"Your CD is very beautiful. Thank you for the song in my honor. You play very well. Keep Mixing it up."
"If you love traditional jazz and have an equal appreciation of funk and Brazilian music you need to get a copy of "Before You Go" by bassist/composer Aaron Germain. Seldom have I heard a young artist busting out of the gates with such maturity in craftsmanship and compositional skills alike. This record is surprisingly well balanced thanks to an excellent ensemble of seasoned musicians who bring the skill, the vibe AND the love. I have worked with John Mclaughlin, Wayne Shorter and Zakir Hussain to name a few, and I am not easily impressed. But in the case of "Before You Go" I am!
"Germain felt an intense urge to record his work, which resulted in the fine album 'Before You Go'. Germain, who has worked with many luminaries, including Yusef Lateef, penned all 10 of the albums cuts, which reflect's his diverse interests....Germain shows his inventiveness as a composer on the waltz 'Lakefood'.... as a soloist Germain generally plays high register pizzicato lines and isn't afraid of taking on the burner, 'Culebra'
"San Francisco Bay Area doubler Aaron Germain shines on Before You Go, his debut as a leader. His rich and warm acoustic sound, courtesy a mic’d Romanian flatback, is the perfect sonic color for the album’s sophisticated contemporary jazz vibe, and he wields the electric with equal taste and panache, especially on the wickedly funky 'Deep Breath.'"
Bass Player Magazine
"The Bay Area's Aaron Germain has carved out a solid career as one of the busiest bassists on the jazz scene. His debut CD, "Before You Go," shows off not only his sublime proficiency on stand-up and electric bass, but also his dazzling compositional skills."
San Francisco Chronicle
"Aaron Germain is a cross genre bassist who keeps quite busy as one of the Bay Area’s most in demand bassists. Equally adept at both the electric and upright, his playing always sounds relaxed and confident. He never sounds as if he’s trying to do anything or get anything across to the listener aside from what the music asks of him."
Bass Musician Magazine
"Drawing on his varied resume, he handles every disparate feel on these ten original and creative compositions with an experienced pro’s confidence and musicality that rewards repeated listens. The music flows along with such grace and understated ease it’s almost shocking when Germain displays his formidable agility in a solo, as he does acoustically on 'Culebra' and electrically on 'Bellabou Baiao' to great effect. It’s pretty hard to fathom that this is his debut – Before You Go has the vibe of a well-hailed third album by an established jazz artist."
“”Before You Go features Germain's technical prowess on both upright and electric bass with a stellar crew of sidemen. The disc's ten tracks-all composed by Germain-are high energy romps with exceptional soloing....Germain's compositions are lyrical, harmonically interesting and groove heavy.....Bolstered by Germain's jaw-dropping electric solo, the tune leaves one wanting more from such a dynamic configuration.....Before You Go is an exciting session deserving of wide recognition. The level of musicianship is first-rate and Germain's rousing compositional skills are a delight.””
All About Jazz
"While the quality of his playing is obvious, Germain never uses the tunes simply to demonstrate his talent—neither does he push his own instrument too far to the front of the mix. The result is a beautifully balanced recording that gives all the musicians space to play.......Before You Go demonstrates his ability as a writer and bandleader and clearly sets out his potential—it's a lovely album, imbued with talent, imagination and humanity."”
All About Jazz
““ 'Admiral Drive,' with brushes and a nice upper end pizzicato solo from Germain....Best of all was the standout track “Bellabou Baiao,” a jittery piece with some terrific accordions, a great clarinet turn from Brown, and Germain’s most impressive work in his electric solo."..
"virtuosic Germain...has succeeded at creating an enjoyable set of modern jazz that is easily recommended"
LA Jazz Scene
"Aaron's "before you go" is sophisticated and elegant. I recommend it
to anyone who loves creative contemporary jazz played skillfully and
— Michael Manring