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Dan Dean is a truly multitalented artist. Dan has achieved national and international recognition as a Bassist, Producer, Composer, and as an audio and recording Engineer.

Dan has performed with the some of the finest musicians and musical organizations of our time, including: Shelly Manne, Howard Roberts, The Great Guitars (Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessell), Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, B.B. King, Eddie Harris, Blue Mitchell and Harold Land, Buddy DeFranco, Donny Hathaway, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Ernestine Anderson, Bill (William O.) Smith, Ernie Watts, the Seattle Symphony, Walt Wagner, Seattle Opera, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Mays, Della Reese, Emil Richards/Joe Porcaro and many others.

Dan has received numerous broadcast and film awards including the Cannes Golden Lion, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, Best of the West Awards, Clio Awards, IBA Awards, IBA "Spike" Award, NEA Composition Award recipient in Jazz Composition, One Show Silver Pencil, a Seattle Symphony Orchestra commission to compose "Piece for Electric Bass and Vibraphone", National Jazz Educators Award of Excellence, Rosie Awards and others


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John Stowell / Dave Glenn & The Hawcaptak Quartet: Violin Memory

Read "Violin Memory" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Guitarist John Stowell does not hesitate when it comes to taking on unconventional projects. 2021 saw him teaming with vocalist Dan Dean on Rain Painting (Origin Records)--an album of featuring an overdubbed layering of voices (Dean's) making for lush and enriching choir-like harmonics, accompanied by Stowell's various guitars. The Seattle-based guitarist's follow-up finds him ...


Fanfare For The Common Man

Label: Origin Classical
Released: 2021
Track listing: Elgar—Enigma Variation: IX. "Nimrod"; J.S. Bach—Brandenburg Concerto #3 in G major, Allegro BWV 1048; Copland—Fanfare For The Common Man; Debussy—Prelude 8, La Fille Aux De Lin (The Girl With The Flaxen Hair; Holst—The Planets—Mars: the Bringer Of War; J.S. Bach—Cantata "Wachet Auf Ruft Uns Die Stimme," BMV 140; J.S. Bach—French Suite #1 in D minor, Sarabande," BMV 812; W.A. Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K, 525; J.S. Bach—Cantata, "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring," BWV 147; Mendelsson—Midsummer Night Dream—Scherzo, Opus 21; Khachaturian—Gayane's Adagio.


Rain Painting

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Welcome to Nice; Nanti Glo; Rain Painting; Pretty Boy Floyd; Alora Andiamo!; Springfield Sonata; Tapioca Time; Always Sometimes; Schiffletting; The Mandy Walk.


Article: Album Review

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 ...


Songs Without Words

Label: Origin Classical
Released: 2017
Track listing: Air on a G String Suite No. 3 in D Major; Flight of the Bumblebee; Concerto for Lute and Orchestra in D Major (Movement 1: Allegro; Movement 2: Largo; Movement 3: Allegro; Night on Bald Mountain; The Sheep May Safely Graze; Adagio in G Minor.


Article: Album Review

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 ...


News: Recording

A New Duet Release By Dan Dean And George Duke

A New Duet Release By Dan Dean And George Duke

Internationally recognized bassist Dan Dean has performed with the some of the finest musicians of our time, including B.B. King, Buddy DeFranco, Donny Hathaway, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Ernie Watts, Freddie Hubbard and many others. One of his favorite collaborations of all was with the legendary pianist George Duke, and Seattle-based label Arena Jazz ...


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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 ...


Across The Bridge

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: The Junction; Beach Drive; Gold 'N' Blues; The Admiral's Point Of View; 47th 'N' Hudson; Genesee; Harmonious Effusion On Olga Street; Fauntleroy Mist; Across The Bridge.


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