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Chip Boaz plays Latin Jazz with the bass on top. Six string bass highs and lows form the foundation for your musical experience. Melodic bass solos glide through a sea of Afro-Cuban rhythms and electronic sounds. Strong bass lines anchor contemporary sounds in the landscape of both Afro-Cuban and Jazz traditions. Infectious grooves inspire your feet to dance and your ears to listen a little closer. It's Latin Jazz with an emphasis on the low end, created to move you! Chip built the foundation for his musical explorations through early years of academic study. Chip’s teenage life was spent in high school bands and at-home garage bands, which inspired him to turn his passion for performance into a career

New Chapter

Label: Zoab Media
Released: 2019
Track listing: Firm Resolution; Starting Point; Sunrise; New Chapter

NEWS: RECORDING

Chip Boaz Launches A New Era Of His Musical Journey With The Release Of New Chapter

Chip Boaz Launches A New Era Of His Musical Journey With The Release Of New Chapter

Bassist and composer Chip Boaz has launched a new era of his musical journey with the release of his four song EP New Chapter. A trio recording with pianist Amanda Addleman and drummer Ben Lauffer, New Chapter highlights Boaz’s carefully crafted original music that combines jazz, latin music, and fusion while creating space for his distinct ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Elio Villafranca: The Source In Between

Read "Elio Villafranca: The Source In Between" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Cuban born pianist Elio Villafranca has spent a lifetime observing the space between different worlds. He spent his childhood in the small Piñar de Rio region on the Western coast of Cuba and then jumped into the centralized bustle of Havana. He went through a broad and varied musical education that not only focused on the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Steven Kroon: Looking Beyond

Read "Steven Kroon: Looking Beyond" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Percussionist Steve Kroon has spent many years walking through a variety of musical worlds. He spent his childhood years surrounded by all sorts of musical figures, with connections to jazz, Cuban music, rhythm and blues, Brazilian music, and more. His deep involvement led to local performance and recording jobs, and eventually a high profile gig with ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jovino Santos Neto: Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast)

Read "Alma do Nordeste (Soul of the Northeast)" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Great composers take their listeners past the simple execution of traditional form; instead they vividly describe their subject matter. Musical building blocks like tempo, texture, and dynamics shape mood and guide the listener's feelings. Cultural instruments reference specific countries. Creative interpretation adds perspective and displays the subject through the composer's eyes. Personal expression invites creative interpretations ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Omar Sosa: Afreecanos

Read "Afreecanos" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Forward-thinking Latin Jazz grows like a tree, starting with its roots and then the tree itself reaching high into the air. The roots represent the music's heritage; they are both the starting point and the foundation. The trunk symbolizes the musician's strongest connection to their roots, their background. The branches reach away from the tree, just ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Alfredo Naranjo: Y El Guajeo

Read "Y El Guajeo" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Pulling jazz and salsa into a unique mixture requires a balance between freedom and structure. Salsa recordings benefit from tightly arranged forms with commercially dictated norms. Jazz thrives upon variation and the liberty to explore new directions spontaneously. Vibraphonist Alfredo Naranjo and his musicians find an aesthetic balance between freedom and structure on Y El Guajeo, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Luis Munoz: Of Soul and Shadow

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An artist's application of structure leaves both positive and negative impacts upon Latin jazz. Rhythmic structures dictate the embedded Latin style and determine melodic phrasing. The harmonic structure provides the improviser a reference point for melodic invention. Structure becomes dangerous when composers strictly impose it upon their performance. The expressive freedom of jazz becomes lost, and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Insight: A Genesis

Read "A Genesis" reviewed by Chip Boaz

Artists may travel different roads to create a unique Latin Jazz voice. Some musicians follow the established formula, repeating the success of the genre's “legends. Other artists explore a more unique approach, delving into influential musicians outside the genre's popular success stories. A smaller group looks into the most challenging avenues, finding connections between diverse concepts ...


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