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Chris Trinidad

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Chris Trinidad is a Filipino-Canadian multi-instrumentalist who now makes the San Francisco Bay Area his home. His mission as a musician is to apply the bass guitar in primarily mainstream jazz situations, acoustic world music contexts, and non-traditional avant-garde formats. In addition to his bass guitar playing, he is a freelance session musician he often called to accompany on piano or drum set, or to perform as a choral singer. As a seasoned veteran with experience in multiple genres of music, Chris balances practical musicianship and applied artistry with a solid background in academia

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides

Read "Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


During the course of 2021's lockdowns and distancing, music educator and bassist Chris Trinidad began to wonder if technology was bringing people together or keeping people apart. During these reflections, he reengaged with music he had written years earlier, for a release he titled Certain Times (Iridium, 2014). “The compositions on that album were written in ...

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Monsters from the Jazzlab

Read "Monsters from the Jazzlab" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Rodrigo Almonte Distancia Odradek Records 2021 “Every piece of music on Distancia is an honest representation of a pilgrimage of different distances that I had to walk, musically and geographically speaking, in order to find inspiration and to create a representation of myself as a musical ...

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Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides

Label: Iridium Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Inevitable Evolution; Something New In The Familiar; The Benefit of Hindsight; Finding Somewhere Forever; A Reading in Retrospect; Transcending December; Though Certainly Speaking.

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides

Read "Chris Trinidad's Changing Tides" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Bassist and composer Chris Trinidad released the quartet album Chris Trinidad's Certain Times (Iridium Records, 2015) five years after relocating from Vancouver to the San Francisco Bay area. The compositions were constructed from an assortment of sketches, built on grooves and simple harmonies to give the soloists freedom. For Chris Trinidad Y Con Todo (Iridium Records, ...

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Canción Tagalog

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The quiet beauty of Chris Trinidad y Cancion Tagalog illustrates the subtleties between volume, power and intensity. The musician credits on its inner jacket list instruments with quite curious names, including three types of bata drums (okonkolo, itotele and iya) plus bombo and guagua among the percussion instruments, and with bandurria and octavina among ...

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Chris Trinidad y Canción Tagalog

Label: Iridium Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Alin Mang Lahi; Mutya Ng Pasig; Ang Tangi Kong Pag Ibig; Jocelynang Baliuag; Sampaguita; Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan; Kay Lungkot Nitong Hating Gabi; Iyo Kailan Pa Man; Taal; Lamig Ng Umaga; O Ilaw; Bayan Ko

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

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One might think that Chris Trinidad would have a hard time figuring out his next move after Chris Trinidad's Chant Triptych II (Iridium, 2018), an instrumental album based on traditional Gregorian chants but played on instruments from India, the Balkans and other cultures. But Trinidad eventually landed upon this recipe: Take one Filipino-Canadian bassist. ...

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Article: From the Inside Out

Back in the Day, Around the World

Read "Back in the Day, Around the World" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Brooklyn Funk Essentials Stay Good Dorado Records 2019 Back in the day, jazz bands like Roy Ayers' Ubiquity and soul bands like the Ohio Players played more than jazz and soul. Jazz and soul were their main ingredient, but only one ingredient among others stirred in ...

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Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad y Con Todo

Read "Chris Trinidad y Con Todo" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Filipino-Canadian bassist/composer Chris Trinidad has an eclectic discography. His previous album Chris Trinidad's Chant Triptych II (Iridium Records, 2018) presented arrangements of Gregorian chant, drawing on musical traditions from around the world. He has also recorded Latin music, as on Chris Trinidad's Certain Times (Iridium Records, 2015). But this album is Latin jazz all the way. ...


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