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Dan Dean

Songs Without Words

ORIGIN CLASSICAL 33021

“...exceptionally articulate and resourceful...he proves to be both a supportive role model as well as a soloist...”
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Achieving international recognition through his 40-year career as a bassist and as an award-winning producer, composer, and recording engineer, Dan Dean is a truly multi-faceted artist constantly seeking new challenges and outlets for expressing the music he hears. For his debut vocal recording, Dean came about it in a very roundabout way. In preparation for a recording of solo bass with string orchestra, Dean arranged works by JS Bach, Vivaldi, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albinoni. With the budget and organizational constraints of recording large ensembles, Dean decided to try adapting the arrangements to his voice. What began as a "what if" experiment turned into a musically ambitious, technically challenging effort. Often angelic, or haunting, or exuberant, "Songs Without Words" is a culmination of his musical experiences over a lifetime, captured by a single microphone.

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TRACKS:

1. J.S. Bach / Air on a G String Suite No. 3 in D Major, BVW 1068 (4:48)
2. Rimsky-Korsakoff / Flight of The Bumblebee (3:04)

Vivaldi / Concerto for Lute and Orchestra in D Major
3. Movement 1 Allegro (3:46)
4. Movement 2 Largo (4:09)
5. Movement 3 Allegro (2:16)

6. Mussorgsky / Night on Bald Mountain (11:00)
7. J.S. Bach / The Sheep May Safely Graze, BVW 208 (4:34)
8. Albinoni / Adagio in G Minor (8:08)

PERFORMERS:

Dan Dean - Voice, Bass, Whistle

PRODUCTION:

Produced by Dan Dean
Recorded & mixed by Dan Dean at DDP Studio, Mercer Island, WA
November 12, 2014 - December 23, 2016
Mastered by Friedemann Tischmeyer, Koln, Germany
Photographs by Steve Korn
Cover design & layout by John Bishop

REVIEWS:

All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
4 1/2 STARS Bassist Dan Dean's original plan for this project was the hiring of sixteen string players to join him in the studio to record a set for solo bass with string orchestra: Vivaldi's Concerto For Lute and Orchestra in D Major, along with music from JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albononi. The cost for the project proved ...

 

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