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Chance (Origin Records) by Aaron Germain
A strong driving bass underpins a rolling electric storm. Rocks out.
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.
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