franco: contrabass.

"O que me diz o espelho d'água"
José Peixoto
Farol Música
2000
Track listing: O que não se vê; Como brilha; Afinal era só isto; Que sente uma nuvem sozinha no céu?; A memória contempla o reflexo; Expectativa; Palma; Alegre Outono; Outra luz diferente; O que me diz o espelho de água.
Personnel: José Peixoto: classical guitar; Mário Franco: acoustic bass

"Aceno"
José Peixoto
Zona Música
2003
Track listing: Caixinha de Pandora; Furtivo; Mais uma tarde; Perto do Poente (a visita da Lua); Frágil como uma pétala; Espaços; Doce Crescente; Lua que tens?; Alguêm viu o Alex; Estranha a vida da medusa; Estio; Choveu e nem uma brisa.
Personnel: José Peixoto: 8 strings guitar; Mário Franco: acoustic bass; José Salgueiro: percussion; Mário Delgado: guitar; Quiné: percussion; Mário Barreiros percussion; Ralph Towner: guitar; Manuela Azevedo: voice; Filipa Pais: voice

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