Aaron Germain


Origin 82652


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...imbued with talent, imagination and humanity.
- Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz

The San Francisco bassist brings together a group of the bay area's most creative musicians, along with the towering guitar-work of Paris-based Nguyen Le, for a dynamic set of original music. Intense grooves and colorful improvisation dominate, with influences ranging from Weather Report and the Head Hunters, to Senegalese Mbalax music, Vietnamese traditional folk, Afro-Cuban, and Japanese Enka music. Balancing the smoldering electric numbers with airy acoustic compositions, Germain allows every musician their voice while his own acoustic bass and 6-string electric often sings over the mix.

Track Listing:

1 Antes de Ir 8:44
2 Ginger Skin 6:17
3 Bunk Bread 7:01
4 Chikurin 6:11
5 Nhung Bac Thang 7:21
6 Already Not Yet 5:47
7 Ringo Oiwake Intro 1:42
8 Ringo Oiwake 4:44


AARON GERMAIN - Electric & Acoustic Basses
NGUY�N L� - Guitar
FRANK MARTIN - Piano, Fender Rhodes, B-3 organ, Mini Moog
MARY FETTIG - Flute (1)
VAN-ANH VO - Dan T'rung (5)

Production Info:

Produced by Aaron Germain
Recorded & mixed by Dan Feiszli at
Trilogy Studio, San Francisco, CA
and What's for Lunch? Recording, El Cerrito, CA
Oct 30, 2012 & March 4, 2013
Mixed at What's For Lunch?, El Cerrito, CA
Mastered by Ken Lee
at Ken Lee Mastering, Oakland, CA
Cover photo by Tim Booth
Back cover photo by David Martinez
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

Reviews of Chance

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
Inventive world beat jazz. Nothing so radical about that, or is there? This bass led, international quartet lives up to the elements on the hype sheet. Intertwining Weather Report with Headhunters with various world sounds, this crew does it all and does it on point in a creative and fascinating way. Top shelf stuff for the sitting down jazz fan ...

All About Jazz (Ian Patterson)
San Francisco based bassist/composer Aaron Germain's follow-up to his debut Before You Go (Self Produced, 2010) harnesses some of the Bay Area's finest musicians on another set of the leader's original compositions. The personnel, who includes French/Vietnamese guitarist Nguyen Le, is completely different to Germain's eclectic debut and it soun ...

Bassplayer Magazine (Jon D?Auria)
On his new album Chance, the San Francisco Bay Area?s Aaron Germain brings his impressive chops to a set of compositions demonstrating his take on jazz, blues, and fusion. Using both electric and upright basses to lead his live band, Germain?s lightning-fast licks shine on songs like ?Already Not Yet,? ?Bunk Bread,? and ?Ginger Skin,? but though hi ...

Jazziz ()
Veteran Portland Bassist and composer David Friesen is a vital part of the Pacific Northwest jazz scene, and has recorded with the disparate likes of Stan Getz and Sam Rivers, Woody Shaw and Mal Waldron. Now, at age 72, he's released a two-disc set of original music, captured live with his Circle 3 Trio in performances in Oregon and Arizona, and i ...

Chicago Jazz Magazine (Hrayr Attarian)
Ten intriguing pieces in an intimate ambience comprise guitarist Scott Hesse's Stillness of Motion. The vibrantly organic music brims with spontaneity within its intricately constructed framework, occupying a space between a free blowing session and a rigidly adhered interpretation. This delightful and seamless blend of the improvised and the comp ...

JazzTimes (Christopher Loudon)
Californian Allison Adams Tucker is far from the first artist to parlay an album-length playlist into an around-the-world travelogue. But she comes by the concept more honestly than most, having circled the globe multiple times, performing everywhere from Tuscany to Tokyo, all the while developing credible fluency in six languages. Nor has her musi ...





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