Artist: Mark Portmann
Album: Driving Beverly Hills
Produced by: Mark Portmann
Writers: Mark Portmann,
Label: Mark Portmann Music
A best-kept secret in the business. Having quickly gained a considerable reputation as a talented producer, arranger, and musician for some of the biggest stars in music, Mark Portmann steps comfortably into the spotlight as a solo artist with his debut solo album, DRIVING BEVERLY HILLS. The album gives the Grammy-nominated arranger and accomplished keyboardist and opportunity to deliver his own rich, lyrical, pop flavored jazz melodies to a growing audience of fans. In many ways, the album brings Portmann back to where he started: at the piano.
Musicians include: Michael Paulo (sax), Jeff Kashiwa (sax), Freddy Washington, Jr (bass), Jerry Watts (bass), Ron Komie (gtr), Paul Jackson, Jr (gtr), Steve Reid (percussion), Steve Ferrone (drums), Tony Morales (drums), Greg Bissonette (drums), Herman Matthews (drums), Alan Hinds (gtr), Steve Bailey (bass), John Defaria (gtr), Philip Ingram (vocals), Machun (vocals), Mark Portmann (piano, keyboards, programming, arranging, producer, composer), Ed Smart, Matt Fronke, Wendell Kelly Eric Jorgenson Harry Kim (horns), mixed by Humberto Gatica
Portmann moved to Los Angeles in 1990. After a month, he joined the well-known pop/jazz group, the Rippingtons, as their keyboardist. Portmann recorded & traveled with the group for four years, performing before audiences of up to 100,000, and helping the group earn numerous awards. During this time, he also released (2) solo albums “Driving Beverly Hills” and “No Truer Words” which both received critical acclaim and Top5 status in national airplay.