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Gabriel delivers a fiery hot followup to his award
winning, chart penetrating 2010 album ‘Told Ya So’.
After winning Album of the Year as well as Instru-
mentalist of the Year at the 2011 Canadian Smooth
    Jazz Awards, he knew he had to return with a burner!
‘Kissed By The Sun’ has stayed on the the
Billboard and charts, and is
infused with Gabriel’s exciting trumpet, flute, flugel, 
    jazz keyboard icon Jeff Lorber are present, 
like Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg, Rock Hendricks          
and Billboard stalwarts, fellow Canadians like                     
            Rob Tardik & saxist Walle Larsson.  
KBTS also features an homage to the classic Funk 
iconic in a 1987 CTI
recording by Chet Baker, Bob 
The first single Starpixie had a long run on all the
  The uber-funky 2nd single Lock It Up, spent 14
 and digital wind instruments. The top flight writing,       playing, and the production skills of chart topping                         
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and ‘Kissed By The Sun’ also features stellar guests
James, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, and Steve Gadd.
Billboard peaking at #13, and the 3rd single Ready When You Are is now ‘most added’ at BDS radio!
 major charts, including #15 on Billboard.
weeks on   
ace guitarist
Watch the highlights reel from the live Showgo.TV webcast of Gabriel’s concert from the world famous Spaghettini’s Jazz Lounge in Seal Beach, California
His 2010 release, ‘Told Ya So’,  won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, and spawned three singles including his Billboard charting track, co-written with Jeff Lorber, called ‘Rockin’ The Ribjoint’. Kissed By The Sun’, the 2012 follow up to that home run, also spawned three Billboard charting singles, including ‘Starpixie’, ‘Lock It Up’, and Ready When You Are’,  and reached #8 on the Smooth Jazz Top 50 Album Charts. ‘Kissed By The Sun’ was co-produced with, and features Jeff Lorber, as well as a plethora of stellar guests such as Chuck Loeb, Brian Bromberg, Rob Tardik, Walle Larsson, and Rock Hendricks.  Gabriel has also had notable straight ahead jazz successes, including a relatively lengthy eight week run on the Jazz Week Mainstream charts with his Come Out Swingin’ album, which featured Michael Bublé (before his fame arc), and  ‘Swingin’ Affair’ which featured the legendary Dee Daniels. The improvisational content of Gabriel’s playing is rich but concise, drawing from the Blue Mitchell/ Donald Byrd canon, and he has mountains of reviews to attest to that fact. However, Gabriel prefers the more rhythmically succinct domain of contemporary jazz (or smooth jazz as it is sometimes called) for the variety of color and texture that it provides him, with a style that is highly listenable to music aficionados of all stripes. He has performed in the home of Bill Gates and for the President of Singapore among other notables. Gabriel is the recipient of a JUNO Award (Canadian equivalent of a Grammy), two JUNO/Technics ‘All Star Band’ Awards, a West Coast Music Award, a Jazz In The Park ‘Best Instrumental Performance’ Award, an Ampex Golden Reel Award, and several gold and platinum album awards (with his earlier group Powder Blues and others), besides the aforementioned ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2011 Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards.  Gabriel has recorded or officially performed with the likes of such varied artists as Michael Bublé (Gabriel performed with him extensively, recorded several albums with him, and produced the MB album ‘Dream’), Paul Brown, Bob JamesWarren Hill, Jeremy Monteiro, Little Richard, Tom Scott, George Benson, Lowell Fulsom, John Denver, The O’Jays, Ben E King, HeartJohn Lee Hooker, and Long John Baldry, including Awards Show All Star performances with Brian Culbertson,  Michael Lington, Alexander Zonjic, Chris Isaak, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn,  Darren Rahn, Larry Carlton and Dave Koz.  Recent record collaborations include  chart toppers Apache Wind from Paul Hardcastle, Seabreeze and Chameleon with Bob Baldwin, and Steve Oliver.   Main Site:      Flash Site:   Blog:  Videos:  or YouTube Gabriel can be compared in varying degrees to his friends, colleagues, mentors, and idols, such as Blue Mitchell, Rick Braun, Donald Byrd, Chris Botti, Freddie Hubbard, Carl Saunders, Arturo Sandoval, and a host of others that carry on the legacy of jazz trumpet in all its forms!
In Deep Freeze, a Hank Mobley composition
Gabriel Mark Hasselbach is a multi wind instrumentalist, performing and recording (mostly jazz) on trumpet, flugelhorn, C  and alto flutes, valve trombone, and the Akai EVI wind instrument. He was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, but followed his muse to Vancouver, Canada, where his career on the World Stage started with the success of the multiplatinum Powder Blues Band.  After many national, international, and world tours, he launched a solo career with his Polydor album Solar Winds, and his dozen or so albums since then have withstood the test of time,
steadily building up his body of work. He has toured world festivals such as Montreux, North Sea, and in UK, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico, and continues to develop his fanbase through live appearances, and extensive exposure on radio and TV. He has spent the most number of weeks on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Charts of any other Canadian artist.