Mark Kramer (jazz pianist)

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Mark Kramer
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Mark Kramer in late 2016
Background information
Born (1945-11-03) November 3, 1945 (age 73)
OriginPhiladelphia, United States
GenresJazz, cool jazz, modal jazz, chamber jazz
Occupation(s)Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer/engineer
Years active1980–present
LabelsTelarc, Concord, Mythic Jazz, Art of Life Records, Twinz, others
Associated actsEddie Gómez, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Charles Fambrough, Stanley Clarke

Mark Kramer (born November 3, 1945) is a Philadelphia-born jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and producer/engineer. His numerous recordings/ productions are often listed under "The Mark Kramer Trio." However, many works with acclaimed jazz bassist Eddie Gómez are listed under "Eddie Gómez and Mark Kramer" or simply "Eddie Gómez". These are significant signature co-productions.

Members of the Philadelphia Orchestra mentored him on violin from the age of five. His early jazz performances, in his teens and twenties, included those with Michael Brecker and Randy Brecker, Charles Fambrough, Stanley Clarke, and Eric Gravatt.

Over the next decades his trio went on to record a series of specialty productions including:

Thus, to date, the main part of Kramer's musical career has been as an arranger and leader of his own trios.

In addition, from the late -1980s his collaboration with co-leader - legendary bassist Eddie Gómez - has produced a far-ranging catalog of duo and trio recordings, including the Art of the Heart on Art of Life Records[4](released May 2006.) Some of these recordings are reminiscent of those produced by pianist Bill Evans.


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