Greetings from Saxophone World!

I'm continuing to work hard on my new collection of Motown tunes; it's sounding very nice and I'm excited.  

In the meantime, if you're an instrumentalist and would like to check some play-along versions to my recordings, go to the smooth jazz play-alongs page.  

Also, just a reminder: I released two other albums this year.  The first, Imagine, is my saxophonic tribute to The Beatles.  I've always been a huge Beatles fan so I'm very excited and happy to have recorded this collection.  Many of them, in my humble opinion, are quite lovely: Imagine, All You Need Is Love, and Let It Be are a few of my favorites.  And check out the groove on Come Together and the vibe on Yellow Submarine - very different and interesting!

The second album, The Promise Of Spring, is a collection of very sublime and relaxing new age piano pieces I composed and recorded.  It's been a long, cold winter up here in Ann Arbor, but spring has sprung, and The Promise Of Spring is a meditation on the feeling of hope and joy that this season brings.  I've always been a frustrated piano player and this album really gave me the opportunity (and excuse) to sit down and submerse myself into the grand piano.  I loved composing and recording these songs; I hope you love them, too.

If you're new to my music, you can learn more about me on my About page, but the short story is this: I'm a saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist, composer, and recording artist; I've recorded a lot of music over the years and I'm recording more all the time.  I've sold hundreds of thousands of my albums and songs, and my songs have streamed over 25,000,000 times.  People seem to like what I record; I know I enjoy recording it!

My music tends to be very romantic, relaxing, and sensual; people use it for sex music, soft background music, dinner music, easy listening music, etc.  Some of what I record is upbeat and uplifting: backyard party music, etc.  I'm actually pretty versatile: I also recorded some excellent blues music and some very lovely smooth jazz Christmas

So relax and enjoy the music.  Use my Contact Page if you want to reach me - I'd love to hear from you.


​~ Mark

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Gray Matter - EDM Saxophone Podcast

We're in the process of putting together a collection of production music, the kind of music you'd use behind, say, a YouTube video.  These are little pieces that won't necessarily have saxophone in them - they're really just designed to be ambiance in the background.  But a few days I came up with this one that I thought was just crying out for some sax so I conceded the point and laid some tenor down. 

It's only a couple of minutes long, just a test really, but I like it.  What do you think?

Leon Russell wrote "This Masquerade" 

One of the songs on my album And I Love Her is the great classic, This Masquerade. 

Everybody knows the George Benson version, because it was a world-wide hit and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1977.  

But most people don't know it was written some years earlier by Leon Russell.  The song appeared on the B-side of Russell's 1972 hit "Tight Rope".  His version was also part of the soundtrack for the psychological thriller film Bug.

Here's a video in If you can struggle through the intro, the original… Read more

"Spooky" Was Composed By The Sax Player! 

Most people don't know that the song Spooky, made famous by the Classics IV, was actually originally recorded as an instrumental by saxophonist Mike Shapiro in the mid 60s.

It was later rerecorded by the Classics IV in 1967 after guitarist James Cobb and producer Buddy Buie added the lyrics. Apparently, Mike Shapiro had the same publishing company as Cobb and Buie, who heard the tune, liked it, and put lyrics to it.

The classic element of this story is that Shapiro ended up playing the great sax solo on the… Read more