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Dan Dean: 2 5 1 (2010)

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Dan Dean: 2 5 1 Take four talented and creative keyboard players, one at a time. Select a few standards, plus one original tune. Pick up your electric bass and join in. Enjoy. The result is 2 5 1, an immediately accessible and inviting album of keyboard and bass duets from Dan Dean and his guests.

Of course, the above plan only works if the bassist is as talented as his guest keyboard artists—thankfully, Dean meets that requirement. He's an experienced musician, an educator, a producer and the developer of the Dan Dean Sample Libraries—his playing is dexterous and inventive throughout the album. All of Dean's fellow musicians perform exceptionally. Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
Larry Goldings
b.1968
keyboard
' Hammond organ is seriously funky especially on an up-tempo, grooving, version of Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk
1917 - 1982
piano
's "In Walked Bud." George Duke
George Duke
George Duke
1946 - 2013
piano
's performance on his own tune—"It's On"—is light, melodic and uplifting. Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
Kenny Werner
b.1951
piano
playfully deconstructs the Gershwins' "'S Wonderful" before returning for a more reflective duet on Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
's "Dolphin Dance." Dean moves seamlessly between his guests—matching their inventiveness at every turn.

The most fascinating tune here—in terms of structure, instrumentation and sound—is Jimmy Davis, Roger Ramirez and James Sherman's "Lover Man." Dean is joined by Gil Goldstein on accordion and the interplay between the two musicians is a delight. The accordion/bass guitar combination captures the song's pathos as first Dean then Goldstein takes responsibility for the melody—then the two musicians decide to abandon the melody line for another piece of deconstruction, until Dean returns to it again in the closing seconds before, suddenly, it ends.

Harvey Siders' humorous liner notes offer more than enough information about the musical technicalities behind this album's title, as well as giving some useful track-by-track insights. But the tunes and the performances speak for themselves. The electric bass may not historically be the first choice instrument for a jazz rhythm section, but 2 5 1 places it center-stage and, in the company of four superb keyboard players, Dean's playing creates some fresh and entertaining takes on the jazz songbook.


Track Listing: 'S Wonderful; One Note Samba; All The Things You Are; It's On; Dolphin Dance; Georgia On My Mind; Stella By Starlight; I Got You (I Feel Good); Lover Man; In Walked Bud; Body And Soul.

Personnel: Dan Dean: bass guitar; George Duke: piano (4, 7); Larry Goldings: Hammond B3 organ (2, 6, 8, 10); Gil Goldstein: piano, accordion (3, 9); Kenny Werner: piano (1, 5, 11).

Record Label: Origin Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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