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Aaron Germain

Spending 30 years as a busy hired-gun bass player, Aaron has been through all sorts of adventures; traveling the world and learning from the masters. This album displays his wide range of music experiences.

Growing up in Massachusetts, he cut his teeth playing upright and electric bass in bands ranging from jazz, blues, funk, reggae, to senegalese mbalax; and he found himself regularly driving to New York, Boston, Burlingame, Providence and just about anywhere else in New England where there was a gig. From the beginning he learned to be picky about quality, but not genre. When there is so much amazing music to be played, there should be no reason to have to specialize.

Moving to the San Francisco bay area in 2000, his adventures continued, and he quickly found himself working over time, sometimes playing two or three gigs a day. He entered the world of salsa and Afro-Cuban, Brazilian forro, and Caribbean steel pan music; he found himself accompanying Indian kathak dancers, veteran calypso singers from Trinidad, and navigating through dense, odd-meter jazz compositions.

Over the years Aaron has performed with artist such as Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordon, Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Francisco Aquabella, John Handy, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Paula West, Jacqui Naylor, Dwight Trible, Eddie Marshal, Dave Ellis, Babatunde Lea, Gordon Stone, Kenny Washington, Josh Jones, Akira Tana, Jamie Davis, Royal Hartigan, among many others.

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”Before You Go features Germain's technical prowess on both upright and electric bass with a stellar crew of sidemen. The disc's ten tracks-all composed by Germain-are high energy romps with exceptional soloing”

”Germain's compositions are lyrical, harmonically interesting and groove heavy.”

”Bolstered by Germain's jaw-dropping electric solo, the tune leaves one wanting more from such a dynamic configuration.”

”Before You Go is an exciting session deserving of wide recognition. The level of musicianship is first-rate and Germain's rousing compositional skills are a delight.”

-John Barron

“While the quality of his playing is obvious, Germain never uses the tunes simply to demonstrate his talent—neither does he push his own instrument too far to the front of the mix

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Bell Projections

Aaron Germain Music


Live at the Baked...

Summit Records


Mayan Suite

Bacalao Records



Origin Records


Before You Go

Self Produced


Nhung Bac Thang

From: Chance
By Aaron Germain


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