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Jim Hagen

by Jim Hagen

Original contemporary jazz album featuring electric and acoustic guitars, vibes, keyboards, bass and drums!
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On the Scene
4:49 album only
2. Winter Storm
4:50 album only
3. Midnight Drive
5:04 album only
4. Walk With You
5:37 album only
5. Friday At Five
3:27 album only
6. Piece of Cake
4:34 album only
7. Rock Haven
3:55 album only
8. See You Next Spring
4:57 album only
9. Have Faith
4:19 album only
10. Sincerely
1:52 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Recent review by James McQuiston, NeuFutur magazine:

"On the Scene is the introductory track on this album, and it provides listeners with a very taut and alluring set of arrangements. The music ties together smooth jazz with a hint of funk to establish a timeless quality to Hagen’s music. Midnight Drive contains a tremendous amount of rhythm, crafting an interesting dynamic between the organic and electronic instrumentation. The narrative that is created during this self-titled release far outstrips vocal bands, as the interplay between the different instruments creates a voluminous text that has to be heard to be believed.

"Friday at Five looks back to the rock of the late seventies and eighties for inspiration, linking together the works of Ted Nugent and Loggins and Messina with a bright and effervescent jazz feel. The placement of Friday at Five in the middle of the album is smart, as it will provide listeners with the momentum that they need to follow through to an effort like See You Next Spring. The titular season is alluded to during this composition, which provides the beginnings to the inevitable close of the album. Jim Hagan’s self-titled album ends with Sincerely, a touching type of effort that will resound with listeners long after the album closes up." Top Tracks: See You Next Spring, Friday at Five, Walk With you
Rating: 8.4/10

Jim Hagen hails from Kansas City, where he started learning guitar at the age of 10. He studied classical guitar at Penn Valley College and the Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His band, Prophet, opened for some major recording artists, including John Kay and Steppenwolf, Jeff Berlin, and Bill Bruford of Yes.

He moved to California in the 1980s and formed a new group called Arroyo Culture, which played numerous clubs in Hollywood and Los Angeles. The band released a CD on Partly Dave Records and was featured in College Music Journal and local radio. During this time, Hagen continued to study classical guitar with Robert Vaught and jazz guitar with Ron Anthony, guitarist for Frank Sinatra, and Riner Scivally.

His musical tastes changed and he eventually started playing jazz, incorporating original compositions with jazz classics. Today, Hagen continues to compose and record original songs, and perform with his jazz cover band.



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