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Award winning guitarist, Gene Ess, draws upon a diverse background to form his unique style. Studying classical piano, Gene's early years were filled with sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Originally from Tokyo, Japan and growing up on a U.S. Air Force Base on Okinawa, Gene was simultaneously receiving a mix of influences: he was exposed to the indigenous music of Okinawa and - to the pop and jazz music coming out of the clubs for the American soldiers. All this amounted for an early obsession with music.

Gene performed in clubs and festivals all around Okinawa at the early age of 14. After graduating high school Gene left for George Mason University. There, he pursued classical music studies with Larry Snitzler, a prominent concert guitarist who was Andrés Segovia's disciple and orchestral composition under Dr. Glenn Smith.

Album

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.

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Article: Album Review

Gene Ess: Apotheosis

Read "Apotheosis" reviewed by Chris Mosey


The inspiration for Apotheosis, Japanese-American guitarist Gene Ess's fourth album, is taken from mythologist James Campbell's book “The Hero with a Thousand Faces," first published in 1949. In this Campbell describes apotheosis as “the expansion of consciousness a hero experiences when defeating his foe." His theories concerning fictional heroes have been used as ...

Article: New & Noteworthy

Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte

Read "Nuove vocalist all’orizzonte" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nuove vocalist crescono. Da qualche anno, sia nel jazz che nella black popular music, sono emerse vocalist di talento, prossime a imporsi negli anni a venire. In questa fase storica di globalizzazione spinta anche il canto jazz è entrato in una dimensione globale. Aumentano le possibilità per tutti di apprendere le forme espressive delle musiche afroamericane ...

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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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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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.

Article: Album Review

Thana Alexa: Ode to Heroes

Read "Ode to Heroes" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Che abbia talento è evidente. Con Ode to Heroes Thana Alexa impone la sua presenza nel panorama internazionale del canto jazz, presentando un album significativo per livello di partner coinvolti e qualità artistica. Non accade tutti i giorni che una giovane vocalist proveniente dall'Europa (la Croazia in questo caso) debutti con un lavoro presentato da Joe ...

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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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Article: Interview

Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument

Read "Thana Alexa: Singer And Instrument" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Music started tugging at the sleeve at the age of three for Thana Alexa, a New York based singer who began making music there as a violinist, moved to Croatia where she discovered jazz, and returned as a singer poised to sweep into a successful career. It started with the piano--kind of. Her tinkering ...


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