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Germinal

Germinal

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Chris Springer was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. His interest in music began at an early age with the piano but, at age 11, he switched to the guitar. Early experiences playing were in high school rock bands. It wasn't until 1986 when he started, with Craig Ducommun, the improvisational rock group Crazy Fingers that Chris became an active member of the Vancouver music scene. After playing with Crazy Fingers for four years Springer left for Hollywood, CA to attend the guitar program at The Musician's Institute. He returned after a year and, with Ducommun, began The Harvesters. This band was also rooted in the improvisational rock genre. The Harvesters released a CD and had a video of the Ducommun penned tune Juice Blues aired on Much Music. The band enjoyed moderate success locally and also toured across Canada and down the west coast as far as San Francisco. The band split in '94 after which Chris moved to New Orleans. While there he hooked up with some local musicians with whom he continues to be in contact. Before leaving for New Orleans Springer applied to the Berklee College of Music and found out that he was accepted while still in Louisiana. He moved back to Vancouver in May of '95 to prepare for his move to Boston. While at home he recorded a compilation CD with songs by himself, Ducommun and James Perry aka Bocephus King. The double disc called That's It? That's All! That's Everything, has many of Vancouver's finest musicians on it and although it was never released it was an amazing experience for everyone involved. In August of '95 Springer moved back to the States. Chris left Berklee after 8 months and moved back to Vancouver to start a new band with his long tune collaborator Craig Ducommun. The band was called G.W. Downe and had a distinctly Steely Dan sound to it. Although the two were still writing lyrics the move toward instrumental music was beginning. G.W. Downe lasted for about a year when the two decided that a new approach was necessary. The Springer/Ducommun Group began in 1999 and with three discs released, the latest with local label Maximum Jazz, has been going strong ever since. Craig Ducommun is a Vancouver born and raised composer/performer. Music has always been a big part of Craig's life, beginning with piano lessons at age seven. After seeing the movie The Sting in 1973, he was so impressed with the piano music of Scott Joplin featured in that film, he begged his parents, who are also musical to take piano lessons. It was from this point, learning the finer points of classical and popular music that his love of music really took root. As the years went by Craig began to explore the more improvisational side of music. In 1983 he joined his first rock band NUIQ, and the decision was cast for a career in music. In 1986, along with Chris Springer, he formed the improvisational rock band Crazy Fingers, which quickly became a mainstay in the Vancouver music scene. After a hiatus from the band, in which time Craig took the opportunity to travel through Southeast Asia, Chris and Craig formed a new band called The Harvesters. This band was also based in improvisational rock and was successful locally and also toured across Canada and down the West Coast as far as San Francisco. The band released one album, The Edge Of Suitability, and released a video of the Ducommun penned tune Juice Blues which aired on MuchMusic several times. The Harvesters broke up in 1994 at which time Chris Springer moved to New Orleans. After some soul searching Craig joined his longtime collaborator and friend there. It was here in New Orleans that his love of jazz became prominent in his composition style. Returning to Vancouver and taking some music theory courses at VCC he recorded a compilation of his and Springer's original music. The double disc, That's It? That's All! That's Everything. Features some of Vancouver's finest musicians and although never released, was an amazing experience. In 1997 Chris and Craig again formed a group called G.W. Downe, although still lyrically based, it leaned more towards a jazz structure. In 1999, they formed The Springer /Ducommun Group, a wholly instrumental jazz based group. The group has released three albums, Germinal, Opaque and Two Weeks From Everywhere, the latter with local label Maximum Jazz. Craig continues to work with The Springer/Ducommun Group as well as doing recording session work for local artists and composing for modern dance and independent film.

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Artist: Springer & Ducommun
Title: Germinal
Genre: Jazz
Release Date: 4/02/2003
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 775020058125
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