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Aaron Bing

Some artists can only exist as opening acts and sidemen for so long before rising to the surface in a glorious sheen that dares one to ignore them. Working the soprano and alto saxes like he is part of those instruments–and playing all other instruments on this project, by the way–Aaron Bing comes to us with Secret Place, this time via Century Records, in a blaze of personality and charm. Having cranked out two other tight albums (Christmas Dream?a compilation of some of the season?s favorites–and Always), this cat is no newcomer to smooth jazz, as is clearly evidenced in this production.

Bing may actually be known to many as the artist who appeared on the The Late Show with David Letterman to be recognized for his part in a Guinness World Record challenge. His feat? Holding a note for 39 minutes and 40 seconds! Although that didn’t beat the Kenny G 1997 record of 45 minutes, 47 seconds, it certainly should be sufficient for notoriety. Bing also claims proficiency on 20 instruments, excluding the alto and soprano saxes, and is self-taught on 16 of them. I should think this qualifies him as being quite dedicated to his craft.

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