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1- THE NORTH is a jazz trio
Romain COLLIN, piano
Shawn CONLEY, bass
Abe LAGRIMAS Jr., drums

As Conley states, “The North is a band, not just a piano trio. And our love of music from a wide variety of genres binds us. We are trying to make music that’s as engaging and fun to listen to as it is for us to create.”
The North formed when French-born Collin, who earned wide acclaim for his 2012 CD The Calling, teamed up with Hawaiian natives Conley and Lagrimas, Jr. for a ten-day series of public performances in Hawaii during which the three musicians developed, in Collin’s words, a “musical sympathy. ” The chemistry they formed during that initial tour led to a three week Hawaiian visit in 2012 when the band worked on material for Slow Down (This Isn’t the Mainland). As Conley reminisces in the album’s notes: “In a world where albums are often recorded in a couple of hectic studio days, three weeks devoted to this creative collaboration among friends was the ultimate dream.”
Slow Down (This Isn’t The Mainland) showcases The North, a masterful and inspiring new, melody-infused trio featuring pianist Romain Collin, bassist Shawn Conley and drummer Abe Lagrimas Jr.
Collin’s 2012 CD The Calling Earned Wide Acclaim as “a work of art that is worthy of being held onto for generations to come” (Eric Sandler, The Revivalist), and “achingly beautifulŠElegiac, almost hymnalŠ” (Ian Patterson, All About Jazz)
Bristling with moving melodies, fierce group interaction and virtuosic playing, Slow Down (This Isn’t The Mainland) - the debut album from the cooperative trio, The North - is Hawaiian-grown; a brilliant musical reflection of the celebrated sun, surf and soil of the Pacific paradise.


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