Multi-instrumentalist Mark Ramos Nishita is a really hard working guy. Aside from being a whiz behind the keyboards (where you may have noticed him with the Beastie Boys not long ago), he's a mighty fine carpenter to boot. Or at least so I hear - as the story goes, the Beasties hired him to help build their studio, and then subsequently learned of his musical skills. When I last saw him several years ago in LA, he showed up almost an hour late to the show. Why? Because he had to finish up the Beastie Boys show before playing a full set of his own which wandered between 60's / 70's tinged groove tunes (think Al Green, who was an influence of his, evidently) to fascinating experimental stuff which kept the audience mesmerized. Now I can say I've seen someone play a trumpet successfully using nothing but an inflated balloon. Money Mark's new album "Change Is Coming" is finally out - and it's a smoker.
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