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Dan Weiss Trio Plus 1: Utica Box

Read "Utica Box" reviewed by Troy Dostert

An inventive drummer whose technical facility is easily matched by his compositional ambition, Dan Weiss is not a percussionist to be trifled with. Whether he is offering idiosyncratic homages to some of jazz's foremost rhythm-men, as on his Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi Recordings, 2016) or attempting to fuse jazz and prog metal, as on Starebaby (Pi Recordings, 2018), Weiss is always looking to challenge listeners in new, surprising ways. At the same time, his obvious love of groove ensures that, ...

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Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz

Read "Miles Davis' Rubberband, Kuba Wiecek Trio & KaMaSz" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Two rather contrasting recordings highlight this episode: Dan Weiss with his trio augmented by a second bassist and Rubberband, the once-shelved and now revived release from Miles Davis which was recorded after he had left Columbia. On Weiss' album, he displays the chops (often with heavy rock influences) that make him such a high-in-demand player, while Davis jumped into soul and R&B; he planned to use singers like Al Jarreau on the album but eventually the brass at Warner Brothers ...

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Dan Weiss Starebaby Live at BIMHUIS Amsterdam

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Alongside jazz and Indian music, Dan Weiss is equally at home in metal and electronica. The stark contrasts, but also the similarities, between these worlds fuel his band Starebaby. On the eponymous album, Weiss and co. have created fascinating works, sometimes dark and complex and sometimes dreamy and cinematic, with for example a track dedicated to Angelo Badalamenti, composer of the Twin Peaks soundtrack. Craig Taborn fender rhodes/midi controller, Matt Mitchell piano/prophet 6/modular synthesizers, Ben Monder guitar, Trevor ...

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Dan Weiss: Starebaby

Read "Starebaby" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It is always interesting when a musician's newest release zigzags away from previous works, making an abrupt change of course. Often it happens at the request of a producer or record company, and probably because his/her previous disc was not well received. This in no way explains Starebaby by drummer Dan Weiss. Sixteen: Drummers Suite (Pi Recordings, 2016) and Fourteen (Pi Recordings, 2014), both larger ensemble recordings, composed and arranged by the drummer were critical successes. He could easily have ...

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Dan Weiss: Sixteen: Drummers Suite

Read "Sixteen: Drummers Suite" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

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

Read "Fourteen" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

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

Read "Fourteen" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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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