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Cohen's first band was "The Ingredients of Love," a twelve-piece soul group in which he played funky rhythm guitar. Based in Brooklyn's famed Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, the band included four singers, one of whom, Albert Jameson, is now chairman of the Gospel Association of America.
Two-time Grammy winner Tyrone Williams was one of the Ingredients of Love, as was Michael Jones, now known as Kashif, who went on to produce Kenny G, Dionne Warwick, and Whitney Houston, among others. Formed by Robert Wedlaw, whose brother-in-law, Don Echoles, led the horn section, "The Ingredients of Love," a formative experience for each of its members, played colleges and New York clubs and theaters, including the Apollo and the Brooklyn Apollo, the Lloyd Price Turntable, and the Peppermint Lounge.
After travelling through Europe and living in Greece for several months, Cohen returned to the states and became a denizen of the Greenwich Village music scene, playing many of the city's clubs and headlining "The Best of the Best: The Village's Undiscovered Stars" at Gerde's Folk City. Mark recorded two albums for the world renowned Folkways Records label, with bands that included Chico Rindner and Gary Haneline on bass, Phil Leone, Tony Parker, and Rich Benoit on drums, Steve Miller on guitar, Bob Prewitt on twelve-string electric guitar, and Nancy Lee Baxter doing backup vocals.
The Walrus, a trade publication, called Cohen "a valuable find," saying "his debut album, 'Fare Well, Traveller,' whets the appetite for more." Mark's two albums received play across America and overseas.
Mark played in numerous concerts and radio broadcasts, appearing with Phil Ochs, Willie Nile, Steve Forbert, Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, the Roches, Phoebe Snow, and Richard Lewis, among others, and was hailed as a "recent discovery" by Broadside Magazine.
"Moments of Grace," was co-produced with arranger and lead guitar player Jim Satten, and with a band that includes Rusty Cloud on keyboards, Connie Harvey, Leslie Hughes, Bil Kurz and Darryl Perreti doing backup vocals, Kevin Jenkins on bass ("Buffalo" and "Kosovo"), Tommy Price ("Buffalo and "Kosovo") and Cliff Hackford ("Moments of Grace" and "You'll Always Be With Me") on drums, and Dan Cipriano ("You'll Always Be With Me") and Michael Blake ("Moments of Grace") on sax. Other musicians contributed tracks on the sessions.
Jim Satten (guitars) was Bo Diddley's music director and guitar player. Jim appeared with Bo Diddley on the Johnny Carson show and HBO's "Giants of Rock and Roll" live broadcast. He's played guitar behind Ron Woods of the Rolling Stones, Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations, Ben E. King, Chuck Berry, Ronnie Spector, Lesley Gore, Del Shannon, Sam and Dave, Lloyd Price, Wilson Pickett, the Coasters, the Platters, Lou Christie, Jerry Lee Lewis and other greats.
Rusty Cloud (keyboards, all songs except "Just One Night")
was keyboard player for Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, and backed up the Blue Brothers for the past seven years. He's played behind Aretha Franklin, Gary U.S. Bonds, Bo Diddley, the Cotton Club Orchestra and numerous other artists.
Cliff Hackford (drums and other percussion, "Moments of Grace," "You'll Always Be With Me") played behind Vicki Sue Robinson, AK-47, Mack Guitar Murphy of the Blues Brothers, Cadillac Moon, Sam the Sham, The Shirelles and numerous reggae artists including Ken Booth, Pablo Moses and Augustine Pablo.
Dan Cipriano (sax, "You'll Always Be With Me") is a regular sax player behind Wilson Pickett, and has played with the Allman Brothers, Michael Bolton, Southside Johnny, Gary U.S. Bonds, Phoebe Snow, Ben E. King, NRBQ, The Tokens, The Shirelles, The Chiffons, Lou Christy, Leslie Gore, and The Coasters. Dan is also in the cast of the smash off-broadway musical "Love, Janis."
Michael Blake (sax, "Moments of Grace") is a composer in residence at New York City's Jazz Composers Collective, and a veteran member of Ben Allison's group Medicine Wheel. He contributes to many collective projects. His critically acclaimed debut CD, Kingdom of Champa, produced by the legendary Teo Macero, was released in 1997. He has performed with Ben E. King, Gil Evan's Orchestra, The Groove Collection and Medeski.
Bob Prewitt (12-string Rickenbacker electric guitar, "Moments of Grace") built Magnagraphics Studios, where Mark recorded his first album, on Bedford Street in Greenwich Village. In addition to contributing tracks on various studio sessions, Bob engineered early recordings of KISS and several New York recordings of John Lennon.
Connie Harvey (backup vocals, "Moments of Grace," "You'll Always Be With Me," "MacDougal Street") is one of The Chiffons. Connie has also recorded her own Gospel CD and sung backup vocals with Teddy Pendergrast and other artists.
Leslie Hughes is a singer and actress, with numerous studio, television and Broadway credits.
Bil Kurz (backup vocals, "Indy 5") is a Nashville vocalist.
Darryl Paretti (backup vocals, "Patterns") is
a New York singer.
"Moments of Grace," "You'll Always Be With Me," "MacDougal Street," "Indy 5," and "Patterns" were recorded at Satten Roads Music Studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. "Buffalo," "Kosovo" and "Wildwood Flower" were recorded at M&I Recording Studios, New York City. "Just One Night," produced by Suzan Bader, was recorded at Power Play Studios in Astoria and Active Sound in New York City. Jim Satten and Mark Cohen co-produced all other songs. "Wildwood Flower" was arranged and performed by Mark Cohen.
"Moments of Grace" was mastered at M&I Recording Studios, New York, Ira Yuspeh, engineer.
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