The Dawning of the Aja Aquarius

by The Mackrosoft

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“On an epic project, 27 musicians unite to drop a funky, winding tale of musical freedom. Hip-hop edges frame jazz, house and disco-soul as organic instruments mingle with digital manipulators in a seductive dance. Composer and executive producer Aja West has mad chops!”
-URB Magazine

The Mackrosoft "Trilogy of Four" ends here at the beginning, part zero: "The Dawning Of The Aja Aquarius". Conductor Aja West guides a great team of musicians on a journey to the edges of funk, hip-hop, contemporary jazz, and experimental fusion.

Four master drummers hold down the groove and guarantee dope beats throughout. Randy Guss (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Rich Lambert (Ima Robot, Hydrovibe), and the incredible father/son rhythm duo, Jason and Beck Vontver. Throughout the journey, Skerik (Critters Buggin, Syncopated Taint Septet) wields the sax like an electric guitar shredding through the mix while keyboard prodigy Alex Veley (Maktub, Dolemite) lays down the law on electric piano.

Multiple excellent vocalists appearing throughout the album in Sly Stone/James Brown style. Seattle soul man Darius Wilrich and Los Angeles sirens Heather Porcaro, Anne Montone and Holland Greco light up the album with their vocal flourishes.

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released 16 September 2005

Aja West: conductor, producer, arranger, piano, rhodes, clavinet, analog keys
Aaron Straight: didgera-beatbox
AJ Chavez: drums, auxiliary percussion
Alex Veley: rhodes, clavinet, organ, analog keys, vocals
Anne Montone: vocals
The Baba Ganoosh: violin
Beck Vontver: mini kit
Bel Kenya M.D.: synthesizer, programs, engineer
The Cheebacabra: beat
Daniel Gould: sax, effect
Darius Wilrich: rhodes, analog keys, vocals
Dragon Rojo: guitar
Flash: sidekick
Heather Porcaro: vocals
Holland Greco: vocals
Honorable Arigbaboo: bass
Jason Vontver: drums
Jim Knodle: trumpet
Nairobi Smoothide: voice
Nick Allison: piano
Randy Guss: drums
Rich Lambert: drums
Rick Robles: acoustic guitar, harmonica, vocals
Steve Black: guitar
Skerik: sax with extracurricular activity
Zack Price: conga

Produced by The Mackrosoft
Mastered by Evren Göknar
Design and illustration by Tom Manning
Photography by Phil Crotchit

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The Mackrosoft Seattle, Washington

Specializing in hybrids of funk, fusion, soul, jazz and electronic music, the Mackrosoft label and artist/manager Aja West have released a steady stream of strong CD and vinyl releases since 2000. Now eighteen albums deep, Mackrosoft has received generous accolades from fans and critics alike for its intelligent music and distinctive artwork. ... more

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