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“The very bridge between the forefathers – Clinton, Stone, Hancock – and something like D’Angelo”
-Straight No Chaser

"Composer and executive producer Aja West has mad chops!"
-URB Magazine

With this release, namesake of Steely Dan’s classic 1977 LP, funk conductor and mystical maestro, Aja West, has conjured a trilogy of jazz-funk albums as tight, complex and forward thinking as any Becker-Fagen concoction. Colorful and uncluttered, Aja’s arrangements show his composing prowess. As always, Aja surrounds himself with a team of crack musicians – such as Money Mark, as well as a host of Pacific Northwest jazz cats – while he leads the way on the Rhodes electric piano, Hohner Clavinet, the ARP String Ensemble, and multiple Moogs.

Taking cues from his Steely idols, as well as another demigod, jazz producer Creed Taylor, Aja West has carefully crafted a string of meticulously executed studio albums, perfectly balanced with the spontaneous and improvised primal nature of jazz-fusion monuments like Miles Davis’ Star People. Aja breathes the same air as these geniuses of the past but is wildly time traveling in his mind. Future music now.

credits

released February 13, 2009

Aja West: synthesizer, rhodes electric piano, hohner clavinet D6, guitaret, congas, bongos, triangle, talking drum, timbali, wood blocks, steel pans, chimes, bells, rain pan, duck calls, whistles
Steve Moore: synthesizer, wurlitzer piano, trombone
Cheeba: synthesizer
Steve Black: guitar
Dylan Cooper: bass
Alex Westcoat: drums
Snakerhythms: sax
Dave Carter: trumpet
Dana Birdall: cello
Nick Allison: piano

All songs composed by Aja West and The Mackrosoft
Produced, engineered and mixed by Aja West
Mastered by Mike Bozzi
Design by Mackenzie Belka
Photos by Mac Cheever

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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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