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„Ride It Through“ is a new inspirational tune that I recently composed and recorded in memory of a dear and talented friend (K.C.). It is a song of hope, strength, harmony and peace – all the things that the world so desperately needs, particularly today. Several extraordinarily talented musical artists supported me with this project …

Prince Diabaté (www.princediabate.com) – one of Africa’s virtuoso kora masters. Prince Diabaté hails from a prominent, Malinké family from Guinea, West Africa. He learned his art from his father, Djéli Sori Diabaté. Breaking with tradition, his father also taught Prince's mother, Hadja Djéli Sira Cissoko, to play kora. The young boy became an exceptionally early starter by accompanying his parents to their concerts throughout West Africa. Considered to be one of the leading kora players of his generation, Prince Diabaté brings not only total mastery over his ancestral tradition, but a commitment to renew it through fresh ideas and exchanges with musicians from many cultures. This has lead to collaborations with artists and groups as diverse as The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra; flamenco guitarist, Adam del Monte; sitar player, Paul Livingstone & latin rock band, Ozomatli among many others. Prince Diabaté currently divides his time between France, Guinea and California, where he teaches privately and lectures at colleges and universities. He is also sought after for film and television work in Hollywood. His latest project in Guinea is the creation of "The Prince Diabaté Academy of Music," the first privately-funded, international music school in the country, which is now under construction. I met Prince several years ago in Seattle when we both played at the same concert.

Monette Marino (www.monettemarino.com). Monette Marino is an exceptionally talented world percussionist. She spent the majority of the last 20 years studying under Master Drummer Mamady Keïta from Guinea. In 1999 she received her Teaching Certificate from Mr.Keïta and opened a branch of Tam Tam Mandingue USA in San Diego, California. From 2004–2012 she managed Mamady’s world tours, assisted him in teaching master classes, and performed with his ensemble, Sewa Kan. She received her diploma from Mamady Keïta & Tam Tam Mandingue in 2011. Monette Marino created an iOS App to study and play-along with traditional West African rhythms for Djembe & Dunun, it is called “MoRhythm-Africa” and is available on iTunes for iPhone/iPad/Apple TV. Monette currently lives in San Diego.

Audrey Karrasch (https://essentiallypop.com/epop/2015/09/audrey-karrasch-tells-us-her-side-of-the-story/). Audrey was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, in a big family who encouraged her love of singing and playing. In high school, Audrey sang in her first rock band, Passed Judgement, who were into alternative bands like Flyleaf and Paramour but also fond of hard-core breakdowns in the middle of songs. Audrey spent a six-month stint on the US version of “The Voice”, which was an experience that taught her a lot about the music and TV business and made her more determined to fulfil her dream of defining her real self as a singer-songwriter. She’s also had a long-time interest in learning recording studio engineering, and got a chance to do both with a relocation to Kansas City to study studio technique at JTL Group, whose founder encouraged her to work with Aswan North on the songs for a debut solo EP. Audrey currently lives in Los Angeles.

Paul Tavenner / Big City Recording Studios (http://bigcityrecording.com/Home.html). Paul grew up in a musical family. His mom didn’t play an instrument and regretted it, so she made of each play an instrument for one year. After that, it was up to each of the children to decide to continue or not. She got two professional musicians out of the deal (Paul is an exceptional drummer, in addition to his recording and engineering talents)!

After high school, Paul studied music production, engineering, and performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Once he got his degree, he moved to Los Angeles where he worked at various recording facilities including Capitol Records, Producers Workshop, Kitchen Sync Studios, CBS-TV City, and others. After getting some solid experience in the industry, he started a CD mastering company called Man Alive Music Productions in 1989. His startup was the lower cost and independent alternative to the major mastering houses in LA. He ran this business by utilizing other studios that had down time. Eventually, he was able to buy his own studio in Granada Hills, CA where he’s been for 17 years.

A high-quality MP3 of "Ride It Through" can be purchased at all major online stores, including CDBaby at the following link:

http://store.cdbaby.com/cd/jaimancrunk2

 

ENCOUNTERS CD released in December 2012 on Origin Records

REVIEWS: 

Urban Flux (Rob Young):
I'm pleased to share with you a new artist named Jaiman Crunk. He's a guitarist/composer who emerges on the music scene with the blossoming fruits of his latest endeavor simply titled "ENCOUNTERS", his debut on Origin Records. "Encounters" is subsequently a fine collection of eight palpable songs quilted with diverse blend of resonating tones, mel ... 

Midwest Record (Chris Spector): Reminiscent of the kind of grand sitting down jazz date you'd get when someone would write someone like Michel LeGrand or Michel Columbier a check big enough to realize a grand vision, this new kid on the block has everyone in jazz turn out to lend a hand. Maybe not everyone but if you look at the credit list, it does go on forever and it's all m ... 

Die digitale Jazz - Zeitung (Editor): Supported by a cast of some of the biggest names in jazz today, composer and guitarist, Jaiman Crunk, presents a variety of original compositions in his debut album, "Encounters". The album includes compositions ranging from a refreshing ballad entitled, "What You Know", featuring pianist, Bill Anschell, to an upbeat composition full of colorful ...

scottyanow.com (Scott Yanow):
Part of a musical family, guitarist Jaiman Crunk grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, spent years living in Europe, and is now based in Seattle. Encounters is his recording debut and it is a particularly impressive effort for Crunk, both as a guitarist and as a composer. The personnel and instrumentation change from song-to-song on Encounters. ... 

All About Jazz (Ian Patterson):
Seattle-based guitarist Jaiman Crunk hasn't taken half measures on Encounters, his debut as leader. In addition to marshalling over 20 top jazz musicians, cherry picked for specific roles, Crunk employs fourteen brass, woodwind and string musicians from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on half the compositions. These four numbers in particular underli ... 

Cadence (Don Lerman):
Original music from guitarist/composer Jaiman Crunk is provided on Encounters, a large scale production recorded over nearly a two-year period. Crunk's arrangements of his own music utilize both larger ensembles of over twenty musicians and smaller groups of from two to six performers. The larger group, made up of rhythm section plus brass, winds, ... 

Guitar Player Magazine (Barry Cleveland):
The eight harmonically sophisticated, sonically rich, and typically swinging compositions on Encounters have a decidedly old-school jazz feel, as do most of Crunk’s guitar tones and his engaging but relatively linear and straight-ahead approach to soloing—though the backstory is more nuanced ...

ENCOUNTERS CD released in December 2012 on Origin Records

REVIEWS:

Urban Flux (Rob Young): I'm pleased to share with you a new artist named Jaiman Crunk. He's a guitarist/composer who emerges on the music scene with the blossoming fruits of his latest endeavor simply titled "ENCOUNTERS", his debut on Origin Records. "Encounters" is subsequently a fine collection of eight palpable songs quilted with diverse blend of resonating tones, mel ...

Midwest Record (Chris Spector): Reminiscent of the kind of grand sitting down jazz date you'd get when someone would write someone like Michel LeGrand or Michel Columbier a check big enough to realize a grand vision, this new kid on the block has everyone in jazz turn out to lend a hand. Maybe not everyone but if you look at the credit list, it does go on forever and it's all m ...

Die digitale Jazz - Zeitung (Editor): Supported by a cast of some of the biggest names in jazz today, composer and guitarist, Jaiman Crunk, presents a variety of original compositions in his debut album, "Encounters". The album includes compositions ranging from a refreshing ballad entitled, "What You Know", featuring pianist, Bill Anschell, to an upbeat composition full of colorful ...

scottyanow.com (Scott Yanow): Part of a musical family, guitarist Jaiman Crunk grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, spent years living in Europe, and is now based in Seattle. Encounters is his recording debut and it is a particularly impressive effort for Crunk, both as a guitarist and as a composer. The personnel and instrumentation change from song-to-song on Encounters. ...

All About Jazz (Ian Patterson): Seattle-based guitarist Jaiman Crunk hasn't taken half measures on Encounters, his debut as leader. In addition to marshalling over 20 top jazz musicians, cherry picked for specific roles, Crunk employs fourteen brass, woodwind and string musicians from the Seattle Symphony Orchestra on half the compositions. These four numbers in particular underli ...

Cadence (Don Lerman): Original music from guitarist/composer Jaiman Crunk is provided on Encounters, a large scale production recorded over nearly a two-year period. Crunk's arrangements of his own music utilize both larger ensembles of over twenty musicians and smaller groups of from two to six performers. The larger group, made up of rhythm section plus brass, winds, ...

Guitar Player Magazine (Barry Cleveland): The eight harmonically sophisticated, sonically rich, and typically swinging compositions on Encounters have a decidedly old-school jazz feel, as do most of Crunk’s guitar tones and his engaging but relatively linear and straight-ahead approach to soloing—though the backstory is more nuanced ...

Link to Guitar Player article:

http://www.guitarplayer.com/artists/1013/jaiman-crunk-goes-all-out-on-his-jazzy-debut/23671

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