Dan Dean

Fanfare for the Common Man

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Marty Friedman, WICN, Worcester

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So after a forty year career as bassist, composer, producer and recording engineer, what do you do next? Why, you sing the parts to famous orchestral pieces, overdubbing to create alternative chorale-based works - of course!

We have two new CDs from Dan Dean, with a track from each during this show.

In the first hour you'll hear a track from Mr. Dean's Fanfare for the Common Man, taking its title from Aaron Copeland's popular work.

Featuring well-known and instantly recognizable pieces from Bach and Mozart, the CD also includes lesser-known works such as Katchaturian's Gayane's Adagio, used in the soundtrack to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

On today's show we have a piece by Debussy for your Contemplative Hour.

Specifically, for each of the eleven pieces, Mr. Dean has taken all of the orchestral parts - on the order of twenty or so - and performed them with his voice instead. For each voicing, Mr. Dean needed to pick the appropriate vowel sound, since there were no actual lyrics. All the recorded voice parts were then dubbed together to create the chorale effect.

You'll notice the superb sound on this CD, which is what you would expect from a recording engineer. Also, it is interesting how perfect the chorus sounds compared with an actual chorus. That's what you can achieve when you have control of the entire process, including the singers!

The Other CD

Also just released is guitarist John Stowell's Rain Painting, in which Mr. Stowell is joined by the voice and bass playing of Dan Dean.

As with Fanfare for the Common Man, the music here is one-of-a-kind, defying categorization. But you may have noticed that I don't let categorizations get in the way of exposing good music to your discriminating ears!

In the case of both CDs, the effort to produce the music was enormous. All of the parts needed to be recorded and then perfectly dubbed. Fanfare for the Common Man required one year to produce.








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