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Baritone Gold released June 21st 2024 Peace House Music

Way down! Internationally acclaimed guitarist Chance Hayden digs deep to unearth Baritone Gold, a new 12 track album spotlighting a guitar rarity and a fresh batch of 1960s inspired originals that feel like lost tapes of The Wrecking Crew and early Bar-Kays. While retaining his astute jazz sensibilities, Hayden's works yield vibrant echoes of surf, soul, blues and classic film scores in this inventive spin of the classic organ trio. Amidst the lively instrumentals are two exciting vocal features from singers Sean Holmes and Dante Zapata, further illustrating Hayden's skills as composer, arranger and producer. This release commences the new record label Peace House Music through which Hayden will relaunch the Peace House Sessions video series later this year.

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Bank On Me released May 31st 2024 Peace House Music

Chance Hayden signs a go-for-broke love letter with his new single Bank On Me featuring vocalist Sean Holmes. The mid tempo shuffle draws clear inspiration from the 60s soul sound and unpretentiously comes off like a recently recovered hit from a famed studio vault. Holmes’ vocals are exceptionally precise and emotive, with a rich tone seasoned via a multi-decade performing career. The jazz organ trio instrumentation is refreshed with Hayden’s clever use of baritone guitar, bringing in the perfect amount of bluesy leads, augmented by crisp horns and uplifting backup vocals, all serving the song’s timelessness. It’s an easygoing anthem for good guys and gals whose word is their bond and it feels as fun as a big payday.


Shag Bag released May 6th 2022 Atlanta Records

In his first stand-alone latest single, guitarist Chance Hayden includes jazz-funk icon and legendary keyboardist Ronnie Foster whose distinguished credits include George Benson, Grant Green, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Kahn & Roberta Flack. An informal catch-up between Hayden and drummer Chris Foster, son of Ronnie and former Portland neighbor of Hayden, led to this spirited remote collaboration during an early lockdown of the covid pandemic. Hayden penned a tune inspired by the slick yet edgy funk feel of Foster's early 70s Blue Note Records releases which became cult classics in the 90s as sources for sample-heavy hip hop. The interweaving of Hayden's guitar and Foster's keyboards flies high atop an air tight groove surrounded by a crisp horn section and masterful percussion from Lenny Castro, one of the world's most recorded conga players best known in connection with famed acts such as Toto, The Rolling Stones, John Mayer and Stevie Wonder (with whom he first worked alongside Foster). Deep, wide and brimmed with surprises, Shag Bag carries all the goods with irresistible style and attitude.

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Grab & Go released Nov. 20th 2020 Atlanta Records

"In recent years, Chance Hayden has established himself as one of the finer guitarists blowing outta’ Portland, Oregon, blessed with taste, melodicism, chops and fluency in various musical languages. He comes on strong but sweetly on his latest album, Grab & Go, a neo-soul-jazz outing with nods to historical roots, but also lined with modern twists and ear-grabbing harmonic rope-a-dope. This is party-ready jazz, but with brains and nimble guitar venturing in the bargain.”

-Joe Woodard (longtime contributor to DownBeat & Jazziz)

A lively set of ten new originals featuring Hayden's frequent cohorts Michael Elson, JP Downer, Tyrone Hendrix, Damian Erskine, Mark Griffith, Alex Milsted and Sarah Clarke. 

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The Comedown released Sept. 18th 2020 Atlanta Records

Guitarist Chance Hayden and vocalist Sarah Clarke join forces in songwriting with an openhearted glance at the complex feelings of a new love and its often confusing emotional intensity. Within that experience, it’s somehow possible to feel elated, terrified, confident and doubtful all at the same time. The lyrics for The Comedown reflect this sensation, toying with the trope that ‘love highs’ and ‘drug highs’ are closely related. Volleying between tender contemplation and assured wonderment of the inevitable drop, at its core, this song is about the sweetest parts of love and never wanting to let them go. With a steady head-bobbing groove, soulful jazz harmonies and two inspired solo sections, The Comedown delivers among one’s end-of-summer musings.

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Get Somethin' released May 4th 2018 Atlanta Records

Ten groove-laden tracks that recall and advance upon the early 70s jazz-funk movement with high fidelity. The set seamlessly blends five Hayden originals with five distinctively chosen covers including a long-lost James Brown tune "You Mother You," a rare instrumental take on Bill Withers' "Kissing My Love" and a thoughtful re-arrangement of Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free" featuring the inimitable vocals of Jarrod Lawson. Hayden’s tasteful guitar work is at center stage while the supporting instrumentation bares various keyboards, electric bass and vintage drums with the addition of auxiliary percussion and horns in the right places. A deep well of influences can be recognized from the classic r&b of blaxploitation soundtracks to modern jazz and neo soul. 

chance appears on the following releases as a sideman
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