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Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Young New York bassist Colin Dean is adept at playing the music of different genres as his jazz debut Shiwasu demonstrates, with its influences from world music and hip-hop styles. Dean is very comfortable in other genres; in fact after graduating from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he formed the Roots and Groove band, performing jazz for the hip-hop generation. There is no mistaking this recording however--it's not hip-hop, it is jazz, and good modern jazz at ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

"It's so relaxing," says the person introduced to a type of jazz found to be pleasing, palatable--and inoffensive. The challenge for an artist is to create ambient music that can be accepted by those unfamiliar with jazz, without putting others to sleep. Acoustic bassist Colin Dean makes it happen with Shiwasu. Dean was born on Long Island, New York. A student of New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in ...

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Take Five With Colin Dean

Read "Take Five With Colin Dean" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Colin Dean:Colin Dean was born and raised in Long Island, New York. The son of a drummer, he has been surrounded by music his entire life. He attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and received a BFA in jazz performance in May 2006. While at the New School he studied with masters including Buster Williams, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Bobby Sanabria, Rachel Z, Bill Kirchner, Vic Juris, ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Colin Dean: Shiwasu

Read "Shiwasu" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Bassist and composer Colin Dean graduated from New York's New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in 2006, and has since played across musical genres that include jazz, hip-hop and indie rock. Shiwasu, his first recording under his own name, finds him in the company of three distinguished fellow musicians on a set of tunes that draw on Dean's non-jazz influences to bring a fresh edge to mainstream modern jazz. Dean and drummer Colin Stranahan form a ...


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