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Inkling is Mark Simon Quintet's first CD release. Ten Simon originals guide you through hard-bop, post-bop, pop and funk landscapes.
Inkling is Mark Simon Quintet's first CD release. Ten Simon originals guide you through hard-bop, post-bop, pop and funk landscapes.
27 backers pledged $2,230 to help bring this project to life.

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"I am amazed at Mark’s concept of writing -- it is really his best-kept secret and his playing ability has grown by leaps. His improvisation reminds me of Horace Silver and Cedar Walton. There is no question about it, Mark has got that thing! He just doesn’t sound like anyone else and his writing is going to be a major force in the future."
Mel Brown - Diana Ross/Motown/Godfather of Portland Jazz

All of the recording, mixing and mastering has been completed. I've paid these costs already, but there are other costs that still remain. 

With your help, I will be able to manufacture, promote and distribute my new CD. My record label, PJCE, a non-profit organization, has a list of preferred vendors with special pricing for all PJCE artists. By using these vendors, I can see myself easily achieving my goal. Your donation amounts to a pre-payment for your copy of the Inkling CD and makes you an important part of the Mark Simon Quintet family!

I remain in touch with all the aspects of jazz that drew me in when I first heard it as a child. It was not obscure musical ideas and complexities that drew me in. It was the purity of the feeling, the insistence of the beat, the excitement of the audience response. After experiencing the adventure of listening to jazz as a child, I knew I had to pursue this music! 

I feel strongly that my music must be heard, not for my personal gain, but for my desire to contribute to society something that is thoughtful, beautiful and has integrity. If you want cerebral jazz with no heart, this is not for you. My music aims to touch hearts and souls, yet has enough meat on the bones to stimulate the mind as well.  

Risks and challenges

In the event that the campaign goal is not met by the expiration date, I will not receive any of the funds pledged and donors' cards or Paypal accounts will not be charged. This scenario would leave me in a difficult position. I would try to secure alternate funding, if possible, but if unsuccessful, "Inkling" would go unreleased. Seeking alternate funding could also cause delays for the many different services being offered to bring Inkling to completion.

A successful campaign ensures we release the CD, with the only possible challenge occurring if production setbacks occur, making it difficult to present the reward items by February 2015 as promised. However, I would do my very best to deliver the rewards as soon as possible!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice; plus one 11x17 poster of the Inkling CD cover art!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice; plus one 11x17 poster of the Inkling CD cover art; plus one 11x17 poster of the Mark Simon Quintet!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice; plus one 11x17 poster of the Inkling CD cover art; plus one 11x17 poster of the Mark Simon Quintet; plus 2 free admission and premium seating at the Inkling CD release party to be held in Portland Oregon!

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice; plus one 11x17 poster of the Inkling CD cover art; plus one 11x17 poster of the Mark Simon Quintet; plus 2 free admission and premium seating at the Inkling CD release party to be held in Portland Oregon; plus one in-home Mark Simon solo piano concert (maximum 2 hours, must be in the Portland/Vancouver area, donor must provide a piano, concert must be on a date agreeable to both the donor and Mark Simon).

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    My heartfelt appreciation plus one free digital download of my entire Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed (signed by Mark Simon himself!) physical copy of my Inkling CD; plus one personally autographed printout of the score to the Inkling CD tune of your choice; plus one 11x17 poster of the Inkling CD cover art; plus one 11x17 poster of the Mark Simon Quintet; plus 2 free admission and premium seating at the Inkling CD release party to be held in Portland Oregon; plus one in-home Mark Simon solo piano concert (maximum 2 hours, must be in the Portland/Vancouver area, donor must provide a piano, concert must be on a date agreeable to both the donor and Mark Simon); plus a one hour in-home piano lesson with Mark Simon (must be in the Portland/Vancouver area, donor must provide a piano, piano lesson must be on a date agreeable to both the donor and Mark Simon).

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