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Playing Records is proud to announce the release “STRAIGHT AHEAD”, George Kahn’s collaboration with Alex Acuña (drums) and Lyman Medeiros (bass). The project is George’s 9th album release and his first in the traditional piano trio format.

The album consists 12 new tracks performed by the trio: 7 original compositions, each one in tribute to a pianist that is an inspiration to George (jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Wynton Kelly, Red Garland, Roger Kellaway, and Joe Sample) and 5 “cover tunes” that are creative takes on current pop artists (Prince, Adele, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran)

GEORGE KAHN – PIANO When a young musician’s sources of inspiration are jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Joe Sample, Vince Guaraldi, and Wynton Kelly, you’d figure that his own music would turn out to be pretty special — and in the case of jazz pianist and composer GEORGE KAHN, you’d be right. His music captures the feel of the West Coast Jazz scene of the '50s & '60s, but with a contemporary edge. Kahn’s music has been featured on many TV shows and advertisements, including “Men Of A Certain Age”, “ER," “The Young and the Restless,” and “How William Shatner Changed the World." In December 2012, George also received a Certificate of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for his dedication to helping end homelessness in Los Angeles.

ALEX ACUNA – DRUMS Alex is probably best known for his work with Weather Report as their original drummer and percussionist. He has worked with Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and others too numerous to mention. Now an in- demand session musician in Los Angeles, an average week for Alex will range from performing at Disney Hall to playing on the new Star Wars soundtrack.

LYMAN MEDEIROS – BASS One of the best young bassists in Los Angeles, Lyman is known to his friends as ‘Big Funky” (wonder why?. Lyman is a professor at Musicians Institute and tours regularly with Steve Tyrell, Dianne Schuur and others.

A major force in the Los Angeles jazz community since the late 1990s, pianist-composer George Kahn released "Straight Ahead", a "Top 100" jazz album in Mrrch 2018, The new album features a jazz trio of George, Alex Acuna on drums and Lyman Medeiros on bass. Think Ramsey Lewis Trio, or Gene Harris, or Vince Guaraldi

“People always respond to songs they know,” says George Kahn. “Thinking about it, I realized that I'd always wanted to create jazz versions of tunes that one does not normally hear in a jazz setting. Rather than perform ‘Stella By Starlight' or ‘Autumn Leaves' yet again, I thought it would be fun to play songs that are more current, songs by Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd or Adele

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"Kahn is a mainstream pianist whose work is a compendium of most of the great styles and motifs of late '50s to mid '60s jazz, a glorious period when seemingly anything was possible within the music. He's capable of introspective lyricism, funk-drenched backbeats, modal ruminations and flat-out swing. His current album, Secrets From the Jazz Ghetto, compiles his original compositions from previous releases and adds seven new pieces." - Kirk Silsbee

"It's jazz. Why Cream? Why not? Kahn's goal is "to create music that is classic, contemporary, hip and cool, all at once." He has been doing just that in his recordings since founding his independent label, Playing Records, in 1999. For his sixth CD, Cover Up!, he has created jazz versions of music he grew up with, including Cream, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Mongomery, and Blue Mitchell." - Bill Falconer, Jazzreview.com

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Straight Ahead

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Jazz & Blues Revue

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Secrets from the Jazz...

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Cover Up!

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...Compared to What?

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Sombras De Noite (Night Shadows)

From: Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto
By George Kahn

Wes' Coast

From: Cover Up!
By George Kahn

Gnome Sayin'

From: ...Compared to What?
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