Plays with a remarkable jazz authority that reflects the early influences of George Benson and Pat Martino.
For his newest recording, the dynamic and fluid Florida-based guitarist explores a collection of all original music. With his former Seattle bandmates as special guests - trumpeter Thomas Marriott and drummer Jose Martinez - Heck bobs and weaves through a rollicking set of modern mainstream jazz along with a nod toward the Blue Note soul/boogaloo recordings of the '60s on the opening cut, "One for Flo." A graduate of the Berklee School of Music, Heck spent 10 years in Seattle and New York before settling into South Florida's jazz scene several years ago.
1. One For Flo 6:12
2. Blade's Groove 6:25
3. Stand Pat 5:31
4. Tommy's Teeth 4:57
5. Dan's Hit Tune 6:37
6. Blue Stone 6:12
7. Ciao Jobs, I'm not Rolan 5:03
8. Naples 5:10
Dan Heck - guitar
Thomas Marriott - trumpet
Stuart Shelton - piano / keys
Rick Doll - acoustic and electric bass
Jose Martinez - drums
Recorded & mixed at Shelton Studios in Naples, FL, August, 2007
Engineered by Stuart Shelton and Dan Heck
Assisted by Rick Doll
Mastered by Michael Cohen at The Acoustic Project, Naples, FL
Cover design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Adam Greenberg)
Though he'd left Seattle (and his earlier band, Bebop & Destruction) a few years prior, guitarist Dan Heck pulled some Seattle affiliates down to Florida for a recording session on Compositionality, a collection of originals spanning a range of ideas from bossa nova to modern drum-centric workouts. The album opens with a bumpy groove in a '60s vein ...
Oregon Jazz Society (George Fendel)
Some of you might remember Dan Heck as the talented guitarist in Seattle's Bebop And Destruction. Well, B&D went their separate ways (amiably), and Dan went the furthest; now he's based in Florida. However, on this CD he reacquaints with a couple of Seattle pals in Thomas Marriott on trumpet and Jose Martinez on drums. Rounding out the quintet are ...
Jazzreview.com (Rob Johnson)
An idea of what guitarist Dan Heck's passion is can be determined from the title of his newest CD, Compositionality. It's a great title for an album in which all the highly varied tunes are composed by one man. The only problem with understanding Heck's enthusiasm is that it might give the potential listener the impression that his instrumental p ...
JazzTimes (Bill Milkowski)
Florida-based guitarist composer Dan Heck takes his time entering the first track of his Origin debut, deferring to trumpeter Thomas Marriott on the funky boogaloo "One for Flo" and laying out entirely. By the time he finally makes his move at the 2:30 mark, his warm, flowing lines and clear articulation immedately reveal the influence of Pat Meth ...