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Roland Guerin

Roland Guerin
Roland Guerin

Dynamic Louisiana musician Roland Guerin is among a handful of musicians who’ve demonstrated remarkable prowess and prodigious technique on both acoustic and electric basses. Indeed Guerin’s latest release, Groove, Swing & Harmony (True Entertainment, via rolandguerin.com), includes a marvelous opening and closing solo rendition of “Cherokee” featuring Guerin’s rapid-fire slap technique on acoustic bass; several numbers on which he displays equally impressive electric technique on R&B or groove-centered pieces like “Growing,” which also includes Guerin’s surprisingly effective lead vocal; and a smart cover of the Stylistics ’70s soul hit “People Make the World Go Round.” Guerin sees nothing especially noteworthy or strange about being an eclectic artist or making records that encompass works by Ray Noble, Ornette Coleman and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Skip Scarborough.

“I like music,” says Guerin. “I came up playing and listening to all kinds of music in Louisiana. There was jazz and classical, folk, blues, R&B, zydeco. My mother played bass in jazz, blues and zydeco bands. We used to have jam sessions at home, and I’ve played some of everything. For me the true test of anything is how skillful the musicians are when they’re playing it.”

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