...music-making of the highest order, which plumbs the depths of all of the emotions from wonderful joys to abject lamentations.
One has come to expect the unexpected from multi-talented artist Dan Dean. In the midst of a successful forty year career as a bassist, composer, producer and recording engineer, Dean has in recent years delved into classical vocal works. What began as a project for electric bass and orchestra, 2017's "Songs Without Words" evolved into a multi-layered, highly ambitious choral work, with Dean himself supplying vocals on arrangements of pieces by Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov and Mussorgsky. Shortly after its release, he began arranging more classics that inspired him and returned to the studio for this second volume. The result is Fanfare For the Common Man, featuring much loved works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Debussy. From Bach's Baroque masterpiece, "Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G Major," to Holst's broadly cinematic "Mars: The Bringer of War," Dean masterfully arranges and sings all the parts of timeless classical orchestrations expressed through the resonance of his own voice. Both admirably and remarkably, he achieves the tonal character of the strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, in terms of amplitude, spectral sound and emotive objective.
"...what fine musicianship and ear-opening performances. Prepare to be astonished." - Melinda Bargreen, Music Critic.
1. Elgar: The Enigma Variations: IX. "Nimrod" 4:08
2. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G major, "Allegro" BWV 1048 3:10
3. Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man 3:34
4. Debussy: Prelude 8, La Fille Aux Cheveux De Lin ("The Girl with Flaxen Hair") 2:33
5. Holst: The Planets - Mars, The Bringer of War 6:49
6. J.S. Bach: Cantata "Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme", BWV 140 5:07
7. J.S. Bach: French Suite #1 in D minor, "Sarabande", BWV 812 2:50
8. W.A. Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525 8:04
9. J.S. Bach: Cantata, "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring", BWV 147 2:41
10. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream - Scherzo, Opus 21 4:35
11. Khachaturian: Gayane's Adagio 4:53
Dan Dean - Vocals, Whistle
Produced by Dan Dean
Recorded & mixed by Dan Dean at DDP Studios, Mercer Island, WA
September 11, 2017 - September 17, 2018
Mastered by Friedemann Tischmeyer, Hamburg, Germany
Cover photo by Donatas
Photograph of Dan Dean by Steve Korn
Cover Design & Layout: John Bishop
All About Jazz (Dan McClenaghan)
5-STARS Songs Without Words (Origin Classical, 2017) opened the door to Dan Dean's giant step into "going vocal"— an innovative approach to his choir-like voice-layering presentations of classical music. Rain Painting (Origin Records, 2021), teaming Dean with guitarist John Stowell, proved a perfect digression into Stowell's distinctive composit ...