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Jaiman Crunk

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Jaiman Crunk

Jaiman was born into a musical family in the San Francisco Bay Area. His great grandparents were vaudeville performers - one grandfather was a singer and the other one was a guitarist. He was given his first guitar at the age of 5. He remembers his grandfather playing and teaching him many other songs of his era as a child. He also remembers his grandfather taking him to hear the fabulous Duke Ellington Orchestra, (with Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Cootie Williams, etc.), in San Francisco at the age of 12, which left a lasting impression on him of the enormous spiritual power that Ellington’s music has. His aunt played the organ at the local church and at family gatherings where the family would play and sing together. Jaiman’s parents regularly held jam sessions at their home where he got to meet and play with many great Bay Area musicians when he was growing up....
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“A cinematic kind of recording (that) demands your undivided attention. A winner throughout.” —Chris Spector, Midwest Record
With a vast lineup of some of the greatest names in jazz performing a diverse and ambitious set of original compositions, composer and guitarist Jaiman Crunk presents an auspicious debut recording. Tied together by Crunk's compositions, his choice to have, for instance, multiple bass players - including Ron Carter, John Patitucci, and Buster Williams - had less to do with star power and solo voices, but more how they would shape each piece they performed on. Even with the brilliant and distinctive voices of Randy Brecker, Ernie Watts, Wallace Roney, Andy Narell, Take 6, and musicians from the Seattle Symphony, Crunk has managed to weave them seamlessly into what is ultimately, a very personal statement.

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