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7 Continents - Global Jams

by Maurice Gainen

Soaring sax and flute over world beats and occasional vocals with performances delivered via the internet by musicians on all 7 continents.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Sudaméricana
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2. Aboriginal Dreamscape
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3. Help Me Sing This Song Of Joy
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5:09 $0.99
4. Adiós Nonino
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5:33 $0.99
5. Ngiyekhaya (I\'m Going Home)
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4:14 $0.99
6. L’ete en Hiver (Summer In Winter)
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3:44 $0.99
7. Brahana (Dawn)
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2:57 $0.99
8. Chasing The Light
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4:46 $0.99
9. Just Do Something (Global Jam Remix)
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4:48 $0.99
10. Mergapati (Procession)
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11. Antarctic Sunrise
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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), New Pacific (a band that combines Indonesian and other Asian music with Jazz) and is Music Director/performer with “The Hues Corporation” (Rock The Boat) All of these groups are on the new CD.

In 1988 he opened his recording studio Maurice Gainen Productions in Los Angeles’ trendy 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 100 CDs for Starbucks.

1) Sudaméricana (M. Gainen)
Fernando Beckerman delivers scorching percussion from Buenos Aires, Argentina on this new original composition.

2) Aboriginal Dreamscape (M. Gainen/K. Benton)
Kristian Benton in New South Wales, Australia transports you to a place you have never been with his Didgeridoo, Klapstick and Kamilaroi language vocals.

3) Help Me Sing This Song of Joy (M. Gainen)
Are you ready to go to church with special guest vocalists “The Hues Corporation”?

4) Adiós Nonino (Astor Piazzolla)
Marcelo Berestovoy’s arrangement of this Piazzolla classic is always a hit in live performance.

5) Ngiyekhaya (I’m Going Home) (Mxolisi Sithole/Sthembizo Zuma)
Special Guests in Kenya: Christopher Opwapo, Naomi Njeri, Billy Mwaura and Muhammed Masila
These fantastic musicians face challenges just living day to day that we can't even begin to fathom. Still, they found time and energy to put joy into this music.

6) L’été en Hiver (Summer in Winter)
Music - M. Gainen/Michael Bialys
French Lyric - Karoline Blandin/Bruno Blum
Karoline Blandin delivers a luscious vocal that will make you want to get on the next plane to Paris to hear her sing.

7) Brahana (Dawn) (Aloke Dasgupta)
8) Chasing The Light (Aloke Dasgupta/M. Gainen)
Arranged and Produced by M. Gainen and A. Dasgupta
Ensemble in India:
Aloke Dasgupta, Ranjeet Veer, Debasish Halder, Chirodeep ,Samrat Guha, Dr. G. Babu, Uduppi S. Sreekant, Perukavu P.L. Sudheer, Kottyam Murali, James Anose, Debojoyati Nag, Sourav Chaudhury, Arnab Mukherjee
Another trip to a place you may not have been physically or musically.

8) JUST DO SOMETHING (Global Jam Remix) - (M. Gainen)
Produced by M. Gainen and Craig Owens
This features most of the musicians on the CD and samples from all of the songs on this CD. Maurice’s instructions to musicians for this song: “Just do something...2 takes, not too much thought…I’ll mix it up later.”

10) Mergapati (Procession) (Balinese themes arranged by Cliff DeArment)
New Pacific (Cliff DeArment, Maria Bodman, M. Gainen , Mike Pievac and Barry Newton)
This song links the music and instrumentation of East and West in yet another way.

11) ANTARCTIC SUNRISE (M. Gainen/Douglas Quin)
Special Guest: Douglas Quin (Antarctica) - Antarctic Austral Soundscapes
All of the sounds and animals you hear including the ones that sound "synthesized" were recorded during one of Douglas' three seasons in Antarctica.

Maurice’s goal in doing this CD is to make the world a smaller and better place starting with one person, himself. He hopes that you enjoy the journey!


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Steve Dexter

Something for Everyone
These days when each album seems to have one good song and the rest fill, it is refreshing to hear a variety of good music. There is something on this album for everyone - all over the world. I would hope that someone from the film industry would consider Mr. Gainen for a soundtrack on a film.

Lisa Linehan

Trip around the world
From the start, Gainen\'s album, 7 Continents, takes the listener on a journey around the world. Tribal beats, intense soundscapes, variety and smooth transitions mark this album. Each piece takes the listener to a new heights - Sudaméricana delivers Argentina into your sound system; Brahana and Chasing the Light have a \"Buddha Bar\" qualities - again transforming the space for the listener; each track is worth a listen, and the CD is worth a permanent place in any adult listener\'s collection.

Tony Ezquivel

7 Continents
He used intelligently well the technology and put together his spirit with the other musicians around the world as if he himself had been with them. Big sensitivity and professional musicality, he show a special expression with his instrument in his compositions that one can call the "Gainen-style".

Robert Kyle

CEo-Dark Delishious Music
What a cool & intriguing project! I'm impressed not only with the music, but the concept is fascinating in this shrinking world. Excellent stuff here Maurice, inspired!



Music Connection Magazine

New Music Critique
Jazz saxman/producer Gainen has travelled the world to play with indigenous musicians, and the result of his journey is this multi-dimensional album. The tune “Aboriginal Dreamscape” allows Gainen’s spritely sax to float above a field of digeridoo drones. “Help Me Sing This Song Of Joy” is an original pop/gospel number voiced by The Hues Corporation. “Just Do Something” is an inspiring “global jam remix” that suggests that Gainen would be a great choice to compose and produce music for a major spectacle event a la the Olympics.

LA Jazz Scene Magazine

7 CONTINENTS – Global Jams
7 CONTINENTS – Global Jams

Representing music from around the world through his travels and at-home studio sessions, flutist Maurice Gainen has created a superb meeting-of-the-minds global jam. By enlisting the performance of musicians from both afar and at home, he’s able to mix world music and jazz in an improvised setting. Gainen plays flute and saxophone alongside instruments and singers who lend exotic sounds; different tracks feature didgeridoo, Spanish guitar, tabla, shenai, mrdangam, ghattam, Thai gong chimes, Balinese flute and more.
Home for Gainen is Los Angeles; however, his music reaches far and wide. The album even includes a Douglas Quin recording of natural Antarctic sounds mixed with Gainen’s flute melodies. While his travels include musicians and music from all over, the flutist seeks and finds a common bond. Language and culture may differ greatly from one nation to the next, but most groups agree on what makes good music when it comes to the mainstream.
Gainen’s songs float along natural pathways while incorporating rhythmic action; he makes you want to dance. Astor Piazzolla’s “Adios Nonino” represents Argentina, while Alotle Dasgupta’s “Brahana” provides echoes of southern India. Karoline Blandin’s French reading of her “Summer in Winter” issues clear and romantic. The flute, drum and human voice, after all, represent some of the earliest forms of music. By tying so many different cultures together on this graceful album. Flutist Gainen has created a universal tool.
Jim Santella