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Apotheosis

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: The Return; Sands of Time (Okinawa); Same Sky; Bluesbird; Tokyo Red; Fireflies of Hiroshima; Day for Night; Two Worlds.

Absurdist Theater

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Out Of The Ashes; Circe's Compassion; Jade Stones; Kunai; Torii (The Gate); Forkball (For Ornette); Dejala Que Pase; Upward And Onward!

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Gene Ess: Absurdist Theater

Read "Absurdist Theater" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

On this CD guitarist Gene Ess and his group Fractal Attraction have put together an intelligent fusion of jazz, folk and rock concepts led by the glassy clarity of Ess' guitar and the calm beauty of Thana Alexa's voice. Alexa's rising and falling wordless tones are the first thing heard on the disc and they lead ...

Eternal Monomyth

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Forsaken Island; The Trials; Entrance | Exit; Summer Cantabile; Drakaina; Blues for Ryo; Mono-no Aware; Into the New World.

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Gene Ess: Eternal Monomyth

Read "Eternal Monomyth" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Award winning guitarist, Gene Ess, draws upon a diverse background to form his unique style of playing and writing. Eternal Monomyth is a companion piece to Ess' last album, Fractal Attraction. Ess explains, “the music should be heard in that regard. In a transparent sense, it is a continuation of my exploration with the combined timbre ...

Fractal Attraction

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Silver's Fate; Blues For Two; Ascent; Letter From Boston; Tanabata; Fractica; Descent; Fractal Attraction.

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Gene Ess: Fractal Attraction

Read "Fractal Attraction" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Using the voice as a melodic and harmonic instrument above and beyond scat singing or vocalese is increasing in popularity, as evidenced in recordings like Beata Pater's Red (B&B Records, 2013) and Lola Danza's The Island (Evolver, 2012). Vocalist Thana Alexa joins guitarist Gene Ess for an expansion of Ess' genre-breaking jazz philosophy, using the human ...

A Thousand Summers

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: I Didn't Know What Time It Was; One Day I'll Fly Away; So in Love; The Old Country; Charade; East of the Sun; Looking Back (Reflections); All or Nothing at All; Goodbye; I Will Wait for You.

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Gene Ess: A Thousand Summers

Read "A Thousand Summers" reviewed by Edward Blanco

In a rare departure for Gene Ess, who has always favored original music and instrumentals, the veteran jazz guitarist has partnered with acclaimed vocalist and bassist Nicki Parrott for A Thousand Summers, a refined album of familiar jazz standards and love songs. When Ess began developing the project, he naturally focused on new material. One day ...

Modes of Limited Transcendence

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Ryo's First Flight; Discovery in Three; Trance Chant; Art of Nothingness; Hero To Wizard; Messiaen Shuffle; Gagaku Dreams; Sufficient Reason.


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