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Aaron Germain

Spending 15 years as a busy hired-gun bass player, Aaron has been through all sorts of adventures; traveling the world and learning from the masters. This album displays his wide range of music experiences. Growing up in Massachusetts, he cut his teeth playing upright and electric bass in bands ranging from jazz, blues, funk, reggae, to senegalese mbalax; and he found himself regularly driving to New York, Boston, Burlingame, Providence and just about anywhere else in New England where there was a gig. From the beginning he learned to be picky about quality, but not genre. When there is so much amazing music to be played, there should be no reason to have to specialize. Moving to the San Francisco bay area in 2000, his adventures continued, and he quickly found himself working over time, sometimes playing two or three gigs a day

Mayan Suite

Label: Bacalao Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Got a Match?, Viento Solar, Mayan Suite (a. The Mayan Emperor, b. Sacrifice Ritual, c. Maya Dance, d. The Return of the Mayan Emperor, e. Ball Game), Escucha, Someday My Prince Will Come, Islands, Morning Sprite, Si Tu Vez, Higashi Nakano, On Green Dolphin Street

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart

Read "Love Letters & Postcards from the Jazz Heart" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Brian Andres Trio Latino Mayan Suite Bacalao Records 2020 Drummer and percussionist Brian Andres may have been born in Cincinnati but his musical homeland is Latin America. A drummer by age ten, Anders studied at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and eventually followed his Latin ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Chance

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Antes de Ir; Ginger Skin; Bunk Bread; Chikurin; Nhung Bac Thang; Already Not Yet; Ringo Oiwake Intro; Ringo Oiwake.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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Nhung Bac Thang

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Label: Origin Records
Released: 2013
Duration: 7:20

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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