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Sandbox and Sanctum

Label: SIMP Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Free 2 Fast; Ryo; Baptisma Pyros; Ballad for a Swordsman; Ask the Guru; Noh Country; Sun Matsuri; Kerama Pocession.

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Gene Ess: Sandbox and Sanctum

Read "Sandbox and Sanctum" reviewed by Tom Greenland

Guitarist Gene Ess' third effort as a leader is a noteworthy departure from his sophomore release (Sunrise Falling, Amp Records 2003) in significant ways: while the earlier work straddled rock and fusion-jazz sensibilities, forefronting groove and melody with looped electronica and digital pastiche, the latest is leaner, cleaner, and full straight-ahead, underscoring the guitarist's impeccable tone ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Gene Ess: Sandbox and Sanctum

Read "Sandbox and Sanctum" reviewed by Wayne Zade

Guitarist Gene Ess came to jazz via country rock and blues clubs frequented by US service personnel in Okinawa, classical music studies at George Mason University, and performance studies at Berklee before he hit the New York scene. Upon arriving there, he established key contacts with Matthew Garrison, son of bassist Jimmy; Rashied Ali, one of ...


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