Maurice completed studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music in Composition and Performance. He also received a National Endowment For The Arts scholarship to study under Jazz legend Lew Tabackin. Of his first CD “Jazz Sunrise” Billboard Magazine said “Maurice is a man to hear.” In addition to leading his own band, Maurice is a featured soloist with The Marcelo Berestovoy Band (Marcelo tours, writes and records with Latina superstar Paulina Rubio), and is Music Director/performer with “The Hues Corporation” (Rock The Boat). In 1988 he opened his recording studio Maurice Gainen Productions in Los Angeles’ trend setting Silver Lake district. Since then, he has produced, recorded, mixed and mastered too many CDs to count in all genres including Jazz, Alternative, Rap, R&B, Rock, Broadway and World Music. He has also played flute and/or sax on many of these CDs. He does CD Mastering for all of the 5 major record labels and his recent credits include over 130 CDs for Starbucks.
1) Flutes (Gerald Toto, Richard Bona, Kanza Lokua)
Christopher Opwapo delivers brilliant percussion recording in Kenya as he did on the last CD, "7 CONTINENTS – Global Jams”.
2) Azulejos (Marcelo Berestovoy)
Marcelo Berestovoy is featured on guitar and bass. No CD of Maurice’s would be complete without at least one song representing this band. Percussionist Erez Ginat was in Israel and on tour during the recording time, so he sent his cajon and dumbek parts in from Tel Aviv.
3) The Sound Of Freedom (M. Gainen, George Grosman, Immaculee Awino, Jamal “General” Patton)
Special Guest Vocalists:
Immaculee Awino (Nakuru, Kenya)
George Grosman (Toronto, Canada via Czechoslovakia)
General (South Central Los Angeles, CA)
Mighty Mo Rodgers (East Chicago, Ill)
Five people (including Maurice who composed the music co-wrote the lyrics) give their take on a universal story of finding a better life through music.
4) Kokoro (Dave Iwataki)
Koto player June Kuramoto, a founding member of 2010 Grammy nominated band Hiroshima, adds her signature magic. Composer/producer Dave Iwataki joins Maurice to create this new look at the Hiroshima classic, and plays dazzling keyboards as well.
5) Mulher Brasileira (Brazilian Woman) (M. Gainen) Portugese translation by Naila Foresti
Naila Foresti on vocals in Vinhedo, Brazil and Cassio Duarte on Percussion Natal-RN, Brazil helped Maurice “Brazilianize” this vocal version “Sudaméricana” from his last CD.
6) Trivan-Drum (M.Gainen, Traditional)
Special Guest Violinist: Milind Raiker (Mumbai, India)
Maurice had been wanting to feature this amazing violinist since his last CD, but could not find a place for him. This time he composed this song with him specifically in mind. All of the musicians playing in Trivandrum, South India on the last CD return with a feature in the 2nd half of the song that is not to be missed. Aloke and Sanjukta Dasgupta are heard on sitar and vocals.
7) Fleur Sauvage (Wildflower) (David Richardson, Doug Edwards) French translation - Joelle Rabu
Special Guest: Karoline Blandin – Vocals (Marseille, France)
Looking for a vehicle for Karoline’s fantastic voice, Maurice had the idea of recording this classic song originally by Skylark, David Foster’s first recording band, sung in French. Karoline arranged and sang both lead and background vocals of this exquisite translation by noted Canadian chanteuse/composer Joelle Rabu. This is the first ever French language release of the R&B-pop standard.
8) Aboriginal Dreamscape (Part II) (M. Gainen, Kristian Benton)
Maurice enjoyed having Kristian Benton so much on the last CD that he just had to have him again. He created this based on about 5 new tracks of Didgeridoo that Krisitian sent from his home in New South Wales, Australia and some unused percussion from the last project.
9) Father (M. Gainen)
Maurice dedicates this CD to his father, Leon, whose love, support and encouragement has allowed him to pursue his creative dreams.
10) The Sound of Freedom (Remix/Mash-up) (M.Gainen)
Platinum songwriter and successful TV composer Craig Owens adds production flavor and special EFX. Bassist Kene Lucas flies in (figuratively) with his bass from New York City. With the exception of the verse sax melody, kick drum and bass part, this song is made up entirely of samples from other songs on this CD - transposed, time-stretched, mashed and mangled.