GEORGE KAHN RELEASES NINTH STUDIO ALBUM, "STRAIGHT AHEAD" Featuring Alex Acuña on Drums, Lyman Medeiros on Bass
West Coast Jazz pianist George Kahn’s ninth album is a “groove party” from start to finish. The twelve tracks (all featuring George on piano, Alex Acuña on drums, Lyman Medeiros on bass) were recorded live in studio over three days. The songs build on Kahn’s love affair with West Coast Jazz, presenting seven new originals dedicated to jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Wynton Kelly and Joe Sample. Five cover tunes round out the set bringing contemporary pop tunes into the jazz lexicon.
STRAIGHT AHEAD is just what it sounds like: The songs are melodic and catchy, the feel is contemporary yet classic. Building on Kahn’s strong catalog of jazz releases, this set of twelve instrumentals will always be a good companion, wherever you are and whatever you do. Alex Acuña (a top Latin percussionist and studio musician, possibly best known for his albums with Weather Report) brings nuance and color to all the songs, especially his solo in “Wynton Kelly”. Lyman Medeiros, a young gun on the Los Angeles jazz scene, holds the groove together with his “big funky” sound.
GEORGE KAHN : STRAIGHT AHEAD is available for purchase on CDBABY.com, iTunes, Amazon and all digital music platforms. Promotion is handled by Beth Wernick , Imaginary Friends Music Partners. Radio promotion courtesy of GROOV Marketing.
Over the last 11 years George and his group have raised over $200,000 for PATH Ventures, a charity that builds housing for the homeless in Los Angeles. In keeping with his promise to help the homeless population of Los Angeles, one dollar from all album sales will be donated to PATH (People Assisting The Homeless www.epath.org)
A series of CD Release concerts are scheduled in the Los Angeles area in April and May 2018 with a West Coast tour planned for later in the year.