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Dan Dean: Fanfare For The Common Man

Read "Fanfare For The Common Man" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Songs Without Words (Origin Classical, 2017) opened the door to Dan Dean's giant step into “going vocal"— an innovative approach to his choir-like voice-layering presentations of classical music. Rain Painting (Origin Records, 2021), teaming Dean with guitarist John Stowell, proved a perfect digression into Stowell's distinctive compositions, employing Dean's vocal harmonies, bass playing and drum programming with Stowell's guitars, before Dean's return to the world of classical music with Fanfare For The Common Man. To be clear here: ...

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John Stowell & Dan Dean: Rain Painting

Read "Rain Painting" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Now here's a uniquely compelling set from two of the Pacific Northwest's great individualists on one of jazz's most stalwart imprints. Guitarist John Stowell and multi-hyphenate Dan Dean have each made their respective marks on many Origin dates in the past. The former's instruments have figured into more than 25 recordings there, from solo sets to duo meetings with Dave Liebman and sideman appearances to a string of albums with collective combo Scenes; and the latter has spanned worlds and ...

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John Stowell / Dan Dean: Rain Painting

Read "Rain Painting" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Guitarist John Stowell has spent two decades recording for Seattle's Origin records, collaborating with artists such as saxophonists Dave Liebman and Michael Zilber, drummer John Bishop, bassist Jeff Johnson and guitarist Ulf Bandgren. His work with the band Scenes—with Bishop and Johnson, and (twice) saxophonist Rick Mandyck—is particularly noteworthy. Bassist Dan Dean—with a sparser discography than Stowell's—has made more of a name for himself as a producer and audio and recording engineer for the label; but his status as a ...

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Dan Dean: Songs Without Words

Read "Songs Without Words" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Bassist Dan Dean's original plan for this project was the hiring of sixteen string players to join him in the studio to record a set for solo bass with string orchestra: Vivaldi's Concerto For Lute and Orchestra in D Major, along with music from JS Bach, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albononi. The cost for the project proved prohibitive, but the paucity of funds turned out to be the mother of innovation. Dean tackled the project alone, adapting his arrangements to his ...

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Tom Collier: Across The Bridge

Read "Across The Bridge" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Ruminations on the past, musical or otherwise, are often weighed down by the sediment of sentiment. But it certainly doesn't have to be that way. Looking back can provide an outlet for the imagination to take control, and vibraphonist Tom Collier seems well aware of that. On Across The Bridge, Collier revisits his youth, delivering nine original numbers that touch on a childhood spent on the opposite side of the West Seattle Bridge from where he currently resides. It's a ...

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Dan Dean: 2 5 1

Read "2 5 1" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


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, ...

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Dan Dean: 2 5 1

Read "2 5 1" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Bassist Dan Dean is no stranger to the format of the intimate duo. His teaming with vibraphonist Tom Collier on the superb and aptly titled Duets (Origin Records, 2005) was a bright sparkling gem of a recording. On 2 5 1 he goes for a broader exploration of that sound, pairing up with four of his favorite keyboard players. The generous set, coming in at nearly eighty minutes, opens with the tried and true American Songbook jewel, ...


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