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Michael Oien

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Ever since he graduated from Berklee in 2004, bassist Michael Oien has been an important part of the New York jazz scene, appearing on a countless number of dates as a sideman. Recently he recorded his debut as a leader, the consistently creative And Now for Fresh Sound’s New Talent label. “This is my most important artistic statement so far,” says Michael, “writing my own music and recording it with my own band.” And Now has Michael Oien utilizing some of his favorite musicians. “In sidemen, I look for players with individual sounds who are flexible, and musicians who concentrate less on the technical aspects of their instruments and more on expressing themselves in the music.” The CD features six of Michael’s post bop originals performed by a quintet that also includes altoist Nick Videen (“A great all-around musician with a huge sound”), guitarist Matthew Stevens, pianist Jamie Reynolds and drummer Eric Doob

Album

And Now

Label: Fresh Sound Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: In The Early Autumn; Skol; Mad To Live; Ask Anyone; Smile This Mile; Dreamer, Part I; Dreamer, Part II; Dreamer, Part III; All My Trials.

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Article: Album Review

Michael Oien: And Now

Read "And Now" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


And now, the arrival of And Now--the debut leader date from bassist Michael Oien. Oien, who's worked with everybody from saxophonist Uri Gurvich to guitarist Nir Felder to pianist Roy Assaf, is primed to make a strong statement here. He's done his homework and he's shown himself to be a musical pillar of ...

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Article: Album Review

Michael Oien: And Now

Read "And Now" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Having been part of the New York scene since graduating from Berklee in 2004, bassist/composer/arranger Michael Oien has obviously taken his time in making his first record. But it was worth the wait, because And Now is destined to be on many “Best Of Lists" for 2015. Leading a smoking and very ...

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Take Five With Michael Oien

Read "Take Five With Michael Oien" reviewed by Michael Oien


Meet Michael Oien: Ever since he graduated from Berklee in 2004, bassist Michael Oien has been an important part of the New York jazz scene, appearing on a countless number of dates as a sideman. Recently he recorded his debut as a leader, the consistently creative And Now for Fresh Sound's New Talent label. “This ...


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