Brian Kastan

Brian Kastan

Instrument: Bass, electric | Location: New York City

Think Zappa 21st Century… Brian's Guitar is Just Killer.
—Dick Metcalf

Updated: August 13, 2021

Born: April 2, 1972

​ Brian Kastan is a guitarist, electric/fretless bass player, composer and landscape photographer. He is best known for his original sounding improvisations and composing style, self-developed hybrid finger picking technique on guitar, and laying down big fat bass grooves and electric/fretless bass improvisations.

Brian has released 31 albums as a band leader or band member. (Playing bass on 10 of the albums)....

Plus performed and/or recorded with Grammy winning jazz vocalist, Miles Griffith, (Won grammy with Wynton Marsalis Blood on the Fields) Peter O'Brien, Steve Rust, Christopher Dean Sullivan, Yutaka Uchida, George Dulin, Danny Zanker, Jay Brunka, Oscar Perez, Dave Mullen, Tani Tabbal, Bob Meyer, Harvey Sorgen, Taru Alexander, Nick Gianni, Dave Berger, Eric Person,George Spanos, Travis Sullivan, Eishin Nose, Mike Pride, Ryan Berg, Eddy Khaimovich, Andy Sanesi, Juini Booth, Micheal Bisio, Leo Genovese, Lamy Istrefi and many more.

As a Sideman...

Brian Kastan has composed soundtracks for TV and Film (Featuring Robert Loggia-Nominated for Academy Award The God Father-Sopranos, Martin Kove, (Karate Kid/Rambo), Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmie Walker (Goodtimes), Michael Winslow (Police Academy) Todd Bridges (Different Strokes) Jewels McCullough (Playboy Playmate/Growing Pains, Composed Soundtrack for Blue Lives Matter movie with acclaimed movie director Dylan Bank) Plus, composed soundtrack for T.V. show Hospital Arrest.

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Reviews Conversation Colors The three musicians who play with Brian on this enchanting excursion into the wonders of players who can “speak together” are geniuses in their own right… bassist Juini Booth has played with jazz giants like McCoy Tyner, Tony Williams and even Sun Ra; Leo Genovese is a master keyboardist who has been on bills with “big names” like Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock… and drummer George Spanos has played with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, among others… as you listen to the amazing opener, “Spectrum“, you will hear (and feel) just how beautiful their intricate dialogues can be… the 16:48 gem starts off in a slow exploratory mode, gradually engaging each player in intimate expressions from deep inside of them

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Higher Ground

From: Not So Standard
By Brian Kastan

Brian Kastan Albums