by Dave Rogers, WTJU

Mark Whitfield – Grace (Marksman Productions): Guitarist extraordinaire Mark Whitfield brings out the family for this gift of fire, melody and spirited technique and it truly is a family affair. In addition to dad, the group also includes sons Davis (piano, keys) and Mark, Jr (drums). “Honorary” family member Yasushi Nakamura (bass) is also on hand and there is a guest vocalist, Sy Smith, who both added lyrics and sings the title song. Each performer here is stunning. Whitfield has long been recognized as a terrific player and to my ears this is one of his best performances ever. Truly electric and virtuosic with a style all his own. The group is as tight as could be and everyone is in top form. Unreservedly recommended!

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