Maurice Gainen | The Sound Of Freedom

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The Sound Of Freedom

by Maurice Gainen

Flights of fancy with great musicians around the world contributing via the Internet. Includes 6 original compositions, several fascinating cover song choices and a Remix/Mash-up of all the songs put together!
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1. Flutes (feat. Christopher Opwapo)
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2. Azulejos (feat. Marcelo Berestovoy)
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3. The Sound of Freedom (feat. Immaculee Awino, George Grosman, “General", Mighty Mo Rodgers}
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4. Kokoro (feat. June Kuramoto)
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5. Mulher Brazileira (Brazilian Woman) feat. Naila Foresti
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6. Trivan-Drum (feat. Milind Raiker)
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7. Fleur Sauvage (Wildflower) feat. Karoline Blandin
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8. Aboriginal Dreamscape (Part II) feat. Kristian Benton
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9. Father
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10. The Sound of Freedom (Remix/Mash-up)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
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.


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Tony Ezquivel

Enjoyable
Now return in the same manner as he did "7 continents". Maurice reaffirming with more enchantment his own style. In this new CD the music remarks different cultures and Maurice easily integrates with love and passion his harmonies and marvelous lines. In a sensible magic music way and in a high quality sound technique.
He takes my heart with his music. Especially in some numbers of this new high light production.

James Webber

Listening to Freedom
One of the best things about independently-produced music is you never know what to expect. It's more likely to take chances, be diverse in its scope, visit different genres and challenge your expectations. This statement could not apply more to 'The Sound Of Freedom'. Tell someone that an album contains rap, French chansons, Didgeridoo, jazz, African vocals, Indian drums and a "Bullroarer", and they might think, "oh God, no!" but Maurice Gainen pulls it off with great success. This album is fabulous. A standout track is a beautiful interpretation of the French song, "Fleur Savage", sung by Karoline Blandin. It sends shivers. The playing is top notch throughout the disc: the Vocals, although diverse, are perfect and moving, the Sax is stunning, the World instruments unique. But the true hero of the album for me, is the flute. It's lines are lyrical, distinguished, effortlessly liquid, simple when they need to be and sensuously cryptic when it's their turn to lead. Gainen's command of the instrument is exceptional. All in all, this is a tremendous, eclectic album, much like a big assorted candy-box, that rewards with something different but delicious every time!

Rhea Zaks

This IS the Sound of Freedom!
OMG, what a beautiful CD! This music paints pictures. The title song evokes myriad emotions as we hear the artists sing stories of their personal struggles under the kind of oppression that so many of us only read about. You feel the pain, as well as the joy and release music created/creates in their lives. This is to say nothing of the rhythms and voices that make you want to move your whole body to the groove!
The arrangment of Wildflower is wonderful--you can feel the love, in any language.
Musically, you can't beat the variety of instrumentation on many of the songs; the diggery-doo has SUCH a soulful sound; the percussions are so rich. Even the CD cover seems to sing!

Johnny G.

Engaging
I found this new album to be very engaging. The music and recording is outstanding. Track after track takes you on a musical journey that brings life and joy to the listener. Every track that you listen to gives you a desire for more. I believe that Maurice has taken his producing skills to another level of creativity. High 5 to you Maurice!

Tom L.

GLOBAL MUSICAL EXPLORATIONS!!
"The Sound of Freedom" continues Maurice's global musical explorations, using his unique combination of performance, composition, production and interpersonal talents. Highly recommended!

larry wiseman jazzflutist, nm

A must have CD
Maurice Gainen stands on the cutting edge of flutology, creativtiy and artistry. "The Sounds of Freedom" is a must have CD. I have all four of his CDs in my collection.

Kenny Texeira

As PRO as you can get
This CD has some of the finest musicians one can find in this genre. Great melodies, great songs, and the overall sound of the CD is amazing. Maurice hit yet another 'home run' with this release.

John J.

TWO GREAT CDS!!
I don't think there is enough room for all the good news!!! Very listenable-extremely well reccorded and presented. Excellent sleeve notes, with a touch of humour. Musically it is a very high level. The technical side is first class. The same applies to the “Jazz Flute Jams” CD. A very slickly produced pair of CD's -they must appeal to a wide audience. Hope you sell enough for gold!

Susan Gainen

Instead of -- or in addition to -- your ticket to travel around the world...
That "The Sound of Freedom" was made by musicians all over the world is exciting. Celebrating innovation in creativity is a good thing. That "The Sound of Freedom" makes you want to dance, to smile, to cry and to celebrate humanity is the real story. Thank you Maurice and Friends.