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 his showmanship on electric bass often steals the show, his contemplative upright playing on “Chlkurin” reveals Germain’s true depth.
Aaron Germain: Before You Go [aarongermain.com]
San Francisco Bay Area doubler Aaron Germain shines on Before You Go, his debut as a leader. His rich and warm acoustic sound, courtesy a mic’d Romanian flatback, is the perfect sonic color for the album’s sophisticated contemporary jazz vibe, and he wields the electric with equal taste and panache, especially on the wickedly funky “Deep Breath.”