Always happy to discover artists like Barry Aiken! The Canadian born composer and keyboardist spent five years in San Diego, while attending San Diego State University in the 1980’s. In fact, his son was born just down the road from the historic Balboa Park. Aiken's roots dug in deep during those five years; he was one of the founding members of the San Diego contemporary jazz group, Flight 7. Local jazz enthusiasts will recall… Currently, Barry resides in the beautiful state of Idaho and composes music for network television including ESPN, History, Lifetime, A&E and Golf channels. The new release BALBOA PARK is as fun and cool as it's namesake, America's largest urban cultural park and home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. The CD sounds like a smooth ride through California with smooth jazz, funk, Latin and R&B textures featured on the twelve original compositions. The mostly instrumental project does feature a few soulful vocal tunes showcasing the talented Keely Whitney. Barry Aiken’s playing is at times, cinematic and sweeping, a favorite style of ours here at Songs like “Travel 2 North” and “Too Little Time” have a Metheny feel to them with their sense of adventure and sweet melodies. The funk meter goes to the top on “Sending A Message” and the groove gauge peaks with “Make Up Your Mind” complete with organ and horns. Really exceptional song writing and playing on this one… Nice to find you Barry Aiken! ~Sandy Shore” - Sandy Shore


Touring with Gino Barry Aiken, a Coeur d'Alene keyboardist and music teacher, has joined Gino Vannelli's tour this summer. Remember Vannelli? He's the Montreal-based singer-songwriter who had hits in the late '70s-early '80s with "People Gotta Move," "I Just Wanna Stop" and "Living Inside Myself." (No, he has no connection with Milli Vanilli.) Aiken is taking time out from his own performing and teaching to play a series of dates in Canada and the U.S. Check out his Web site” - Jim Kershner

— The Spokesman-Review