The diverse background of award winning guitarist Gene Ess has had a profound effect on creating his unique style. Gene’s musical background began with the study of classical piano with a focus on the works of Beethoven and Chopin. Though Gene is originally from Tokyo, Japan, he grew up on a United States Air Force Base on Okinawa. This experience led him to be exposed to a mix of cultural influences ranging from indigenous music of Okinawa to the pop and jazz music that flowed from the clubs that catered to American soldiers.
Through the 1990’s, Gene recorded and toured globally with the prolific drummer Rashied Ali (known for his association with saxophonist John Coltrane). In 2002, The Rashied Ali Quintet released “No One In Particular,” which was co-produced by Gene and well received by critics. Carlos Santana, Archie Shepp, Matt Garrison, Reggie Workman, Ravi Coltrane and Dave Liebman are just some of the important jazz figureheads Gene has shared the stage with.
‘Eternal Monomyth’, the latest album from Gene Ess, will be formally released on April 27, 2015, following the album release celebration at Drom. This set of new music continues Gene’s exploration of using the voice as an instrument in a chamber group setting. The album is a companion piece to the SESAC Outstanding Jazz Award winning album ‘Fractal Attraction’, which garnered international acclaim and peaked at number 3 on the national jazz radio chart.
Joining Gene is a stellar lineup featuring some of the most sought after names in jazz including vocalist Thana Alexa, (winner of the 2011 Jazzon Alpe-Adria International Award), bassist Thomson Kneeland, world-renowned drummer Clarence Penn and special guest, pianist Dan Tepfer.