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Before You Go

by Aaron Germain

Ten innovative, original composition by veteran bass player Aaron Germain, featuring some of San Francisco's greatest musicians. Creative instrumentation, lush harmonies and thrilling, shifting meters.
Genre: Jazz: Progressive Jazz
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1. Higashi Nakano
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2. Deep Breath
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3. Culebra
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4. Admiral Drive
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5. Lakefood
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6. Bellabou Baiao
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7. Amaenbou
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8. Wrong Way Blues
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9. Missed Your Meaning
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10. Quiet Sunrise
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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, Senegalese mbalax; all while driving to New York and Boston, and all over New England. From the beginning he learned to be picky about quality, but not genre. When there is that much amazing music to be played, there should be no reason 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. He entered the world of salsa and Afro-Cuban music, Brazilian forro music, Caribbean steel pan music; he found himself accompanying Indian kathak dancers, veteran calypso singers from Trinidad, or navigating through dense, odd-meter jazz compositions.
On this album, all of these influences can be heard in the ten original compositions and the manner in which they are played. The trained ear will enjoy the shifting meters and innovative melodies, but for someone who wants to just relax and listen to good music, it will prove equally palatable the ear.
Over the years Aaron has performed with artist such as Yusef Lateef, Stanley Jordon, Andy Narell, Bonnie Raitt, Francisco Aquabella, John Handy, Melba Moore, Mary Wilson, Paula West, Jacqui Naylor, Dwight Trible, Eddie Marshal, Dave Ellis, Babatunde Lea, Gordon Stone, Kenny Washington, Josh Jones, Akira Tana, Jamie Davis, Royal Hartigan, Mike Clark, among many others.
He has performed at venues such as, the Blue Note (in NY), Scullers, The Blues Alley, Yoshis SF, Yoshis Oakland, The Fllmore, Dakotas, The Iron Horse, Herbst Theatre, Kuumbwa, the House of Blues, ect.
He has performed many places around the world, including a world music festival in front of the great pyramids of Egypt in december of 2009.

Musicians:
On all tracks except "Deep Breath" and "Bellabou Baiao":
Aaron Germain: Acoustic Bass
Bryan Bowman:Drums
Matt Clark: Piano
Sheldon Brown: Tenor Sax
Matt Heulitt: Guitar (on "Wrong Way Blues")

On "Deep Breath":
Aaron Germain: Electric Bass
Jeff Marrs: Drums
Matt Clark: Keys
John Gove: Trombone
Derek Smith: Vibraphone

On "Bellabou Baiao":
Aaron Germain: Electric Bass
Phil Thompson: Drums
Brian Rice: Percussion
Ricardo Peixoto: Guitar
Sheldon Brown: Clarinet
Adrian Jost: Accordion
Colin Hogan: Accordion


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Dave Rocha

Re. "Before You Go"
This is a beautiful CD. Great writing Aaron! You have put together a stimualting, eclectic mix of original compositions that have given us a glimpse into your musical genius. Great playing by you and your sidemen. Don't stop now! We need to hear more from you. Much more!

Daniel Maya

Great tunes + great players = great music
Although this is serious, complex music, it's totally accessible and a pleasure to listen to. Overall high level of musicianship that does justice to the carefully crafted compositions. A great line-up of some of the best Bay Area musicians playing as well as I've ever heard them. Highest possible recommendation. Thank you, Aaron!

Ken Husbands

A Long Way from Middlefield
This is a great CD. The masterful playing belies the complexity of the compositions, leaving the listener free to enjoy the ride. From Tokyo to Brazil, the influences are many and yet Aaron and his cohorts create a coherent atmosphere in which to explore the inspiration of the moment.