Unit1 Rockin at Ca d’Orcia

Unit1 headlined the Roc Ca d’Ocia Festival in Italy August 15th

It was a great concert and hang in Tuscany! Looking forward to future shows there!

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Unit1 at Shanghai Jazz in Madison NJ Friday September 18

Unit1 returns to Shanghai Jazz in Madison NJ for another great evening of jazz!

 

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05/21/13

Mark Egan/Karl Latham/John Hart
Unit 1
Wavetone Records

Not that fans who’ve been following bassist Mark Egan’s long and remarkable career need reminding, but this leaderless ensemble’s recording debut is yet another illustration of just how well versed he is in the art of the electric trio.

While flashes of similarities to Egan’s work in like settings are inevitable, the performances captured on Unit 1 swiftly reveal a distinctive brand of jazz-funk propulsion and interplay, a match of wits featuring drummer Karl Latham and guitarist John Hart in equally prominent roles. Several jazz and pop standards, including tunes by Thelonious Monk, Ann Ronell, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins, provide grist for the trio’s willfully out-of-kilter mill.

It’s a power-trio-generator, all right, but what often stands out amid the 16th-note rhythms, spiky harmonies and syncopated drive is a keen sense of dynamics, especially when the focus shifts to Hart’s feather-light phrasing, Latham’s deft brushwork and Egan’s fretless bass finesse. Although improvisation is the album’s primary thrust, with most of the tracks running between six and nine minutes, melodies linger and charm during “Old Folks,” “Willow Weep for Me” and “My One and Only Love.” What’s more, Hart’s sheer soulfulness and unmistakable blues affinity subtly complement Egan’s rippling undercurrents and Latham’s deep grooves.

Well worth the wait, Unit 1 was recorded five years ago at the club Bula in Newton, N.J. Here’s hoping Egan, Latham and Hart offer an update soon—in or out of the studio.

The Best Jazz of 2013

2013 Electric Bass: Mark Egan

2013 Electric Guitar: #2 John Hart

2013 Drums: #7 Karl Latham

The results of the 35th Annual Jazz Station Poll conducted by jazz journalist, jazz historian & jazz educator Arnaldo DeSouteiro

 

Mark Egan and Unit1 in Italy August 15th

Rocca d’Orcia Summer Festival

SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015

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Following its latest box office hit, Rocca d’Orcia Summer Festival, the multi-event dedicated to culture and organised by  Podere Forte at stunning Rocca d’Orcia, will soon be back with a really exciting 2015 edition from 7 to 25 August. The programme features several big names, whose performances will include blues, classical and pop concerts, drama, and films. The highlight is American guitarist Mark Egan’s only Italian show on the 15th August. A debate on healthy food and life styles will be held on the same day, in the afternoon, in collaboration with the “Il Tricolore della   Salute” association. Alike the first edition, the second will also boast Fabrizio Poggi and Tino Cappelletti duo on stage, playing blues music on 18 August. Local heritage will star in a show on the Carta Libertatis della Rocca d’Orcia in collaboration with the local “Talenti Tintinnani” drama society. “Cantine Aperte al Podere Forte”, a food & wine evening for the locals with popular music and dancing, will be held on 17 August. Finally, time for classical music with the partnership of the “Paesaggi Musicali Toscani” project – which took off last year in San Quirico d’Orcia and Pienza, which will present the “London Brass” in Rocca d’Orcia on 16 August, followed by a gala dinner in Rocca a Tentennano stunning green setting. Admission free to all events, except the culinary evenings and the “London Brass” performance on 16 Aug

Unit1 in JazzTimes “50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2013” list

50 of the Top Jazz CDs for 2013

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This writer’s 3rd annual list of 50 of the best jazz releases, circa 2013, doesn’t come close to containing all the excellent new CDs that he was privileged enough to hear during the year. As usual, the list is in alphabetical order, thus in that sense playing no favorites. Pictured alongside this list is the cover of the New Gary Burton Quartet’s Guided Tour CD, which is on the list but has more importantly just received a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Jazz Album.

Eric Alexander– Touching
Neil Alexander– Darn That Dream
Aperturistic Trio– Truth and Actuality
The Bechet Legacy– Birch Hall Concerts Live
Alí Bello– Connection Caracas-New York
Terence Blanchard– Magnetic
Michael Blanco– No Time Like the Present
Kenny Burrell– Special Requests
New Gary Burton Quartet– Guided Tour
Lou Caimano / Eric Olsen– Dyad Plays Puccini
Ian Carey Quintet + 1– Roads and Codes
Glenn Cashman’s Southland Nonet– Music Without Borders
Etienne Charles– Creole Soul
Cecelia Coleman Big Band– Who Am I?
Steve Coleman and the Five Elements– Functional Arrhythmias
Eddie Daniels / Roger Kellaway– Duke at the Roadhouse
Michael Dease– Coming Home
Aaron Diehl– Bespoke Man’s Narrative
Mark Egan / Karl Latham / John Hart– Unit 1
Amir ElSaffar– Alchemy
Matthew Finck / Jonathan Ball Project– It’s Not That Far
Ken Fowler / Behn Gillece– Top Shelf
Bob Franceschini / Mark Sherman– Project Them
Cleave Guyton, Jr.– Introducing the C.P. Heptet
Scott Hamilton– Swedish Ballads…and More
Fred Hersch / Julian Lage– Free Flying
Tim Horner– The Head of the Circle
Mike Jones Trio– Plays Well with Others
Matt Kane Trio– Suit-Up!
Tom Kennedy– Just Play!
Richard Lanham– Thou Swell
Billy Lester– Storytime
Mark Masters Ensemble– Everything You Did
Christian McBride– People Music
Miami Saxophone Quartet– Four of a Kind
New York Voices– Live with the WDR Big Band Cologne
The O’Farrill Brothers Band– Sensing Flight
Steve Owen– Stand Up Eight
Gregory Porter– Liquid Spirit
P.J. Rasmussen– Adventures In Flight
Ali Ryerson Jazz Flute Big Band– Game Changer
Steve Slagle– Evensong
Anthony Smith Vibraphone Quartet– Connections, Vol. One
Chucho Valdes and the Afro-Cuban Messengers– Border-Free
Hristo Vitchev Quartet– Familiar Fields
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet– Latin Jazz / Jazz Latin
Frank Wess– Magic 101
Warren Wolf– Wolfgang
Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra– New Celebration
Craig Wuepper– Leaps and Bounds

BassPlayer BP Recommends Unit1 March 2013 Issue

Review:Mark Egan, Karl Latham, John Hart
By CHRIS JISI
Mon, 11 Mar 2013

UNIT 1
[Wavetone Records]

Fretless master Mark Egan’s über-versatile trio (with guitarist John Hart and drummer Karl Latham) reimagines bebop classics live with an East Coast edge. Applying straight-16th grooves to the normally swung “Epistrophy,” “Bemsha Swing,” and “Mr. Clean” (also just covered by Marcus Miller) creates a fresh canvas for mind-locked interplay and Hart’s heavy blowing. Elsewhere, the standard “Old Folks” becomes a modal Afro-bossa with a killer outro, while the doubletime treatment of “Footprints” boasts Egan’s finest solo turn.

JazzTimes Review Mark Egan/Karl Latham/John Hart Unit 1

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05/21/13

Mark Egan/Karl Latham/John Hart
Unit 1
Wavetone Records

By Mike Joyce

Not that fans who’ve been following bassist Mark Egan’s long and remarkable career need reminding, but this leaderless ensemble’s recording debut is yet another illustration of just how well versed he is in the art of the electric trio.

While flashes of similarities to Egan’s work in like settings are inevitable, the performances captured on Unit 1 swiftly reveal a distinctive brand of jazz-funk propulsion and interplay, a match of wits featuring drummer Karl Latham and guitarist John Hart in equally prominent roles. Several jazz and pop standards, including tunes by Thelonious Monk, Ann Ronell, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins, provide grist for the trio’s willfully out-of-kilter mill.

It’s a power-trio-generator, all right, but what often stands out amid the 16th-note rhythms, spiky harmonies and syncopated drive is a keen sense of dynamics, especially when the focus shifts to Hart’s feather-light phrasing, Latham’s deft brushwork and Egan’s fretless bass finesse. Although improvisation is the album’s primary thrust, with most of the tracks running between six and nine minutes, melodies linger and charm during “Old Folks,” “Willow Weep for Me” and “My One and Only Love.” What’s more, Hart’s sheer soulfulness and unmistakable blues affinity subtly complement Egan’s rippling undercurrents and Latham’s deep grooves.

Well worth the wait, Unit 1 was recorded five years ago at the club Bula in Newton, N.J. Here’s hoping Egan, Latham and Hart offer an update soon—in or out of the studio.

Unit 1 – Jazz Weekly Review

What a joy this last record is. Bassist Mark Egan, best known for his stint with Pat Metheny and his own band Elements, has one of the most identifiable and pleasant electric bass sounds around. Here, he teams up with kindred spirits John Hart/g and Karl Latham for a fresh look at jazz standards. Sure, you’ve heard material like “Old Folks,” “All Blues” and “My One and Only Love” a billion times, but these guys put an bit of funk and world music feel into the idiom, and it fits like a pair of blue jeans out of the dryer. The pair of Monk tunes, “Epistrophy” and “Bemsha Swing” have a sizzle that is irresistible, while “Footprints” has an alluring spacey-ness to it. Their interplay, particularly on the calypso “St. Thomas” is something that can only be achieved by artists who have this music in their dna. What a blast!!!

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Unit 1 Review – JazzTimes

markegan3Unit 1 has been described as a “jazz-funk power trio,” but it has a certain refinement that precludes bombast or overplaying, thanks to an acute rapport and the refreshingly original arrangements of well-known tunes on this live recording. Guitarist John Hart, an infrequent leader but sideman extraordinaire, gets a chance to shine and makes the most of it, and bassist Mark Egan and drummer Karl Latham more than hold their own, making for a well-balanced and always interactive musical flow. These three musicians’ past credits are impressively wide-ranging, from the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Jack McDuff and James Moody (Hart), to Pat Metheny, Sting, and Gil Evans (Egan), and Johannes Mossinger, Joe Lovano, and Johnny Winter (Latham). The striking music comes from three 2008 performances at the club Bula in Newton, NJ, but has only recently been released on Egan’s Wavetone label. Unit 1 should appeal to fans of jazz, funk, blues, and fusion alike.

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Unit 1 Review – Jazz Station

markegan3So far the best fusion album released this year, “Unit 1” was actually recorded live at the small Bula club (in Newton, New Jersey) from March to May 2008. Mark Egan & Co. taped three gigs and selected their favorite moments. The result is impressive, a fiery collection of jazz classics – from Thelonious Monk to Wayne Shorter to Weldon Irvine – performed by a power trio that combines creativity, energy, swing and great grooves; something very different from similar groups that seem able only to play loud and say nothing.

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