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Mark Hollingsworth

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Born: September, 1961    Primary Instrument: Saxophone

A passionate musical thrill seeker, Chasing the Sun is the powerful expression of Mark Hollingsworth's lifelong mission to search for the best in music from every style around the world. The result is a fresh, clear sound that dares to push the boundaries of contemporary music itself. Having worked with a broad array of legendary artists from Santana to Luther Vandross, Alice Cooper to Stevie Wonder, Hollingsworth has indeed explored the world.

A first-call session player and magna cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hollingsworth has recorded music for movies, television and cartoons in settings from symphony orchestras to jazz combos....
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From SmoothJazzTherapy.com

Hollingsworth has delivered a contemporary jazz album that possesses a level of intelligence way above the norm.

‘Chasing The Sun’ sets Mark Hollingsworth apart as someone who is daring to be different. Consequently it’s refreshing that the album is catching the attention of traditional jazz stations as well as those of contemporary and smooth jazz persuasion. Given that several have already added three or more tracks to their play-lists, the chances are Hollingsworth is set for quite a 2008.

From ContemporaryJazz.com

For the last week I've been trying to find the right words to describe veteran studio saxophonist Mark Hollingsworth's latest release, Chasing the Sun. I keep going back and re-listening to these well composed, excellently performed, but totally dissimilar 13 tracks. How best to describe what's on Chasing the Sun; Brecker Brother-ish, Steely Dan like, Tropical, Latin, New Orleans, Exotic, Brazilian, JB Horns, and Romantic...” whew! Hollingsworth is obviously a real talent on sax and flute...

From the SaxShed.com

Very nice job Mr. Hollingsworth. Mark shows he is a wonderful flautist in addition to playing saxophone and clarinet.

There is something for everyone...” and particularly those who are fond of top-notch saxophone and woodwind playing.

From Jazz Review.com

...the music is uplifting and keeps your feet moving.

...Mark Hollingsworth's music is just as good the second time around. His debut album On The Mark introduced audiences to his upbeat style, and his second album Chasing The Sun re-enforces his upbeat treatments. His music is sleek, sophisticated and positive in their images.

As a Leader

Chasing the Sun
Windshore Music
2007
Tracks: 1.Spirit of Adventure; 2.Open Throttle; 3.Tropic Breeze; 4.Spice of Life; 5.Doing My Own Thing; 6.Chasing the Sun; 7.A Higher Plane Intro; 8.A Higher Plane; 9.High Velocity; 10.Crawfish Pie; 11.Sambarosa; 12.Stowaway; 13.Undercurrents; 14.Darwin's Voyage.

Personnel: Mark Hollingsworth - Saxes, Clarinets, Flutes, Ethnic Flutes. James Wirrick - Electric and Acoustic Guitar. Curtis Brengle - Piano, Organ, Rhodes. Bart Samolis - Electric and Upright Bass. Sinclair Lott - Drums. Brian Kilgore - Percussion. Bill Armstrong -Trumpet. Nick Lane - Trombone.

As a Leader

On the Mark
Windshore Music
200
Tracks:1 Steppin' Up; 2 Sunset Rose; 3 Catch This; 4 Only an Illusion; 5 Back in Love Again; 6 On The Mark; 7 One More Thing; 8 Bahia Moonlight; 9 Hot Nights; 10 Prairie Rains.

Personnel: Mark Hollingsworth - Saxes, Clarinets, Flutes, Ethnic Flutes. James Wirrick - Electric and Acoustic Guitar. Curtis Brengle - Piano, Organ, Rhodes. Dan Siegel - Rhodes. Bart Samolis - Electric and Upright Bass. Sinclair Lott - Drums. Brian Kilgore - Percussion. Bill Armstrong -Trumpet. Nick Lane - Trombone.

As A Side Musician

too many to mention - see website

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Alto: Selmer Reference, 3 Java reed, Vandoren / Tenor: Selmer Mark VII, 2 & 1/2 Vandoren V16 reed, Otto link (Florid, late 70's) / Soprano: Selmer SA 80 series II, Hempke ..3& 1/2 reed, Selmer hardrubber mouthpiece. / Bari: Yamaha 62, LaVoz MedHard or Hempke 3& 1/2 reed, and a Lawton metal B star mouthpiece. Powell flute & picc Buffett Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Mic: AKG TLII and Mojave MA-200 for WWs and AEA r84 ribbon for certain things. API pre's

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