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Jazz World Colors

by Maurice Gainen

Exotic Jazz, with flavors from around the world that relaxes with out insulting your intelligence.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gitano Corazon
5:19 $0.99
2. June In May
4:35 $0.99
3. Calling You
4:01 $0.99
4. Keita
4:21 $0.99
5. In The Air
4:28 $0.99
6. Bamboo Ballad
4:26 $0.99
7. Ça Va? (How's It Going?)
4:01 $0.99
8. Mango (Maurice's Tango)
4:07 $0.99
9. The Gospel To End All Gospels
5:08 $0.99
10. One For My Dad
5:01 $0.99
11. Make It Last
4:21 $0.99
12. No Trane, No Gain
5:25 $0.99
13. Mango (Remix)
5:06 $0.99
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Album Notes

Maurice completed studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music in Composition and Performance. He also received a National Endowment For The Arts scholarship to study under Jazz legend Lew Tabackin. In 1988 he opened his recording studio Maurice Gainen Productions in Los Angeles. Since then, he has produced, recorded, mixed and mastered too many CDs to count in all genres including Jazz, Alternative, Rap, R&B, Rock, World Music and Broadway. He has also played sax and/or flute on many of these CDs. The people recording at his studio and his session players include many well-known stars, such as Darek Oles w/Brad Mehldau and Bennie Maupin, Jim Hershman w/Lee Konitz and Scott Colley, Larry Koonse, Jim Hershman and Eric Von Essen and the L.A. Jazz Quartet (3 CDs). Maurice also did sound design for Patty Austin. He does CD mastering for all of the 5 major record labels and his recent credits include the last 100 CDs for Starbucks/Hear Music.

Maurice has always been interested in music from around the globe. This CD swims in a sea somewhere between World Music and Jazz. It is smooth around the edges, intelligent but not arrogant. It is not meant to impress with improvisational pyrotechnics, but to make listeners feel good, no matter what their level of musical knowledge. Melody is key.

He hopes that you enjoy the journey of "Jazz World Colors" as much as he enjoyed creating it.


GITANO CORAZON features Maurice's flute and the Spanish guitar of Marcelo Berestovy, who co-wrote the song with Claudia Brant. A vocal version is on the Latin Grammy nominated CD by Natalia Oreiro.

JUNE IN MAY is an original composition with an Asian flavor.

CALLING YOU is the gorgeous and haunting theme from the movie "Bagdad Café" given great respect by the tenor sax.

KEITA is another original with African inspiration and multi-layered flutes. All instruments were played by Maurice.

IN THE AIR was written by noted vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu, whose CDs Maurice produces and records. Tony Award nominated vocalist June Angela is the foil for the soprano sax.

BAMBOO BALLAD was written by Ken Shima, the Bob James of Japan. He is also featured on piano, with Smooth Jazz star Yutaka on koto and Maurice on the alto, bass and "C" flutes.

CA VA? is another Gainen original with him again playing all of the instruments, except for the solid acoustic bass of Mike Flick.

MANGO (Maurice's Tango), the most recent composition features Bandoneon legend Coco Trivisonno for a brief trip to Argentena where Berestovoy's guitar and the flute meet again.

THE GOSPEL TO END ALL GOSPELS lands right back in America at a church somewhere in the South with the soprano sax telling the story. It is another Gainen original.

ONE FOR MY DAD is a heartfelt dedication to Maurice's father, played on flute with a Latin flavor.

MAKE IT LAST is a lovely piece by Jason Marshall that features longtime Al Jarreau drummer Jota Morelli.

NO TRANE, NO GAIN is Maurice's homage to the legendary John Coltrane. It features the drums of the great Sonship Theus and puts us somewhere between New York City, the Middle East and India.

MANGO (Kez Remix) is a R&B reworking of Track 8, featuring the spoken word of the alluring Julia Estacolchic in English with her lovely native Argentinan accent.


Emiliano Almeida, June Angela, Shashanka Bakshi,
Marcelo Berestovoy, Gregg Bissonette, Joe Dougherty,
Julia Estacolchic, Dave Ferris, Mike Flick
Maurice Gainen, Jason Hann, Mike Jacobson
Kendall Kay, Kez, Tom Lerner, Jason Marshall
Jota Morelli, Suzette Moriarty, Craig Owens
George Rossi, Ken Shima ,Sonship Theus
Coco Trivisonno, Jamieson Trotter, Eric Von Essen,
Gary Willis, Cengis Yaltkaya, Yutaka



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Drew Saber

inspiringly melodic
This CD is fresh from the first downbeat! Stylistically diverse, the range of influences shows the depth and sophistication of the artist. Maurice deftly paints a sonic garden with Jazz World Colors!

Lincoln Adler

A wonderful soundtrack for those times when you need to chill...
Maurice has created a wonderful life soundtrack in Jazz World Colors. The variety on the CD is great, creating a constantly changing palette that is as cool as any dj mix. Thanks, Maurice, for creating such a beautiful vibe.

Amy R.

Enjoyed CD. Nice to listen to even for non-jazz aficionados.
I really enjoyed your new cd. It’s very nice to listen to even for those of us who aren’t great jazz aficionados. I passed it along to my dad also. Good luck getting the word out!!

Carol Gray- (Journalist)

Wow, you wrote, produced, arranged, etc. that beautiful music!?
I finally got a chance to listen to your CD which I LOVE!! Wow, you wrote, produced, arranged, etc. that beautiful music!? I had no idea! Do you ever

O. Tom

A rainbow of musical colors
Wonderful sax and flute playing. The original material is in a variety of styles, ranging from straight-ahead jazz, to Argentinian tango, to Japanese folk, to Gospel, to Hip Hop and more. Also a nice cover of "I Am Calling You" from the movie "Baghdad Cafe."


fascinating journey
A fresh blend of jazz with world music. Inspired performances with passion and energy!

Kenny Texeira

Excellent Musicians, overall production, arrangement, and intelligence
Tracks such as Gitano Corazon, Keita, In The Air, Mango, and No Trane - No Gain all have the capability of being in heavy rotation on radio. This CD is very well put together, from the incredible wind talents of Maurice to the great special guest musicians who lend their talents on many tracks, this cd is just smart from every angle. Very enjoyable!

Roxy of Roxy Especial

The CD hasn't left my CD player!
I've been listening to Maurice's creations as a producer for other people for years and it's so great to finally hear his own personal work of art. Maurice brings a fresh spin to the genre and his musicality shines through on every track. The CD hasn't left my CD player!

Tim Guille (Guitarist/Composer)

Amazing playing. Amazing production. I truly enjoyed it. ITS GREAT!
I got a chance to check out your CD, ITS GREAT! Amazing playing. Amazing production. I truly enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing!

R. Owens

...delicately combines latin, brazilian, jazz, oriental and other genres...
Maurice Gainen delicately combines latin, brazilian, jazz, oriental and other genres of music into a beautiful set of songs. He masterfully plays the flute, saxophone and other instruments creating beautiful melodies that really take you to a colorful and vibrant world. His eclectic group of musicians and
players only enhance the sound of this wel lcrafted CD.
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