Composing music was always a natural thing for me, even before I had any knowledge about harmony. This CD is the first release of my extensive repertoire of orginal music. I was blessed to have some of the best jazz musicians join me for this live studio recording of my music. Hope you will enjoy it. Thank you. The spark that lit a fire for Jazz in Christian Beining at 17 years of age in his native Freiburg, Germany, came from the guitar of Wes Montgomery. From that inspiration he went on to study guitar first at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern. He then later refined his playing at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and the Musicians Institute's GIT( Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood. Further studies were with Ted Greene, Joe Diorio, Joe Pass, Robben Ford, Larry Carlton, as well as bass teacher, Bob Magnusson. Christian was on the faculty of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood for eight years and taught music clinics in France, Germany, and Brazil. He has recorded and performed with many well-known musicians like Randy Porter, Bob Magnusson, Jim Plank, Harvie Swartz, John Guerin, Frank Gambale, Mike Shapiro, Putter Smith, Carlos Niehues, Lorca Hart and currently with Paul McCandless of the legendary jazz group 'Oregon'. Randy Porter, piano, is well known for his fine jazz piano performance. He draws from a rich palette of sonorities found within his imagination and the depth of the piano. His performances have included those with Freddy Hubbard, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, and Charles McPherson. Porter's solo artistry can be heard on his latest CD 'Thirst Soul' (2008). Bob Magnusson, bass, is much in demand as a jazz, pop, and classical bassist. LA Times critic Leonard Feather wrote of him: 'His solos are models of creative, sponateous artistry'. Bob has performed with jazz greats Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, and Natalie Cole. Jim Plank, drums, is in high demand as a studio drummer and has performed in San Diego with numerous jazz greats such as Joe Pass, Art Farmer, Bud Shank, and Joe Diorio, as well as the San Diego Symphony. Enjoy the music. Thank you.