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The Dave Kain Group | No Pain, No Kain

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No Pain, No Kain

by The Dave Kain Group

A jazz quartet that swings with more modern harmonic and rhythmic ideas. All being done with new original compositions written by the bands leader Dave Kain.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Juris Duty
6:11 album only
2. Shoe
6:57 album only
3. Two Faces
6:15 album only
4. Kolyma
5:02 album only
5. The Deciding Factor
10:22 album only
6. Visions of Mediocrity
7:03 album only
7. Epochal
7:15 album only
8. On My Way Home
4:39 album only


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Updated bio and reviews soon to come. Until then, please enjoy the cd.

Dave Kain

Personnel on No Pain, No Kain

Dave Kain-guitar
Matt Garrison-saxophone
Dylan Johnson-bass
Jon Cowherd-piano
Jeff Hirshfield-drums

"Dave Kain is one of the brightest improvisors on today's contemporary music scene."-Vic Juris

"Dave Kain is an exceptionally talented jazz guitarist who writes intelligent, thoughtful music that packs quite an emotional punch!"-Jon Cowherd

Review from Jazz Improv Magazine

By Brandon Bernstein

Dave Kain is an up and coming jazz guitarist.
His latest album under his own name, No Pain, No
Kain, is a terrific album showcasing Kain’s imagination
as a composer, and featuring eight beautifully
written original compositions. Kain is a well-rounded
musician having studied with some of the most respected
artists including John Abercrombie, Joe Carbone,
Joe Monk, Bill Farrish, Greg Bobulinski, Jack
Wilkins, Jay Azzolina, and Chris Morrison. In 2001
he formed the Dave Kain Group with a mission not
to be restricted to playing only jazz standards, but
also to focus on creating new original jazz music. No
Pain, No Kain, includes Dave Kain on guitar, Matt
Garrison on saxophone, Dylan Johnson on bass, Jon
Cowherd on piano, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums.
The CD begins with “Juris Duty,” an original
contemporary composition. After the saxophone
states the melody, pianist Jim Cowherd is the first
soloist, and delivers an exceptional solo, highlighted
by long, linear passages, as well as creative rhythmic
ideas. Saxophonist Matt Garrison follows Cowherd,
adding a stellar performance of his own, building
on the energy Cowherd began. Kain steps up as the
final soloist on this track – impressively expanding
melodic ideas, expressed with the magnificent tone
he had developed on his instrument. The song ends
with the restatement of the melody. Throughout the
song, the band is in sync, hitting punches and listening
together well.
The composition “Kolyma” is among the highlights
of the album. The guitar and saxophone play
the melody together, with the pianist playing the harmony
in the background. The guitar and saxophone
blend beautifully together. Kain is the first to step
into the spotlight, playing a masterfully executedsolo – with fluidity on the guitar, up and down the
neck, crafting intricate ideas assimilating contemporary
My favorite track on the album is the ballad
“Own My Way Home.” Kain and Garrison begin the
song as a saxophone/guitar duet. Kain’s chord voicings
are outstanding in his accompaniment of Garrison’s
improvisation. The rest of the band soon enters. Garrison
maintains the energy, captivating the listener
until the conclusion with powerful and mesmerizing
melody. This composition showcases Jon Cowherd on
piano who produces another stunning solo.
No Pain, No Gain is a well-crafted album of
contemporary jazz. The band is familiar with both
the traditions of the music – past and present – producing
a compelling hour of listening!



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