Court Mast

Court Mast

Jazz composer/cornetist Court Mast - Sausalito Summer

Sausalito Summer, the CD released in August, 2008 by Sausalito jazz composer and cornetist Court Mast is, as one might suppose, a musical love letter to that colorful, cozy, delightful town snuggled onto the shore of San Francisco Bay just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. And like the town itself, Sausalito Summer is in turns soothing, funky and festive, with a steady stream of sea breeze to clear the mind. The recording is a lyrical, spirited delight, built for comfort but laced, as well, with stirring moments and happy musical surprises.

The captivating joie de vivre and musical excellence of Sausalito Summer was highlighted immediately by the critical response to the CD. Jazz radio reacted quickly and approvingly, as Sausalito Summer, a mere two months after its release, was being featured on over 120 radio stations and online jazz sources across the U.S. Since then, the recording has held its own, and its spot on those play lists, quite nicely.

Reviewers have been equally enthused. Paul Liberatore of the Marin Independent Journal said, “The CD sparkles with waterfront-inspired tracks.” And Rotcod Zzaj of IMPROVIJAZZATION Nation wrote, “If you're looking for an album that allows you to kick back and groove, Court's magic cornet/trumpet will do it all for you, no doubt.”

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It was a pleasure listening to your CD. You are an excellent trumpet player, composer and arranger. I especially enjoyed the sequencing of the compositions. It really brought dynamics and flow to the CD. Obviously you've spent a lot of time perfecting your craft. I wish you all the best, and I'm looking forward to hearing your next project. Sincerely, Eddie Henderson -- Eddie Henderson, jazz trumpeter

Influenced by Henry Mancini, Chuck Mangione and Steely Dan, the [Sausalito Summer] sparkles with waterfront-inspired tracks like “Water Street,” “Jib Jive,” “Gold Coast,” “Sailing Home” and “West Wind”..

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