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Gene Lake

Instrument: Drums

Origin: USA

Label: Passin Thru

Distribution: /

Territory: Worldwide

Gene Lake was born in St. Louis, Missouri and was exposed very early to the Black Artist Group, “a seedbed for innovation” and a collective rally of black musicians, poets, dancers and artists from all disciplines led by his father Oliver Lake. This reflected in his constant desire to actively search for innovation and musically adventurous forms and techniques.

He lived in Missouri until the age of 14, when he moved to New York City and attended the High School of Music and Arts. From there he moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. During more than ten years, he has been playing with a stunningly diverse range of artists: Joe Zawinul, Marcus Miller, Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill, Me’shell NdegeOcello, D’Angelo, Cassandra Wilson, Jason Miles, diverse R&B and jazz/rap groups and the wildly original rock/funk/jazz fusion group Torsos.

Gene is an all around drummer who cut his teeth on funk and jazz and embodies the contradictions of modern music. But his aesthetic vision stays always focused on black heritage and tradition.

His last album “Here And Now” (2010) takes the listener on a musical journey, traveling from hard funk to jazz fusion via R&B songs. It features an eclectic mix of pop vocals, virtuoso drumming and instrumental ballads and diverse musicians ranging from jazz legend David Sanborn on saxophone to harmonica player Gregoire Maret and two Screaming Headless Torsos musicians: pop vocalist Freedom Bremner and jazz/rock guitarist David Fuiczynski.

Gene Lake, "a jazz-musician who doesn't want to play just jazz", plans in the future to spend more time writing and establishing himself not only as a brilliant sideman but as a true leader deeply grounded in the basics of great funk music. Europe will be a key target in his new musical ventures.

Gene Lake is recording his next CD with David Gilmore, Federico Gonzalez Pena, Brad Jones and Alex Han. 

The CD release should be for 2017!
More info soon.

"GENE LAKE PROJECT"
Gene Lake - drums
Alex Han - saxophone
David Gilmore - guitar
Federico Gonzalez Pena - keyboards
Brad Jones - bass

"GENE LAKE PROJECT": 2017 & 2018

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