Mark Egan

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Mark Egan
Background information
Born(1951-01-14) January 14, 1951 (age 64)
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
GenresJazz fusion, Jazz
InstrumentsBass guitar, trumpet
Years active1976 - present
LabelsWavetone records
Associated actsElements
Pat Metheny Group
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Mark Egan
Background information
Born(1951-01-14) January 14, 1951 (age 64)
Brockton, Massachusetts, United States
GenresJazz fusion, Jazz
InstrumentsBass guitar, trumpet
Years active1976 - present
LabelsWavetone records
Associated actsElements
Pat Metheny Group

Mark Egan (Born 1951 in Brockton, Massachusetts) is an American jazz bass guitarist and trumpeter, arguably best known for his membership in the Pat Metheny Group from 1977 to 1980, and the Gil Evans Orchestra.[1] He is co-founder of the jazz fusion band, Elements.

Egan has maintained a solo career, with three platinum and three gold albums to his credit, and has served as bandleader of his own ensembles to positive reviews. Egan has additionally played on soundtracks for film, and has kept busy as a session musician, often contributing his skills to many famous musicians, within a variety of genres.

Egan has recorded with Sting, Arcadia, Roger Daltrey and Joan Osborne, among others; performed with Marianne Faithfull, David Sanborn, John McLaughlin, and Sophie B. Hawkins. and has played on the soundtracks to such American television shows and movies as Aladdin, The Color of Money, A Chorus Line, NBC Sports, ABC's All My Children, "CNN/Headline News" and numerous television commercials. Egan continues to tour and record worldwide with his group as well as Elements, Bill Evans, Larry Coryell and various other artists.

Early career[edit]

Influenced by his father, Egan first studied trumpet at age 10. He played the trumpet throughout high school, and switched to the bass when he was 15. While attending the University of Miami's Frost School of Music, he studied with jazz educator Jerry Coker. While in Miami he also became friends and performed with Ira Sullivan, Pat Metheny, Danny Gottlieb, Clifford Carter and many other inspirational players. Within that same group was the now-famous fretless bass guitarist, Jaco Pastorius, who Egan lists specifically as a revolutionary performer and influence. Since Pastorius and Egan both lived in Florida in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Egan got to know him and even studied Pastorius' approach to the bass, going so far as to take formal courses with him.[1]


Egan has released eight albums as a leader. One of the most recent, Direction Home, features pianist Mitchel Forman and drummer and former Pat Metheny Group bandmate Danny Gottlieb. Within Elements, the group that he co-leads with Danny Gottlieb, he has released 10 recordings. He has also created three music videos: "Om Yoga & Meditation," "Music on the Edge," and "Bass Workshop," a bass instructional video. He has appeared on the soundtracks of movies including Two Moon Junction, The Object of My Affection, You've Got Mail and The Color of Money. Egan is also featured on drummer Ken Serio's 2008 release Live... In The Moment. He recorded an album, Urge, with trumpeter Forrest Buchtel, Jr., featuring, among other things, the theme from CNN Headline News.[1]


Mark Egan founded his own record label, Wavetone Records, in 1992.[1]

As a leader[edit]

With Elements[edit]

With Various Artists[edit]

1977David Sanborn BandDavid SanbornWarner
1977Exclusively YoursGordon GordyRCA
1977Half and HalfVicki Sue RobinsonRCA
1977HechizoFrank QuinteroCBS/Sony
1977Promise Me The MoonDavid SanbornWarner
1977Soul VillageWalter Bishop Jr.Muse Records
1977TornaderJohnny WinterPolydor
1978CubicleWalter Bishop Jr.Muse Records
1978Infinity IsSonny FortuneAtlantic
1978Stolen MomentsMark Murphy32 Jazz
1978Pat Metheny GroupPat Metheny GroupECM
1979MonumentsJackie McLeanRCA
1979PerspectiveSteve GrossmanAtlantic
1979With Sound ReasonSonny FortuneAtlantic
1979American GaragePat Metheny GroupECM
1980Cosmic CityDavid MatthewsKing Records
1980Horn of a Different ColorJerry PeelBull Records
1980Satisfaction GuaranteedMark MurphyMuse Records
1980TangerDwight DruickRio Records
1981Beauty's SongStan SamoleLotus
1981Billy Highstreet SambaStan GetzPhonogram
1981Concerto de AranjuezJim HallKing Records
1981Music of Chick CoreaAndy LaverneJazzline
1981Ross TrautRoss TrautHeadfirst
1981Wrapped In A CloudGil GoldsteinMuse Records
1982Artistry of Mark MurphyMark MurphyMuse Records
1982DuneDavid MatthewsCTI Records
1982Manhattan CarnivalDave TofaniSolo Winds Inc
1982Objects of DesireMichael FranksWarner
1983Grand ConnectionDave Matthews Orch.GNP/Crescendo
1983Star ClimberMitch FarberMuse Records
1984IslandsScott CossuWindhamHill
1984Living in the Crest of a WaveBill EvansElektra
1984TheatreGeorge GruntzECM
1985A Chorus LineMovie SoundtrackPolygram
1985AmandaRandy & ElianeCanyon
1985Hanalei BayLew SoloffKing Record
1985PushBill EvansEscapade
1985Skin DiveMichael FranksWarner
1985So Red The RoseArcadiaCapitol
1985Speed DemonDave MathewsKing Record
1986AquamarineDanny GottliebAtlantic
1986They Cannot KnowDino Betti Van Der NootSoul Note
1986FarewellGil EvansKing Record
1986Live at Sweet BasilGil EvansKing Records
1986Modern MannersSpecial EFXGRP
1986Slice of LifeSpecial EFXGRP
1986SoloMimi FarinaRounder
1986The Alternative ManBill EvansBlue Note
1986The Color of MoneySoundtrackMCA
1986Trade WindTerumasa HinoCBS/Sony
1986Upside DownsideMike SternAtlantic
1987Alti PlanoAlex DigrassiNovus
1987Bud and BirdGil Evans
1987FarewellGil EvansKing Records
1987Gift of VisionMark KnobleHighland Records
1987Homeage To John ColtraneDave LiebmanOwl
1987Nothing Like The SunStingA&M
1987NougayorkClaude NougaroWarner
1987The Camera Never LiesMichael FranksWarner
1987They Cannot KnowVan Der NootSoul Note
1987Three Way MirrorAirto MoreiraReference
1988A Chance for a DanceDino Betti Van Der NootNowo Spa
1988Back to BeckJoe BeckDMP
1988BodyToshio KameiCBS/Sony
1988Double FeatureSpecial EFXGRP
1988Forbidden ColorsTania MariaCapitol
1988Music of Chick CoreaAndy LaVerneDelta
1988My RomanceLew SoloffKing Record
1988Punch LineSoundtrackA&M
1988Sampler '88VariousNovus/BMG
1988The Green Chinese TableSeigen OnoVirgin
1988WhirlwindDanny GottliebAtlantic
1989Away from HomeDavid BrozaEMI
1989Glamour CampGlamour CampEMI
1989MoonstoneToninho HortaVerve Forecast
1989Songs from the Lost WorldJonathan EliasEnigma
1989Strange AngelsLaurie AndersonWarner
1989Strange DaysDavid Van TieghemPrivateMusic
1989Struck By LightningAirto MoreiraVenture
1989Tears of JoyTuck and PattiWindhamhill
1989There Were SignsBill GablePrivate Music
1989Tribute to GilGil EvansSoul Note
1989Turning PointRory BlockMunich Records
1990Dade In The ShadeThe DadeBigWorld
1990FriendsJoe BeckDMP
1990Party in the BasementPete LevinGramavision
1990StarclimberMitch FarberMuse Records
1990The Unspoken HeartRodney JonesMinor Music
1990Where You Lay Your HeadBill CosbyPolygram
1991AfoxeErnie WattsCTI
1991Cool RunningJeremy WallBuffalo Records
1991Home AgainDavid WilcoxA&M
1991Little WingLew SoloffSweet Basil
1991Marc CohnMarc CohnAtlantic
1991Standards of LivingTom Bones MaloneBigWorld
1991StorytellerPhilippe SaissePolygram
1992GlidingStan SamoleJazz Inspirations
1992Last SessionSting & Gil Evans
1992Music On The EdgeVariousCTI
1992NY First CallsDavid MatthewsFunhouse
1992Rocks in the HeadRoger DaltreyAtlantic
1992Stained Glass MemoriesScott CossuWindam Hill
1992Tongues and TailsSophie B. HawkinsColumbia Records
1992Walkin' Into the SunClifford CarterSoul Coast
1992YoukaliJim HallCTI Records
1993CollectionSpecial EFXGRP
1993Driving Into the SeaBabel HoundsBig Cow
1993Free FallingRed GrammerRed Note
1993Happier BlueChris SmitherFlying Fish
1993Killer BeesAirto MoreiraB&W Music
1993Laughed LastLili AnelPalmetto
1993Little VictoriesDarden SmithSony
1993Rainbows RevengeGlenn AlexanderShanachie
1993The Sands of TimeGil GoldsteinMuse
1994A Dip In the PoolA Dip In the PoolEpic
1994Barney's Favorites Vol. 2Roberta FlackCapitol
1994Bassic Instinct 3Mark Egan W/Various ArtistsNotes on Call
1994Gao, Volume IGaoVap
1994SaxualDan MorettiPar
1994Simple ThingIssei IshidaEastWest/Warner
1994The Power Of CoolDonald HarrisonCTI
1994Tropical EscapeCraig PeytonEarth Flight
1994Wonder ChildGaoVap
1994World TourJason MilesLipstick
1995A Little Trip to the Stone CircleIssei Ishida Moon
1995A Secret LifeMarianne FaithfulIsland
1995Abandoned GardenMichael FranksWarner
1995Big TripChris HunterSweet Basil
1995Calling YouWilliam GalisonVerve Forecast
1995FingerpaintingJoe BeckWavetone
1995Honey ManGil EvansNewtone
1995Miss You in New YorkT-SquareSony
1995PearlsDavid SanbornElektra
1996Hombre de BluesJafRCA/BMG
1996I'll Be Your Baby TonightBernadette PetersAngel
1996Mango TheoryFlying Monkey Orch.Monkeyville
1996Mortal CityDar WilliamsRazor and Tie
1996PushJohnathan Pagano
1996Regarding the SoulDee CarstensenExit Nine
1996RelishJoan OsborneBlue Gorilla
1996Signs of LifeJeff CiampaWavetone
1996Speed DemonDavid MatthewsKing Records
1996TornadoRory BlockUni/Rounder
1997DigDig ThisWingnut Music
1997End of the SummerDar WilliamsRazor and Tie
1997From a Parent To a ChildArt GarfunkelColumbia
1997From here to NichternityDavid NichternNudgie
1997Loaded Leather MoonroofDon RossColumbia
1997Open DoorMichael WhalenHelicon
1997Reluctant PilgrimStephan SchwartzLML Music
1997Starfish In The MoonBill EvansEscapade
1997VA-Street NewsBob MagnussonCap Records
1997Who's afraid of Mark Egan with the big bad BassVarious ArtistsHot Wire
1997You Don't Know MeBilly JamesUptown Sound
1997Zone UnknownGabriel Roth and MirrorsRaven Records
1998Between UsJules ShearHigh Street Records
1998Fearless DreamerPam FlemingInfinite Room
1998Holiday Songs and LullabiesShawn ColvinColumbia
1998LargoLargoBlue Gorilla
1998The Wave is ComingArmsted ChristianSiam Records
1998Where are You NowDeanna KirkBlackbird
1998Who Loves You (Tribute to Jaco Pastorius)Various ArtistsVictor
1999Bleeker StreetVarious ArtistsAstor Place Records
1999Butter, Live at Mojo'sDave MullenDave Mullen
1999Che CorazonGato BarbieriColumbia Records
1999I Remember YouYujiro WadaKing Records
1999Modern Man JohnSheehanSheehan CDS
1999My WindowEd LittmanYeah Man
1999Of Near and Distant LandsBilly EricMirror Wizard
1999Pictures at the Family HouseTom McgrathTom Mcgrath
1999Rainbow MountainLew SoloffEnja Records
1999Slvia HotelCheryl WheelerPhilo Records
1999SongbookMark Murphy32 Jazz
1999TouchBill EvansESC Records
1999House of MirrorsJeff Ciampa
2000Allow MeJules ShearUnizoe Records
2000Eye ContactJay BeckensteinWindham Hill
2000From Belo to SeoulJack LeeTruespace Records
2000KiroronDon SebeskyAosis Records
2000ListenChuck LoebShanachie
2000Santa RitaRichard NilesBlack Box Jazz
2000Small Voices CallingMartha WashVital Records
2000Solo FlightsLynn SeatonOmnitone
2000Universal LanguageMarc AntoineVerve
2000Vibes RevisitedKurt WeilTCB Records
2000Without a DoubtFrank Wess/Frank VignolaKoch Intl.
2000You've Got Mail (soundtrack)VariousWarner Bros.
200175th Birthday ConcertGil EvansBBC Legends
2001A Love AffairThe Music of Ivan LinsTelarc
2001Above HorizonsMasahiro SayamaJVC
2001An American GardenDave TofaniSolo Winds
2001Global ExchangeGeorge GruntzTCB
2001In A HeartbeatChuck LoebShanachie
2001Live at Umbria Jazz, Vol. 1Gil Evans OrchestraEgea Records
2001Live at WolftrapJudy CollinsWildflower Records
2001Peace of MindCarmen QuestaSkip Records
2001Saundra SantiagoSaundra SantiagoSSRS
2001This Day and AgeClayton Bruce OstTribeca Records
2002BardoGabrielle RothRaven
2002Being In DreamingMichael Hewett-Dharma Moon
2002Brazilian NightsRomero LubamboQ Records
2002I'm Every WomanRory BlockRounder records
2002In The BushElectric BreakwaterJ-Bird Records
2002Insect WarriorsMark StanleySir EEL Records
2002Live at Umbria Jazz Vol.2Gil Evans OrchestraEgea Records
2002Sentimental SpiritKwang Min KimNanjang Records
2002When We were KingsEugene RuffoloContinental Song City
200310 cc of TearsAprilVictor Entertainment
2003Beat AvenuesEric AndersenAppleseed Recordings
2003ChaconThom ChaconPie Records
2003Folk PrayerJon WerkingCedar-King Music
2003Gil Evans 75th Birthday ConcertGil EvansBBC
2003Just FriendsThe Joe Beck TrioWhailing City Sound
2003Om Yoga MixDavid NicturneDharma Moon Records
2003Once in a LifetimeRene'e SnyderNSW 1159
2003The Other Side of TimeMary FahlSony
2003The Shadow of the CatGato BarbieriPeak Records
2003TricyclesLarry Coryell TrioInn and Out Records
2003Yes IndeedBilly EricMirror Wizzard Music
2004All in Good TimeDon RossBoulder Hill Records
2004Long Road to NowhereDavid Amram, Frank MessinaSpokeface Records
2004Midnight FlowerDralaDharma Moon
2004New York ConfidentialForest Buchtel, Gary AndersonMonk Music Records
2004Thelonius Bach's LunchJeff Laibson, Mark Egan, Danny GottliebWavetone Records
2005Flora's SongFlora PurimNarada Records
2005Miles AwaySam MorrisonBrown Bag Records
2005OM Yoga and MeditationCyndi Lee & David NicternDharma Moon
2005Soul GrassBill EvansBHM Records
2005The Body ElectricCyndi LauperSony
2005Tomorrow's Too LateB.D. LenzApria Records
2006High Grade FusionEriko AkiyaShinko Music
2006Mahoney's WayDave MullensRoberts Music Group
2006Peace of MindAndy LaverneClavebop
2006PhoenixEdo CastroPassion Star Records
2006Strange FruitStingITM Records
2006The Word is OutJaco Pastorious Big BandHeads Up
2007Live In The MomentKen SerioTripping Tree
2007Silvano MonasteriosMonasterios/Egan/WerticoDogleg Music
2008Little Wild OneJoan OsborneSaguaro Road Records
2015Constellations The Music of BjorkKarl Latham/Ryan Carniaux/Mark Egan/Nick RolfeDouble Moon Records


  1. ^ a b c d Liebman, Jon (August 31, 2009). "Mark Egan Exclusive Interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman". For Bass Players Only. Liebman Media. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 

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