... a strong and smart bandleader...His own voice is the primary unifying factor. He is a quick, clear rhythm-section player and an articulate, interesting soloist...
Veteran Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf brings together longtime musical friends and compatriots for this album, filled with spontaneous interaction, gritty grooves and melodic beauty. With the quartet of pianist Dawn Clement, drummer Matt Wilson and saxophonist Hans Teuber, Deardorf explores deep and seldom-heard compositions by Kenny Barron, Keith Jarrett and Monk, while a second trio with Marc Seales & Gary Hobbs performs music by Jack DeJohnette and even the "Blind Faith" rock classic, "Can't Find My Way Home." Perception displays an inspired group aesthetic, as it provides a look into the creative vision that has made Deardorf a favorite musical partner to the countless jazz legends he's accompanied over the years.
1. Lullaby 6:47 Kenny Barron
2. Le Mistral 6:45 Keith Jarrett
3. Home 8:21 James Knapp
4. Silver Hollow 8:10 Jack DeJohnette
5. Pannonica 4:03 Thelonious Monk
6. Monk's Dream 6:12 Monk
7. Grain Waves 1:24 Chuck Deardorf/Matthew Wilson
8. Falling Grace 5:54 Steve Swallow
9. Can't Find My Way Home 7:13 Steve Winwood
Chuck Deardorf - acoustic bass, acoustic bass guitar, fretless electric bass
Dawn Clement - piano, Wurlitzer electric piano, synthesizer (1,2,3,5,6,7)
Matt Wilson - drums, percussion (1,2,3,6,7)
Hans Teuber - tenor saxophone, flute (1,2,3,5,6,7)
Marc Seales - piano (4,8,9)
Gary Hobbs - drums (4,8,9)
Thomas Marriott - flugelhorn (4)
Jay Thomas - flugelhorn (3)
David Marriott - trombone (3)
Produced by Chuck Deardorf
Recorded by Floyd Reitsma at Studio Litho, Seattle, WA
and Reed Ruddy with Andrew Ching at Studio X, Seattle WA
7/20/17, 12/30/17, 3/25/18
Mixed by Reed Ruddy and Andrew Ching at Studio X, Seattle
Mastered by Ross Nyberg at Nyberg Mastering, Issaquah, WA
Photos by Ray Deardorf, Steve Korn, Jim Levitt
Cover design & layout by John Bishop
WTJU (Dave Rogers)
Bassist Chuck Deardorf decided to focus on songs and artists who had influenced him earlier in his career. "Grain Waves" was a song he had composed with Matthew Wilson who plays drums on most of this set. Others include Kenny Barron, Keith Jarrett, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Swallow, Steve Winwood and two by Thelonious Monk. In addition to Deardorf, th ...
Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The bass ace takes kind of a busman's holiday by digging into jazz and rock chestnuts he likes and wants to leave his imprint on in the company of fine company. A first class jazz listening date, this is the perfect companion for when you want to sit back and take it all in. Solid. ...
All About jazz (Paul Rauch)
Before the tech revolution that has ushered in an era of unprecedented growth and global recognition, the city of Seattle was a bit of an outpost in the world of jazz. Since the 1920s, the city has enjoyed a vibrant and innovative jazz scene, often resulting in local musicians backing major international touring artists. The emerald city has spawne ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Chuck Deardorf uses a full arsenal of basses on this album with Dawn Clemen/p-key, Matt Wilson/dr, Hans Teuber/ts-fl and guests Marc Seale/p, Gary Hobbs/dr, Thomas Marriott/fh, Jay Thomas/fh and David Marriott/tb. On electric bass, Deardorff creates a Weather Reportish mood with Seales on the tapestry of "Falling Grace" while getting elegiac on "S ...