Chuck Deardorf


Origin 82587


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Chuck is one of my favorite of the finest working today
- Bud Shank

Veteran acoustic & electric bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together a broad collection of musical friends to create an album full of spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty. Along with pianists Bill Mays & Jovino Santos Neto, guitarists Bruce Forman, Dave Peterson & Rick Peckham, as well as a host of other world-class players, Deardorf explores fresh originals, reconstructed standards and even a new take on the Beatles' "Dear Prudence," displaying the creative vision that has made him a favorite musical partner to the countless jazz legends he's accompanied over the years.

Track Listing:

1 Collage 5:39
2 Alone Together 7:22
3 Dear Prudence 7:54
4 Bruzette 6:23
5 Moon and Sand 5:55
6 De Mansinho 6:18
7 Sweet Lorraine 3:46
8 Zingaro 7:47
9 Creatinine 6:20
10 The Peacocks 9:21


Chuck Deardorf - acoustic bass, fretted & fretless basses
Bill Mays - piano
Bruce Forman - electric / acoustic guitar
Jovino Santos-Neto - rhodes piano
Dave Peterson - guitar
Rick Peckham - guitar
Hans Teuber - alto & tenor saxophone
Richard Cole - tenor saxophone
Mark Ivester - drums
Gary Hobbs - drums, cajon drum set
Michael Spiro - conga, percussion
Jeff Busch - percussion
Terry Lauber - acoustic guitar
John Burrow - digital collage

Production Info:

Produced by Chuck Deardorf
Recorded by David Lange & Garey Shelton
at David Lange Studio, Garey Shelton Studio,
and Banff Centre for the Arts
Recorded 2007-2010
Mixed by David Lange/Garey Shelton
at David Lange Studio/Garey Shelton Studio
Mastered by Ross Nyberg
Ross Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah WA
Cover photographs by Ray Deardorf
Deardorf photo by Tim Rounds
Cover design by John Bishop

Reviews of Transparence

Jazz Society of Oregon (George Fendel)
A veteran of countless recording dates, Deardord has been a Rock of Gibralter on the Seattle jazz map for decades. On this intriguing recording, he "mixes and matches" various tunes with different combinations of piano, guitar, drums, tenor and alto sax, percussionists and other participants. A few of the best known names, none of which appear on a ...

Jazz Times (Thomas Conrad)
Most major American cities (and, for that matter, most European ones) contain a jazz musician who is the default bassist of record. You run into them all over town, in all manner of ensembles, kicking ass and taking names. In Seattle, Wash., it is Chuck Deardorf. He is known for making other people sound good, not leading his own projects. But T ...

Rifftides (Doug Ramsey)
Deardorf's prowess is hardly unknown outside Seattle, even though he rarely leaves the Pacific Northwest. For a quarter-century or more he has been a mainstay of the Seattle scene and a primary on-call bassist for dozens of visiting musicians including Chet Baker, Zoot Sims, George Cables, Art Farmer, Jimmy Rowles and Kenny Burrell. In Transparence ...

The Jazz Word (John Barron)
You don't have to look far to find jazz bass players who specialize in one particular style or genre. There are very few, however, who double on upright and electric, can solo fluently on both instruments and can swing convincingly?probably the most elusive goal of so-called doublers. Seattle-based bassist Chuck Deardorf is one such elite performer ...

All About Jazz (C. Michael Bailey)
Track review of "Dear Prudence" Bassist Chuck Deardorf follows up his pairing with Dave Peterson on Portal (Origin Records, 2004), with his multidimensional Transparence. Deardorf raises his bass presence to that of the guitar and keyboards on the board, allowing for a turbulent sound mix that resolves itself with time, like incorporating color ...

Audiophile Audition (Pierre Giroux )
Some interesting contrasts and top-notch playing. The latest CD issued by Seattle resident bassist Chuck Deardorf, entitled "Transparence", is a bit of a mash-up but in a good way. Bringing together a number of dependable musicians from the North West, along with several high profile visitors, these sides were recorded between 2007 and 2010 and ...

Cadence (Michael Steinman)
Bassist Deardorf's 'Transparence' also has it's integrity--rooted in the recent Jazz past without being overtly nostalgic or imitative. A few of the selections are too "electric" for my taste, but my taste is admittedly narrow. The acoustic tracks--featuring pianist Mays, altoist Teuber, and a variety of guitarists--are simply lovely. Deardorf i ...





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