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Freedom Vessel

by George Kahn

Los Angeles based Melodic jazz piano trio, blending 50's bebop and smooth jazz. Featuring George on piano, Eric Marienthal, Bobby Rodriguez, Dave Carpenter and Joe Labarbera. "These guys are having too much fun.
Genre: Jazz: West Coast Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Millennium Schmellenium
5:44 $0.99
2. Blues For Sonny
5:03 $0.99
3. Evan's Seven
4:59 $0.99
4. Freedom Vessel
7:53 $0.99
5. Bill & Gil's Excellent Adventure
8:46 $0.99
6. The Way You Do the Things You Do
4:52 $0.99
7. One Moment of Your Life
5:35 $0.99
8. Samba By Starlight
5:33 $0.99
9. Over the Rainbow
3:30 $0.99
10. Strollin' (wif Ma Bebe)
4:09 $0.99
11. The Garden
4:48 $0.99
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Melodic jazz piano trio, music from the heart, direct to the hands. No drum machines, no synthesizers, playing live, real, in the moment.

Music to listen to over and over again.Creating a time and place that is new, yet familiar.

George Kahn is a jazz pianist who has played in and around Los Angeles for the last 20 years. His current group, "Party of Four" features M.B. Gordy on drums, Karl Vincent on Bass and Eric Marienthal on saxes. They will play anywhere that people will pay them to show up! George's misson in life is to return jazz to the glory days before synthesizers and drum machines raomed the earth.

George Kahn - Piano, Eric Marienthal - Saxes, Bobby Rodriguez on trumpet, Joe Labarbera on drums and Dave Carpenter on bass.

Review by Phrygia, from
OK, we are sickened by the amount of fun these guys are having. What's the matter with desolate guilt ridden music? Well, to tell you the truth, it sucks, so here we bring you some brassy jazz that wipes the cool off the mirror and hazes it up with something incredibly hot. George Kahn is what the teeming listeners would consider a 'mature' composer and musician, in the sense that he incorporates what we here in the Land of Phrygia Musical Appreciation and Phenomenal Artists College feel to be the most intense, if not the most difficult, music to master in the world. Classical music has cadence, structure, and is imprisoned or freed by the conductor. But when it comes to pure agility and stamina, Acid Jazz outshines any other genre in the abilities of the artists. That's where the crucial element comes in? Is it credible? For George, we would have to say no, it's not that credible. It's friggin' Incredible!



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Lynn Walton

Awesome - Highly Recommended
I thoroughly enjoy this cd (over and over). The whole group is clean and tight, fresh and creative, yet melodic enough to keep it approachable for those that are more smooth jazz inclined but looking to venture out. I love the variety that both Eric Marienthal's sax and Bobby Rodriguez' trumpet add to Kahn's wonderful piano playing. After playing this one for a little over a week I ordered Kahn's other ones .. Out of Time and Midnight Brew.

Paul Ross

Excellent CD. I bought this and Out Of Time together I would recommend them both. One thing that stands out for me is the excellent recording because the intruments can be heard distinctly when playing in at the same time

Greg Mclaughlin

Quality. If I could write a one word review for Freedom Vessel without risking admonishment, that is the word I would use.
George Kahn’s instrumental Jazz release is billed as being inspired by the fusion-era work of Miles Davis, and the similarities are more than superficial. The track starts with a bass line that lasts for the entire 7 minutes – however the layers of sounds and melodic phases for the other instruments vary frequently, making for an illustrious and very serene musical journey. This approach is similar to that of Davis’ “Bitches Brew” and “Pharaoh’s Dance”. Each section gets a chance to play the lead temporarily, and all of them work very well. Particularly impressive is the saxophone section, which makes fantastic use of dynamics without so much as faltering on a note (as a former sax player, I was able to appreciate the mastery). The trumpet and piano sections are also quite impressive, while the detailed percussion (far from just keeping the beat) has a certain groove factor that makes the song that much more attractive.
The mixing and recording are flawless. The performance is enthusiastic and expressive – it sounded like these guys were have fun! This is every bit as important as the technical aspects (for which I was unable to find any serious glitches anyway). And despite the song’s length, it never gets boring - not even for a minute.
The essence of jazz is that which can appear to have direction while structurally tending to the formless. Freedom Vessel achieves this and does so very stylishly. This is easily one of the best tracks I’ve heard anywhere, never mind online. Anyone who has even a slight appreciation for Jazz is strongly advised to check this out.

Greg McLaughlin
Assistant Editor, Gods of Music

Kevin Jolly

Great sound whether in trio setting or larger group. Highly recommended.

R.d Armstrong

A tight jazz sextet pays homage to some jazz greats
FREEDOM VESSEL by jazz pianist George Kahn, features trumpeter Bobby
Rodriguez in a tight sextet format. Most of the original compositions
are homages to the various influences in George's life, from Gil Evans
to Miles Davis. It's a straight-ahead treatment, if that's your cup of
tea, though his interpretation of Somewhere Over the Rainbow, does
skirt dangerously close to nostalgic sappiness (but I love that tune, so
who cares). This is balanced out by a whimsical treatment of The Way You Do the Things You Do. You can check George out online at
See for yourself.

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Melodic jazz piano trio, blending 50's bebop and smooth jazz. Music from the heart direct to the hands. No drum machines, no synthesizers. Live, real, in the moment.