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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 ...
Jazz Weekly (George W. Harris)
Wanna know what heaven is going to sound like? Grab a hold of this album and you'll at least have a hint.

Dan Dean supplies layers of his voice as well as an occasional bass and whistle to this wonderfully arranged collection of "classic" classics. His wordless vocals create an ethereal mood that floats with sublime joy on Bach's "Air ...
Ancient Victorys (Chris Lunn)
This is an unusual and special project. Dan Dean is known for his own groups, recording and mixing, and his collaborations with Tom Collier. I first encountered his works with a couple of different groups at the Other Side of the Tracks in the mid 70s along with his work with Collier, with whom he has been musical buddies even in their teenage year...

 

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