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Dan Weiss: Sixteen: Drummers Suite

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Dan Weiss began his professional drumming career touring with the likes of saxophonists David Binney, Lee Konitz, Rudresh Mahantthapa, among others. Weiss has also been studying tabla with Pandit Samir Chatterjee for two decades and has been named a top drummer in a number of prominent polls. Sixteen: Drummers Suite bears more than a passing resemblance to Weiss' Fourteen (Pi Recordings, 2014) at least in terms of the music's development and the cohort of musicians. Weiss' inspiration for ...

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Dan Weiss: Fourteen

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Intrepid drummer Dan Weiss' multi segment Fourteen is not a suite in the classical sense of the word. Although spread out over seven sections the vibrant and fluid composition flows seamlessly throughout the entire album without, distinct traditional movements. “Part 5" for instance takes off with trombonists' Jacob Garchik and Ben Gerstein's baroque refrains that thematically stem from the percussive climax that ends its predecessor. It closes with haunting vocals embellishing the melody that spill over to the ...

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Dan Weiss: Fourteen

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While the ear essentially functions the same way for everybody, all people don't process sound in the same fashion. Experiences shape the way each and every person takes in what they hear. Some tend to focus in on a single sound, others key in on conversational concepts, and then there are those who are big picture listeners; drummer Dan Weiss' Fourteen, a brilliantly ambitious through-composed work, toys with all three of these angles of perception. Weiss gathered ...

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Dan Weiss: Jhaptal Drumset Solo

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The use of Indian rhythms in jazz--in some way, shape or form--has become somewhat commonplace. While spicing up some improvised music with the addition of a sitarist or tablaist might be enough of an Indian-based excursion for jazz musicians who merely want to gloss over the surface of possibility, drummer Dan Weiss is no such dabbler. His extensive studies with Pandit Samir Chatterjee--a virtuoso tablaist and, as evidenced from his work with Weiss, a fine educator--have helped Weiss to expand ...

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Dan Weiss: The Creative Absence of Egotism

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The first time drummer/composer Dan Weiss is heard, there can be a perception of something inherently wrong with the music. It slowly creeps up--like a chill on a cool morning, just as the sun is rising over a misty ridge. Waves of lush pastel colors pass over and around in impassioned washes of rhythm and elements of time. The slow intensity of his cymbal work is similar to tones on a keyboard connecting with all aspects of a quiet and ...

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Dan Weiss: Timshel

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"Timshel," one of the most empowering words from Biblical times, has also become of late one of its most misunderstood, thanks to distortions in its translation from the Hebrew into languages of Greek and Latin roots. Artistically, it was the author John Steinbeck who, in his epic, semi-autobiographical and allegorical tale, East of Eden, set things right for artists who would take note. In the context of his main character setting about to redeem himself, he receives the empowerment with ...

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Dan Weiss Trio: Timshel

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First gaining recognition with Indo-Pakistani guitarist Rez Abbasi, Dan Weiss has enjoyed a successful last few years. In addition to working with guitarist Joel Harrison, and saxophonists Rudresh Mahanthappa and David Binney, the debut of his now five year-old piano trio, No Yes When (Tone of a Pitch, 2006), was as uncompromising as anything released that year. Economical, multifaceted, and stimulating, it delivered much, but promised more. Demonstrating continued compositional acumen in addition to Weiss' inestimable skills as a player, ...

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Dan Weiss: Timshel

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Drummer Dan Weiss made a promising trio debut in 2006 with Now Yes When, featuring pianist Jacob Sacks and bassist Thomas Morgan. Timshel, the follow-up, shows an impressive amount of growth for this lineup in the years since. The ideas are bolder, the dynamics more acute, the presentation more evolved. There are few if any pauses between tracks, allowing for a live performance feel without belaboring the idea of a suite. The 12 compositions, all by Weiss, demand close, immersive ...

RHYTHM IN EVERY GUISE

Dan Weiss on David Binney's Criss Cross Recordings

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Dan Weiss's drumming makes an indispensable contribution to a pair of recent recordings by alto saxophonist David Binney, Bastion of Sanity (2005) and Cities and Desire (2006), both on the Criss Cross Jazz imprint. Binney's idiosyncratic compositions draw from a variety of jazz and popular music styles. The topography of his music often includes the slow, incremental building up of pressure or wildly fluctuating improvised movement that retains a stable core.

Possessing a strong, individualist bent, Weiss throws himself into ...


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