(New York, NY, March 1, 2021) Today, Grammy-nominated electric bassist Jonathan Maron will release Wide Open Lazy Eye. In addition to being a founding member of NYC’s legendary Groove Collective, Maron has played with futuristic soul icons Maxwell and Meshell Ndegeocello, contributed to dancefloor anthems by Ron Trent and DJ Spinna, and joined in far-reaching electronic jazz improvisations with Dave Douglas and Donny McCaslin. Now, with Wide Open Lazy Eye, Maron brings forward his first release as a leader.
Wide Open Lazy Eye includes five new tracks, taking the listener on a journey from the soulful quirky lilt of ‘Lazy Eye,’ to the introspective ambient funk of ‘I Know You.’ While bass features throughout, the focus is on storytelling, texture, and mood. This is in no small part due to the contributions of producer/mixer Riley McMahon (Spottiswoode and his Enemies), a longtime friend and collaborator.
The tracks on Wide Open Lazy Eye showcase Maron’s playing and composition, in the company of some of New York’s best musicians. “This project gave me the opportunity to bring together long time collaborators as well as musicians I admire who I might not have played with before,” Maron explained. “Over the years I’ve been lucky to have many super-geniuses on my gigs. And as a result, I’ve written a lot of music and forged a lot of deep musical connections.”
The EP is available for download via Bandcamp, and streaming on all digital platforms.
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About Jonathan Maron
Jonathan Maron is a Grammy-nominated electric bassist, composer and producer. Maron's unique approach, propulsive basslines and big sound travel with him, always, regardless of the musical setting. Early in his career, Jonathan co-founded New York's now legendary Groove Collective, a band that has toured internationally, released eight albums including their Grammy-nominated, "People People Music Music." The band's dance-floor blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms, jazz, funk, and house music has provided a perfect showcase for Maron's playing and writing. With other artists, Jonathan can be heard on almost 200 records ranging widely in style, including Maxwell's platinum selling “Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)." Maron has also performed with Meshell Ndegeocello, Tupac Shakur, Shujaat Khan, Shigeto, Dave Douglas, Ron Trent, DJ Spinna, India.Arie, Donny McCaslin and Kurt Rosenwinkel among many others.
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