Born: February 20, 1966 Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Mark Gross swings and sings with soul and rhythm along today's jazz vanguard. He constantly pushes the music forward, while staying true to the elements of the classic sound. Mark Gross has recorded on over 80 notable jazz recording, including 2 GRAMMY AWARD winning projects by the Dave Holland Big Band - 'What Goes Around' on ECM Records, and 'Overtime' on Dare 2 Records. Mark’s recordings 'Preach Daddy' on King Records and 'Riddle of the Sphinx' on J Curve Record and 'Blackside' on Jazz Legacy Productions have all received rave reviews.
“As record concepts go, 'Riddle of the Sphinx' is one of the most clever to come down the pike...Mark Gross is a sax man deserving wider attention who is blessed with a rich, pure tone...Clearly one of the orders of the day for jazz album projects is the conceptual approach....he has successfully plotted and delivered this course, arriving at a package that is fresh, original, and served up by a cohesive band of fine players. Could we ask for anything more? Willard Jenkins-regular contributor to Jazz Times, Downbeat, and Jazz Report Magazine ...
Awards:Grammy Award "What Goes Around" (Dave Holland Big Band) 2002 Grammy Award " Overtime" (Dave Holland Big Band) 2005
Gross is a new and powerful alto sax player who is a Cannonball type player. As you may presume ... funky is his flavor. He...shows his modern modality which is reflected in his sound. Takao Ogawa-Swing Journal, Japan