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Ken Husbands Trio: Keepin' It Going

Read "Keepin' It Going" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

San Francisco Bay area guitarist Ken Husbands is a well-travelled man. He grew up in Massachusetts, lived in Paris for a few years then moved to Oakland, California, in 2005. Along the way he's gained a PhD and developed an electric guitar style that encompasses many influences from jazz, fusion and other genres yet avoids sounding ...

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Ken Husbands Trio: Keepin' it Going

Read "Keepin' it Going" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When your PhD dissertation targets jazz in French culture, it might not be the most logical hypothesis that you would musically favor funk-fusion. For the northern California-based guitarist Ken Husbands and his trio, the fusion route is based in personal histories within the sub-genre. The results of the players' collective musical journeys are documented on the ...

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Aaron Germain: Chance

Read "Chance" reviewed by Ian Patterson

San Francisco based bassist/composer Aaron Germain's follow-up to his debut Before You Go (Self Produced, 2010) harnesses some of the Bay Area's finest musicians on another set of the leader's original compositions. The personnel, who includes French/Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, is completely different to Germain's eclectic debut and it sounds like it too. Whereas Before You ...

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Brian Andres and the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel: San Francisco

Read "San Francisco" reviewed by Edward Blanco

The San Francisco Bay Area is known for many things one of which is, as a hot bed of Latin Jazz music that captured the interest of percussionist Brian Andres upon relocating there in 1999. Now a veteran of the genre and band leader of the Afro-Cuban Jazz Cartel, Andres and the group tip their hat ...

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Guitarist Dave Haskell Releases Debut Album, "Pivot Point", Feat. Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip

Guitarist Dave Haskell Releases Debut Album, "Pivot Point", Feat. Robben Ford, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip

The history of jazz is strewn with brilliant players who have inexplicably eluded widespread recognition, flying under the radar of labels, journalists, and fans. But guitarist Dave Haskell’s stealth status over the past two decades isn’t hard to explain. He’s spent most of that time on the move as a commercial pilot, fulfilling a dream that ...

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Bay Area Bassist Aaron Germain to Release Debut CD "Before You Go" 4/27 & Perform at Coda SF 5/13

Bay Area Bassist Aaron Germain to Release Debut CD "Before You Go" 4/27 & Perform at Coda SF 5/13

After ten years of working as a first-call sideman with some of the Bay Area's finest practitioners of styles ranging from jazz to salsa to Brazilian forro, bassist Aaron Germain has finally carved out some time for his own music. He's preparing to release his debut CD, Before You Go, on April 27, and plans to ...

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Aaron Germain: Before You Go

Read "Before You Go" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

The key to the eclecticism of Before You Go, bassist Aaron Germain's first album as leader, can be found in his stated aim as a musician: to be “picky about quality, not genre." Germain's ten original tunes take in straightforward hard bop, blues, Latin and funk styles--and the quality is always high.

Throughout the album, Germain's ...

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Aaron Germain: Before You Go

Read "Before You Go" reviewed by John Barron

Bassist Aaron Germain has made a point throughout his fifteen-year career as a professional musician to perform in a wide variety of genres. Growing up in Massachusetts and currently residing in San Francisco, Germain infuses the influence of funk, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music to inform a fresh approach to modern jazz. Before You Go features Germain's ...