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David Finck

Music can only be described with words, but for David Finck, music is a language all its own. “I hear music as a spoken language,” he says. “When I listen, I’m conscious of the breaths that are taken during a phrase; I hear the vocabulary, the inflection, and the syntax. I listen for all of it.”It’s a statement that makes sense given David’s skills as a bassist and the diverse artists he has played and recorded with " among them; Dizzy Gillespie, Aretha Franklin, Sinead O’Connor, Natalie Cole, Rod Stewart, Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, Al Jarreau, Tony Bennett, Paquito D’Rivera, George Michael, Rosemary Clooney and Andre Previn, to name just a few.

Over the years, David has become one of the most sought-after musicians in Manhattan, equally revered for his work in jazz, popular, Brazilian and classical music. He’s bridged musical diversity through his skills — but even more so through his ability to hear music as language in an almost literal sense. Commented the award winning composer and songwriter Alan Bergman, “When a bass has the sound of authority, when it is a testament to time, when it has a certain wisdom in its tone, if you follow the fingers to the arms and then to the rest of the body, you'll see this all belongs to David Finck. He makes the bass sing and swing. As a sometime singer, to have David behind me is a source of security and pleasure. He is an accompanist who supports everything in a solid, original way. He is a great musician and a fine fellow.”

Becoming a musician was genetically pre-ordained for David " both of his parents are involved in music, and he began playing bass at the age of 10. While still in high school, David studied with several of the Philadelphia Orchestra’s double bassists before he began college at the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After graduation, he settled in New York City — he’d barely unpacked when he left the city to tour with Woody Herman and his Thundering Herd. Over the years, David has played with those above-mentioned and many more; his discography lists more than 100 recordings including Platinum and Gold selling records with Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, and Elton John. From the legendary Grammy Award winning music producer Phil Ramone, “A fine and unique musician, he can drive a Rhythm section or create a sensitive solo. He has done a lot of sessions from Previn, Cincotti and pop music. The most important point is his humor and his love of his work.”

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

BASSic Instinct

Burton Avenue Music


Into The Shadows

Summit Records


Bassically Jazz

Burton Avenue Music


Low Standards

Soundbrush Records


The Deep

Chesky Records


Falling Forward

From: Pastimes (From Times Past)
By David Finck



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