Ken Lasaine | Kl4

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by Ken Lasaine

Earthy, groove based re-interpretations of standards old and new.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ode to Billie Joe
7:42 $0.99
2. Minority
6:19 $0.99
3. The Raven Speaks
5:22 $0.99
4. Norwegian Wood
5:03 $0.99
5. After the Gold Rush
6:53 $0.99
6. Turnaround
9:35 $0.99
7. Dolcezza's Birthday Waltz
5:06 $0.99
8. Vera
4:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Earthy, groove based re-interpretations of standards both old and new.
The KL4 is an electric guitar led quartet featuring Ken Lasaine on guitar, Mike Alvidrez on acoustic bass, Kendall Kaye on drums and Chris Guardino on electric piano. The song selection ranges from the traditional Jazz repertoire of tunes like Gigi Gryce's "Minority", a soul/jazz version of the Bobbie Gentry hit, "Ode To Billie Joe" and to the seldom if ever covered Roger Waters song from the Wall, "Vera". Everything on the record was recorded live in the studio, done the traditional way with everyone playing together in the same room. It was beautifully recorded and produced by Sheldon Gomberg and mastered by Joe Gastwirt. Digipak artwork by Jun Ohnuki.



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Joe LoPiccolo

pretty badass
Really enjoyed this disc. Grooving tunes throughout with some complex reharms, great solos and great sound!

Ken Rosser

Highly recommended
I love this - Lasaine has such a great feel and sound. The band interaction is wonderful and a killer selection of tunes. Highly recommended

Charles Bull

Fine Wine
The first cut on the album got my attention. The band was locked tight in a cool, almost retro-jazz, version of Ode to Billy Joe. The drummer, Kendall Kaye, holds the song right in the pocket as guitarist Ken Lasaine, bassist Mike Alvidrez, and keyboardist Chris Guardino give a small taste of what is in store. It was like popping the cork off a bottle and pouring a small taste, while allowing the wine to breath. It only gets better from here, folks. Lasaine, Alvidrez and Kaye swing hard on the second cut, Minority. It is a clinic in guitar, bass, drums trio. Lasaine's guitar work reflects years of studying the greats - drinking from the source, as it were. But there is something quite unique in his approach to guitar. There is a thoughtful nuance to his playing that reflects an uncompromising commitment to the true spirit of one of the greatest uniquely American art forms; jazz. Thanks to the entire band for this fantastic album. Looking forward to the next CD. This is fine wine for the ears, guys!