...lush and beautiful ballads...Kevin has wonderful tone, great intonation and some truly wonderful solos.
After 30 years of being one of the Northwest's busiest players, Portland bassist Kevin Deitz finally puts his compositions to disc on this wide-ranging debut recording. With fellow Portlanders John Stowell, Paul Mazzio, Mike Snider, Renato Caranto, Warren Rand, and others, Deitz' long history of performing with artists as diverse as Mose Allison, Dave Brubeck, Art Blakey and Dan Siegel shines through in his approach to composition and his dynamic group aesthetic.
1. Uncle Ray (4:49)
2. La Contessa (3:43)
3. New Beginnings (5:44)
4. Arch Cape (4:12)
5. I Forgot About You (5:12)
6. Skyline (6:23)
7. Sunny Side Up (6:05)
8. San Juan (5:28)
9. Romance Novel (7:49)
KEVIN DEITZ - acoustic & electric basses
MIKE SNYDER - drums, percussion
GEORGE MITCHELL piano
TONY PACINI - piano
PAUL MAZZIO - trumpet & flugelhorn
STEVE CANON - trumpet
ANDY FULLER - trumpet
WARREN RAND - alto saxophone
RENATO CARANTO - tenor saxophone
TIM JENSEN - flute
MIKE HORSFALL - vibes
JOHN STOWELL guitar
Produced by Kevin Deitz & Mike Snyder
Recording engineers: Dave Stricker (1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9); Bob Stark (7) and piano recording
on tracks 2 & 4; Kevin Deitz recorded all horn, 7-string electric bass, guitar, vibes, &
accordion overdubs (except track 7); Mike Snyder recorded drums and bass on tracks 2 & 4
Recorded at Kung Fu Bakery and Lois? Laundry, Portland, Oregon
Recorded on March 13, 2007, except La Contessa & Arch Cape: September 28, 2005,
Sunny Side Up: July 3rd, 2008
Mixed & mastered by Bob Stark at Kung Fu Bakery, Portland, Oregon
Photography by Todd Bishop & Alex Nikada
Cover design by John Bishop
Oregon Jazz Society (George Fendel)
If you're seeking proof that Portland's resident jazz musicians more than hold their own with anyone, anywhere, check out Kevin Deitz's array of original compositions featuring a plethora of Portlanders. Deitz writes melody lines that are contagiously swinging or elegantly flowing. And some marvelous Portland-based players are given generous opport ...
Bass Musician Magazine (Damian Erskine)
Portland's very own Kevin Deitz really shines here with the release of Skylines. Kevin has had a wealth of experience playing bass everywhere from touring Broadway productions to the stage with the likes of Mose allison, Art Blakey, Dave Brubeck, Sheena Easton and everyone in between. Equally at home on upright as he is on his 7-string Conklin, K ...
Cadence (Jerome Wilson)
On Skylines bassist Kevin Deitz leads a number of small combos that alternate between straight ahead Jazz and more rhythmic Latin numbers. On the straight side Deitz compositions like "Uncle Ray" and "Sunny Side Up" are slinky Bop heads that let soloists like Paul Mazzio, Renato Caranto, and Tony Pacini shine. Mazzio's and Caranto's slow-swinging ...