Distant dream is both moving and compelling; Marcus mixes modern jazz, blues, and funk, and kicks it up three notches! Interwoven with elements of latin, afro Cuban, classical music, Marcus has a unique way of "putting it all together." From Groove's Bag (a take off on the jazz standard, orientation Bag's Groove) to the lyrical This Is Not Goodbye, from the humorous Seven Ate Nine to the contemplative For My Friend (composed by Marcus for his mentor and late jazz piano great Ray Bryant), this CD is both wide-ranging and soul-fulfilling. JAZZ TIMES Magazine has called Marcus jazz sound 'infectious!' CADENCE Magazine has described the performances of this well schooled jazz group 'excellent.' Marcus has studied, performed and recorded with some of the best, including Ray Bryant, Ellis Marsalis, Alvin Batiste, Charlie Byrd, Herb Ellis, Jane Powell, David 'Fathead' Newman (Ray Charles tenor sax), Brian Lynch, Sonny Fortune, Frank Foster, among many others.