068 – New Mission: Hermann Lara

December 15, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Saxophonist and composer Hermann Lara is a product of the San Francisco’s jazz sound and tradition. Born and raised in the City’s vibrant Mission District, his musical credits range from performances with the local funk group Stymie & the Pimp Jones Luv Orchestra and stints with the Ray of Light Theatre Company to engagements with salsa legends Paquito Guzman and Lalo Rodriguez during salsa’s hey day. A 20 year veteran of the casual and weekend circuit, he breaks out on his own as leader and solo artist with his debut CD New Mission featuring 6 time Grammy nominee guitarist, Mike Stern. New Mission weaves together musical stories and themes which serve as tributes to the City’s iconic entertainment past & presents melodic commentaries based on the composer’s experiences as a musician and worker in America today.

Approaching his second full decade in music, the 40 year old offers his keen sense for musical styling and a full offering of improvisation filled jazz compositions with rhythmic settings based in Brazilian rhythms such as the Partido Alto to a New Orleans second line. The album covers fusion and groove based jazz and more traditional post bop tunes to a playfully, quirky ballad which are sure to impress. New Mission is a strong freshman outing from an experienced musician.

Credits: “MLR Intro” by “Rob McCann“, “Lewis & Clark” by “Hermann Lara“, “Tierra Pipil” by “Hermann Lara“, “Holdout” by “Hermann Lara“, “New Mission Matinee” by “Hermann Lara

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Category: Musicians, Podcast

About the Producer ()

Josh Almond – Producer. An artist and musician out of San Francisco. He has played electric bass for over 20 years in bands such as Obscurity, Without Warning, Random Eye, and Left Out Lamont – and lead guitar in Gunpowder. He has also done quite a bit of unreleased solo recording as well. The eldest son of two local visual artists, he has also continued on that path having done over 400 abstract paintings over the last ten years.

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