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Guitarist Gene Ess brings his award-winning musicianship from a very diverse background. He grew up playing the classical piano and his early years were filled with the classical sounds of Beethoven and Chopin. Simultaneously, Gene was receiving a mix of influences: he was exposed to the indigenous music of Okinawa-Japan, and - growing up on a US Air Force Base- to the pop and jazz music coming out of the clubs for the American soldiers. All this amounted for an early obsession with music.

Gene performed in clubs and festivals all around Okinawa at the age of 14 playing popular music. The popular music did not satisfy Gene and after high school graduation, Gene left for George Mason University, where he pursued classical music studies...
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    Fractal Attraction

    SIMP Records
    2013
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    A Thousand Summers

    SIMP Records
    2012
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    Modes of Limited Transcendence

    SIMP Records
    2009
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    Modes of Limited Transcendence

    SIMP Records
    2008
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    Sandbox and Sanctum

    SIMP Records
    2005
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”It would be a bit foolish to say that in the vast ... It would be a bit foolish to say that in the vast world of recorded jazz, you still have to look for music of substance. Considering how much jazz is released on a regular basis, there’s more than enough music to go around, but sometimes they end up bring nothing but sonic clutter. Gene Ess is not clutter, in fact for some it may be the jazz album you’ve been seeking for for most of your life.

He was born Gene Shimosato, a cool enough name right there but that’s besides the point. For now he is known as Gene Ess, which in a way is cool in itself but that will leave potential listeners and fans to question “what’s Ess?” Now you know...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationRidgewood, NY

Willing to teachIntermediate to advanced students

Gene endorses and plays: CP Thornton Elite "Gene Ess" Custom Guitar, Xotic RC Booster, and Xotic AC Plus. Gene Ess uses vintage tube amps by Gibson, Fender, Vox, Kalamazoo.
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