Terry Gibbs/WCS

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“92 Years Young: Jammin’ at the Gibbs House”

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“Terry Gibbs Returns with Homemade Recording” interview by Kirk Silsbee in July 2017 DOWNBEAT:

“IN 2015, VETERAN VIBRAPHONIST TERRY Gibbs decided to put his mallets away for good, leaving the family musical legacy to his son, drummer Gerry Gibbs. But a funny thing happened on the way to retirement: Terry got the itch and asked Gerry to bring some players to his house for an informal jam. Gerry’s wife posted a YouTube video of the get-together, which went viral a few days later. The group then decided to have a session with the tape rolling, and the result is an album Terry never thought he’d make—92 Years Young: Jammin’ At The Gibbs House (Whaling City Sound). The loquacious Terry Gibbs was happy to talk to DownBeat about the unique circumstances behind this project and reflect on his storied career.”

 

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Gerry Gibbs took advantage of the corona time by criss-crossing the United States in order to record enough material for a double CD with four different trios. The percussionist did not play ‘Song for my father’ (‘standard’ by Horace Silver, as attentive readers know) but ‘Songs From My Father’. His father is the vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, who also apparently composed enough material for such a production. On piano we hear Chick Corea – in one of his last recordings – as well as Kenny Barron, Geoff Keezer and Patrice Rushen. Corea contributed one piece: the only track not by Pa Gibbs. A tough piece with a few tempo changes, in which son Gibbs had to read a lot. But he must have inherited that skill from his father, who did a lot of studio work after all.
Terry Gibbs’ eighteen pieces – written in the years 1949-1985 – are mostly handy and playable. No complicated harmonies, but a strong groove: in fours, funky or Latin. Son Gibbs is like a fish in water in that. The blues and ‘I got rhythm’ are there; in addition, some atmospheric ballads and a new melody about the chords of ‘Softly as in a morning sunrise’. Simplicity and logic, that’s what it’s all about.
The piano giants make no effort to present themselves emphatically. They swing with dedication and smooth fingers. Whether the basses of Ron Carter and Buster Williams have been recorded properly is a matter of taste. Your reviewer hears a grunt similar to anything but a double bass. Christian McBride’s bass, recorded unamplified as always, was spared this fate.
Gerry Gibbs (57) uses the term “Thrasher” for just about everything he’s in charge of. That can be a Thrasher Big Band or, like here, four times a Trasher Dream Trio. That “Dream” is another favorite qualifier of his father, who for years led his Dream Band: a collection of studio musicians from LA who came to jazz on Monday or Tuesday nights.
Terry Gibbs (96, actually: Julius Gubenko) is present in one piece in which all the participants can be heard: a matter of complicated overdubbing. The old boss is astonishingly flexible in this. The old Gibbs recorded a complete album for the same label in 2017. 92 Years Young: Jammin at The Gibbs House.
Jeroen de Valk

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AUGUST 13, 2021 

GERRY GIBBS THRASHER DREAM TRIOS – SONGS FROM MY FATHER (CD)
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Songs From My Father is the much-anticipated new album from renowned musical polymath Gerry Gibbs. On his thirteenth release as a leader, drummer — percussionist — bandleader — arranger Gibbs presents a smashing double-disc masterwork featuring four iterations of his acclaimed Thrasher Dream Trio. Under his astute direction, this band of jazz titans pays homage to the musical legacy of Gerry’s 96-year-old father, Terry Gibbs. To honor Terry, one of the last living architects of bebop and innovators of the vibraphone, Gerry selected 18 tunes from his father’s vast discography and interpreted the timeless material through his own refined compositional lens with inventive, modern arrangements. Notably, Songs From My Father features the last recorded performance of the great Chick Corea, and includes one of Chick’s tunes composed specifically for this project. With Gibbs in the drum chair, his Thrasher Dream Trios include Corea and Ron Carter; Kenny Barron and Buster Williams; Patrice Rushen and Larry Goldings and Geoff Keezer & Christian McBride; along with percussionist Kyeshie Gibbs. With this new recording, Gerry Gibbs cements his standing as one of the most creative and forward-thinking musicians on the contemporary jazz scene. Disc 1 features Corea and Carter on “Bopstacle Course,” composed in 1974 and “Sweet Young Song of Love” composed in 1985, and arranged by Gibbs and Corea. The first disc’s final track, “Hey Chick,” is a special homage to the memory of Corea. The Thrasher Dream Trio is featured on the album opener “Kick Those Feet” and “Take It From Me” both composed in 1964. “Smoke Em Up” (1968) and “Lonely Days” (1955) both feature Gibbs alongside pianist Patrice Rushen and organist Larry Goldings. Gibbs per- forms with pianist Geoff Keezer and bassist Christian McBride on 1955s “Nutty Notes,” and 1958s “The Fat Man.” Disc 2 provides audiences with further arrangements of timeless Gibbs compositions including 1949s “T & S” and 1955s “Lonely Dreams” featuring Barron, Gibbs and Williams; 1978s “Townhouse 3,” 1961s “Hippie Twist” and 1958s “Pretty Blue Eyes” featuring Rushen, Gibbs and Goldings; 1978s “4 A.M,” 1961s “For Keeps” and 1955s “Gibberish” featuring Keezer, Gibbs and McBride; and 1964s “Waltz For My Children” featuring and arranged by Corea, alongside Gibbs and Carter as well as the final piece on the album —“Tango For Terry” written and performed by Corea for his old friend Terry Gibbs.

 

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The history of this project is very dramatic. The album, conceived as a tribute from his son – the father, the famous drummer and band leader of “The Thrasher” Gerry Gibbs – the 96-year-old legendary Terry Gibbs, who played with Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Art Blackie, Dizzy Gillespie etc., who composed more than 300 compositions, who recorded 65 solo albums and was the # 1 vibraphone player from 1950 to 1955 according to DownBeat and Metronome polls, turned into a double tribute with a very sad connotation. However, let’s go in order …

The double album Songs From My Father amazes with its monumentality. Gerry has selected 18 compositions from different years from the vast creative heritage of his father. Known for his signature Thrasher Dream Trio chamber ensembles, Jerry decided to entrust the performance of this music to several Thrasher Dream Trios, composed of the outstanding jazz musicians of our time. There are four of them in the album. Chick Corea and Ron Carter play in one with him, Kenny Barron and Buster Williams in the other, Patrice Rushen and Larry Goldings in the third (the only trio where a Hammond organ sounds instead of bass) and in the fourth – Jeff Keezer and Christian McBride. How do you like the team? In my opinion, just fantastic!

But what does it mean to implement such a project, and even in a covid year ?! Gerry Gibbs traveled half of America in ten months, coordinating the work schedules of the project participants in order to make these recordings. Terry’s old friend Chick Corea was especially inspired by the idea of ​​this tribute. He wrote the composition “Tango For Terry” specially for the album, which became the final track of the album, and also made arrangements for two more compositions. Gerry and Chick called up almost every week, discussed the progress of the project, and just talked “for life.” And then came the unexpected and black news of Chick Corea’s death. And it so happened that four pieces recorded for this album with his participation turned out to be the last lifetime recordings of this amazing musician …

Shocked by this tragedy, the project participants said goodbye to Corea with dignity. Gerry and his father jointly renamed Terry’s 1961 composition “Hey Jim” to “Hey Chick”, and it was jointly performed for the project by all eight of its members (each with a pair of choruses). In addition, Gerry also edited his father’s vibraphone solo from that old recording from the early 60s into this recording. This piece took a special place in the album, remarkable in all respects. If you love jazz, you just have to hear this unique work – and say goodbye to Chick Corea …

 

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Gerry Gibbs publishes Songs from my father with unreleased music by Chick Corea

Songs from my father is the highly anticipated new album from music scholar Gerry Gibbs. It is his thirteenth release as frontman, drummer, percussionist and bandleader, as well as arranger, Gibbs presents a two-disc masterpiece featuring four versions of his acclaimed trio that goes by the name Trasher Dream Trio.

Under his clever leadership, the band of jazz titans pay heartfelt tribute to the musical legacy of Gerry’s father, Terry Gibbs, one of the last living architects of be bop and innovators of the percussion instrument: the vibraphone.

For this purpose Gerry selected no more and no less than 18 melodies from his father’s vast discography and interpreted the material in a timeless way through his own compositional prism and lens, with ingenious and modern arrangements. Also Songs from my father has the last performance recorded with the great Chick Corea, piano genius who also passed away a few dates ago. It also includes one of the melodies Chick composed specifically for this project.

With Gibbs on drums, he has had the chance to record on this album with his stellar trios. Here you can enjoy excellent musicians such as Korea himself, Ron Carter, Kenny Barron, Buster Williams, Patrice Rushen, Larry Goldings, Geoff Keezer and Christian McBride.

A global pandemic could not stop this prolific jazz man, but rather, on the contrary, positively inspired him leaving an echo of an impressive season of creative production. Gibbs presents this album fresh from his epic 2019 work titled Our People, which defies the musical genre. Some critics defined it as “cleverly overlapping pieces that often come close to cinematic … quite a feat.”

We also had access to his previous 2020 Emotional Pandemic, an 18-track album entirely composed and performed by his own person. The 8 instruments. In fact, this was the launch that caught the attention of Chick Corea himself. Korea asked the drummer the process for recording all the instruments. That minimal conversation evolved into the possibility of collaboration and the concept was born: it was possible to release a double album as a result of collaborations with four amazing triso, including the aforementioned collaboration with Chick and Ron Carter.

In this state of affairs, later Korea asked to become even more deeply involved in work, in music. He composed an original piece under the title Tango For Terry, dedicated especially to Terry Gibbs and even arranging two pieces for the album.

Gibbs comments “What he wanted to do seemed almost impossible with the covid. There was a lot of fear, travel, safety precautions and logistics. How do 4 trios coordinate when a disease spreads all over the world and in the USA? That was the challenge and yet Gibbs saw the opportunity and did not give up organizing several trips to capture the sounds. Without a doubt, he has been worth it.

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 “Weather or Not”
Nice to hear graphically arranged material of Weather Report. Keep up with your creative mission! ~Wayne Shorter

“Gerry has created his own world on this recording. The amount of time and effort he brought to the project is astounding. The music itself is extremely wide ranging touching upon several distinct idioms …..quite impressive.” – Dave Liebman

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It is unique and kind of madcap, the sign of a fertile artist plowing through all the ideas swirling around his brain. “Instead of creating one musical concept, I wanted it to sound like 16 trios, so that’s why the music was so eclectic.” Gerry Gibbs is the artist, and his new, two-disc set—one disc devoted to the blazing Weather Report, the second to his own diverse material—leads listeners through a fun house of styles. Disc One is devoted to Weather Report tribute, but it’s not nearly the lukewarm cover collection by aspiring fusioneers you might expect. (Because, perhaps, they might beat Zawinul and company at their own game?) Instead, Gibbs opts to re-imagine the material from the POV of an acoustic piano-led trio, the featured instrument played by luminous new talent Alex Collins, with brilliant Austrian-born Hans Glawischnig on bass. The sparks sure do fly on familiar melodies: “Palladium,” “Teen Town,” “Birdland,” naturally, and “Black Market.” There’s lots to dig into here, and you certainly don’t have to be a Weather Report fan to dig it. Disc Two features Gibbs cranking up the creative juices on a set of originals, traversing from flamenco to pulse-quickening funk, calypso, gospel Latin jazz, R&B and plenty of all-out swing. While Gibbs has tackled myriad projects in the past, from 2006‘s Thrasher Big Band project Live at Luna’s to 2010‘s The Electric Thrasher Orchestra Plays The Music of Miles Davis (’67-’75) and 2013‘s Grammy-nominated Thrasher Dream Trio (with Ron Carter and Kenny Barron), this rich two-CD set, his 11th as a bandleader, is his most audacious and fully-realized project to date, an early crowning achievement from a restless spirit and a triumphant, indefatigable artist.
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 It is unique and kind of madcap, the sign of a fertile artist plowing through all the ideas swirling around his brain. “Instead of creating one musical concept, I wanted it to sound like 16 trios, so that’s why the music was so eclectic.” Gerry Gibbs is the artist, and his new, two-disc set—one disc devoted to the blazing Weather Report, the second to his own diverse material—leads listeners through a fun house of styles. Disc One is devoted to Weather Report tribute, but it’s not nearly the lukewarm cover collection by aspiring fusioneers you might expect. (Because, perhaps, they might beat Zawinul and company at their own game?) Instead, Gibbs opts to reimagine the material from the POV of an acoustic piano-led trio, the featured instrument played by luminous new talent Alex Collins, with brilliant Austrian-born Hans Glawischnig on bass. The sparks sure do fly on familiar melodies: “Palladium,” “Teen Town,” “Birdland,” naturally, and “Black Market.” There’s lots to dig into here, and you certainly don’t have to be a Weather Report fan to dig it. Disc Two features Gibbs cranking up the creative juices on a set of originals, traversing from flamenco to pulse-quickening funk, calypso, gospel Latin jazz, R&B and plenty of all-out swing. While Gibbs has tackled myriad projects in the past, from 2006‘s Thrasher Big Band project Live at Luna’s to 2010‘s The Electric Thrasher Orchestra Plays The Music of Miles Davis (’67-’75) and 2013‘s Grammy-nominated Thrasher Dream Trio (with Ron Carter and Kenny Barron), this rich two-CD set, his 11th as a bandleader, is his most audacious and fully-realized project to date, an early crowning achievement from a restless spirit and a triumphant, indefatigable artist.
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“Joe Zawinul always had the utmost respect for maestros Kenny Barron and Ron Carter. I am certain that their Thrasher Trio-mate Gerry Gibbs’ name would have been added to that select list had Joe been able to hear Gerry’s realization of the music of Weather Report as played by his new trio that includes Alex Collins on piano, Fender Rhodes, organ & vocals, plus Hans Glavishnig on acoustic bass (whose playing on this CD bears an uncanny resemblance to maestro Carter’s). Here is a unique reading of Weather Report’s music that is totally fun to listen to. As an insider, I can say that this album sheds new light on the WR canon while spotlighting the intrinsic talent and sounds of Gerry’s new band. I feel the better for having heard this recording.
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Jaco would have loved Hans’ playing on “A Remark You Made” … I know that I do.
– Peter Erskine
7 ALEX IN FOREST ORIGINAL
Gerry, love your interpretations, really gives me lots of inspirations. Keep this up.
Alex Acuna
 10. HANS IN FOREST ORIGINAL
Great musical interpretations by drummer/visionary Gerry Gibbs of the various songs originally recorded by supergroup Weather Report. Gerry’s drumming is impeccable throughout. The band really cooks!! A “must have” CD!
Alphonse Mouzon
(Original Drummer and Founding Member of Weather Report)
Chairman of Tenacious Records

11. TRIO IN FOREST ORIGINAL

 

Gerry Gibbs and Thrasher People visit the Music of Weather Report with great re-interpretations and success, and if that wasn’t enough on this 2 CD set, you can hear the Thrasher Trio tackle Gerry Gibbs’ complex original compositions each of which tell a unique story like the Weather Report tunes… real impressive playing from everyone…this stuff ain’t easy folks!! They kill it!
Randy Brecker
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I am having so much fun listening to Gerry’s new trio cd celebrating the music of weather report. Totally swingin’ and lots of surprises. Gerry is a very interesting artist for me to listen to, he is not only a great drummer with tons of spirit and ideas but he is a great arranger and writer. His deep understanding of history and love of the music is always present as is his sense of humor. Hard swing, funk blues, a great shuffle and lots of soul, all the things I love about jazz music are constantly being addressed, taken apart, put back together backwards then forwards and inside out without being tongue in cheek or labored.  New and fresh ideas being examined from many angles through the eyes of artists who know the roots.  An oasis of swingin’ jazz at a time when it is really needed. Thank you Gerry!

 Mike Clark

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Thank You’s

This CD would not have been documented if it had not been for my Thrasher People Brothers, Alex and Hans. Special Thanks to Alex for taking my 12 arrangements and 16 originals and not only transcribing them from my computer mock ups but for memorizing all 28 songs and for going out of your ways every step of the way.

Thanks to Thadd – Your presence was felt all through out ! Never seen but felt for sure.

Special thank you’s to DW Drums Special Thank you to all at DW Drums. Special thank you to  Don Lombardi, John Good and special thanks to Garrison

Special Thank you to Evans Drum Heads & Pure Sound Percussion. Huge Thanks to my brother Marco Soccoli for not just taking care of me, equipment wise, but stopping in and out of the recording sessions to give all his knowledge of different drum heads that he sent and brought to the studio for this recording. He helped me constantly change heads to different models on 15 different DW Drums used on these 2 CD’s

Special Thanks to Zildjian. Extra special Thanks to Kirsten Matt and Sarah Hagan for sending bells and special effects cymbals the day before recording started..Love you guys.

Thank you Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Humes and Berg Drum Bags

Special Thanks to my wife Kyeshie Gibbs. She was there during every minute in the studio all 5 days and had many great ideas during the tracking and mixing of these CD’s

Special Thanks as always to my Pops who encouraged me to go out every night and find the new members of THRASHER PEOPLE.

During the preparation for this recording a few key people really made some amazing things happen in many ways related to this recording. Much love to 2 of the best drummers on the planet – Mike Clark and Joey Heredia.  Also huge thanks to Weather Report Alumni and 3 of the most important and influential musicians, Peter Erskine, Alex Acuna, Alphonse Mouzon, Thank you to Randy Brecker and Mike for their kind thoughts about the music after they heard the 2 CDs. One of the most knowledgeable and creative music writers in the music world Bill Milkowski. Special Thanks to Keyboard Wizard and Producer Nick Manson for some great imput. Thank you to Stan & Jerry (Owners of Pro Drum Shop in Hollywood California) for taking care of all my equipment over the last 25 years.

Thank you to all the amazing sound people involved – David Stoller & Mark Marciano and of course huge hugs and love to Nancy Marciano

Thanks to Whaling City Sound Team Neal Weiss, Dave Arruda Jr and Ginny Shea

CD Dedication

This CD is dedicated to Neal Weiss for his 10 years of huge support, love, friendship and always great input and amazing care of all the projects we have done together for his wonder Whaling City Sound Label.

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#ICYMI: Tim Ray Trio performs at the Centre Street Sessions for VAHA New Bedford

This Centre Street Session features two sets by the Tim Ray Trio (5:30p and 7:15p, and streaming thereafter at AHA New Bedford’s Facebook page) with Dave Zinno on bass and Mark Walker on drums.

Until the pandemic shut live music down, Tim was touring as music director and pianist for Tony Bennett, and his recent CD with Terri Lyne Carrington and John Patitucci made the top 10 in the JazzWeek National Radio Chart.

Centre Street Sessions usually take place in the Summer months of June through September outside, in the parking lot of Fiber Optic Center, in the heart of the Historic District and within the Whaling Heritage Historical National Park. Sponsored by AHA, Fiber Optic Center and Whaling City Sound these concerts have showcased many performers and enabled people to enjoy world class music in a relaxed, informal and acoustically comfortable setting.

This performance was recorded earlier in July in the chapel of the renovated Steeple Playhouse new home of the 70+ year old Your Theatre and formerly the First Baptist Church. Renovation is being overseen and supported by the non-profit Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (WHALE, www.waterfrontleague.org). Professional quality audio, as well as video, was done by John Farrell of Middlehouse Sound. For the last 8 years, Your Theatre has also produced the widely acclaimed New Bedford JazzFest, held on the waterfront near downtown, and surrounded by New Bedford’s record setting fishing fleet.

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December 9thFriday
7:30pm
Tony Bennett and his Quartet in Concert
featuring Tony – voice, Tim – piano/MD, Gray Sargent – guitar, Marshall Wood – bass & Harold Jones – drums
Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington
Fredricksburg, VA
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December 10thSaturday
7pm
Tony Bennett and his Quartet in Concert
featuring Tony – voice, Tim – piano/MD, Gray Sargent – guitar, Marshall Wood – bass & Harold Jones – drums
Pfleger Concert Hall, Rowan University
Glassboro, NJ
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December 12th – Monday
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Tony Bennett and his Quartet in Concert
featuring Tony – voice, Tim – piano/MD, Gray Sargent – guitar, Marshall Wood – bass & Harold Jones – drums
Paramount Theater
Charlottesville, VA
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January 12thThursday
7 – 10pm
The Tim Ray Trio
featuring John Lockwood – bass & Mark Walker – drums
Thelonious Monkfish
Cambridge, MA
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I’m Beginning to See the Light (D. Ellington) 5:37
Monk’s Dream (T. Monk) 5:12
Toys (H. Hancock) 6:27
DE-Train (T. Ray) 3:50
Joy (T. Ray) 6:38
I’ve Been to Memphis (L. Lovett) 5:47
Dolphin Dance (H. Hancock) 3:23
Windows (C. Corea) 5:37
So Tender (K. Jarrett) 5:52
Star Eyes (G. de Paul / D. Raye) 6:51
Peace (H. Silver) 5:22
12 x 7 (J. Lockwood) 3:08

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Tim Ray – piano
John Lockwood – bass
Mark Walker – drums

Recorded 2014 in the WGBH Fraser Performance Studio, Boston, MA

Engineering, mixing and editing – Antonio Oliart Ros

Liner notes – Bob Blumenthal

Thanks to Neal Weiss, Dave, Ginny and everyone at Whaling City Sound for all your work to help make this recording possible. Thanks also to John, Mark, Antonio and Bob for their artistry and unparalleled skills. And a big thank you to Tyson for her help in making this project (and all my projects) a better and more rewarding experience.

Tim Ray is a Steinway artist and endorses Steinway Pianos
Mark Walker is a Yamaha, Paiste, Remo, Vic Firth and LP artist

For more information on this recording, or inquiries on booking this group, please visit AgitatedCatMusic.com

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BEST IMPROVISED JAZZ SOLO:  TED NASH (IN THE RAIN)

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BEST INSTRUMENTAL COMPOSITION:  SPY MOVIE END CREDITS

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BESTJAZZ INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM:  NO BOUNDARIES

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“A highly effective bebop player, who also has a way with Afro-Cuban rhythms, Bass proves his mettle … displaying wit, arranging chops, and impressive pianoism…The unusual mix of bebop and Afro-Cuban music … [is] complimented by three expert Cuban percussionists, often making the album surprising and invigorating.”

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In the album No Boundaries, Dave Bass performs classic, beloved jazz songs on the piano, with a wealth of support from fellow musicians: two-time Grammy winner Ted Nash on a variety of instruments including flutes and saxophones; five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson performing vocals; two-time Grammy winner Carlos Henriquez on bass; Jerome Jennings on drums; and more. No Boundaries is a vivacious album with a strong Latin influence, and a superb contribution to personal and public library jazz piano collections. Highly recommended! The tracks are “Lennie’s Pennies”, “Spy Movie End Credits”, “Agenbite of Inwit”, “If I Loved You”, “La Mulata Rumbera”, “Tango Adagio”, “Time of My Life”, “Siboney”, “Neither Have I Wings”, “Danzon #1”, “Swing Theory”, “In the Rain”, and “Hallucinations”.

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Release Date: August 2nd

The saying goes that everyone’s got a story to tell. But chances are good that few, if any, have the kind of story Dave Bass has. Without resorting to detail, Bass’s rebirth as a jazz musician after decades away from the art is nothing short of astonishing. Having retired from the Office of the Attorney General of California back in 2015, Bass is back at the piano, where he promises to keep the torch burning for classic songs, elegant bebop and beautiful performance. NO BOUNDARIES features two-time Grammy® winner Ted Nash (flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax), five-time Grammy® nominee Karrin Allyson (vocals), and two-time Grammy® winner Carlos Henriquez (bass) and Jerome Jennings (drums). Three great Cuban musicians join Dave on selected tracks: Mauricio Herrera, Miguel Valdes, and two-time Latin Grammy winner, Carlos Caro adding  bata, conga, guiro, bongo and timbales. Dave’s third album since his comeback, his second for the acclaimed Whaling City Sound label, is a celebration of gorgeous playing and lovely Latin influence. It’s also a dream come true, not only for Bass who is fulfilling his own lifelong dream, but also for his fans, who have waited a long time to hear this gifted musician-interrupted by injury and another incredibly successful but unrelated career – come into his own.

PERSONNEL

Dave Bass – piano 
Ted Nash – flute, alto flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano sax, alto sax,  
tenor sax (all tracks except 13)
Karrin Allyson – vocals (tracks 4, 7) 
Carlos Henriquez – bass 
Jerome Jennings – drums (all tracks except 5, 8, 10) 

Carlos Caro – guiro, bongos, bell (tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 10) 

Miguel Valdes – bata, conga (tracks 5, 8, 10) 
Mauricio Hernandez – timbales, maracas (tracks 4, 5, 8, 10)   
 
Produced by: Dave Bass and Ted Nash 
Recording Engineer: Marc Urselli, Eastside Sound
Mixing Engineer and Associate Producer: Ben Allison, Allisonics Studio 
Mastering Engineer: Alan Silverman, Arf! Mastering
Photography: Adrien H. Tillmann
DAVE BASS: Lennie's Pennies (No Boundaries)
DAVE BASS: Lennie’s Pennies
(No Boundaries)

 

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Dave celebrates his new release NO BOUNDARIES, with a debut performance at the Auburn State Theatre (Auburn, CA) on August 10 with the Dave Bass Jazz Quartet featuring Jacam Manricks, (flutes, clarinet, saxes), Ben Kopf (bass) and Jim Frink (drums).  Dave will be playing standards and originals from his new CD.  The music ranges from swingin’ straight-ahead jazz and ballads to a taste of evocative Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music.

– Phil Woods (RIP) on NYC Sessions
“NYC SESSIONS covers a broad range of material for a unified whole…due in part to Bass’ savvy as an arranger and programmer, and his top-notch crew, not to mention his own sparkling keyboard work.”
– Jon Garelick / DownBeat
“Bass writes and plays in a style that is easily identifiable and relatable, yet sophisticated and operates on a very high level. Dave Bass is back doing what he was born to do and, in doing so, is keeping the torch burning for elegant songwriting and classic bebop in the process.”- Eric Harabedian / Jazz Inside“Not only is Mr. Bass in fine form…the music in all its diversity and passion [has] an unstoppable momentum under his leadership.”
– Raul Da Gama, Latin Jazz Network
WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DAVID BASSE
“The soul of a bon vivant and the spirit of a hipster…Basse scats with insouciance, reels you into ballads with a raconteur’s charm.”
– George Kanzler / Hot House Magazine
“…the rich substance, clear intonation and sincerity of delivery that are all qualities of Basse’s style…shades of Eddie Jefferson all the way.”– Scott Yanow / LA Jazz Scene
“A hip and swinging singer who digs into the lyrics that he sings.” – Scott Albin / Jazz Times
“David Basse is the working man’s hi-tone remedy to a week spent fighting the boss, busting the hump, and dialing back stress.”
– Mark S. Tucker / Acoustic Music ExchangeCHECK OUT OUR NEW YOUTUBE VIDEO HERE
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Dave Bass: LOST VALENTINE with Karrin Allyson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qpe-0pDivZk&feature=youtu.be

 

Dave Bass: LA COMPARSA/MI MONTUNO with Ignacio Berroa & Conrad Herwig https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOqs0saGrEE&feature=youtu.be _____________________________________________
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Click here to watch “Lennie’s Pennies” on YouTube!
Updated Lineup for upcoming release:

1.     Lennie’s Pennies.  (Lennie Tristano; arr. by Dave Bass) 5:32

2.    Spy Movie End Credits  (Dave Bass)  7:12

3.    Agenbite of Inwit (Dave Bass)  4:39

4.     If I Loved You (Rogers & Hammerstein; arr. by Dave Bass)   6:20

5.     La Mulata Rumbera (Alejandro Rodriguez; arr. by Dave Bass)  6:04

6.   Tango Adagio (Dave Bass; arr. by Ted Nash and Dave Bass)  4:27

7.  Time of My Life (Dave Bass)    4:04

8.   Siboney (Ernesto Lecuona; arr. by Dave Bass    5:23

9.    Neither Have I Wings (Dave Bass)    5:43

 10.     Danzon #1 (Dave Bass)     7:02

11.    Swing Theory (Dave Bass)    5:09

12.   In The Rain (Dave Bass)   6:43

13.   Hallucinations (Bud Powell; arr. by Dave Bass)  3:50

“a thoughtful and singing improviser and a composer with a rare gift for form and melody”
“growing conviction in Bass’ playing”
“The independence of his right and left hands is frequently impressive, but Bass is not about shining a light on his growing technique.  What impresses most is his dramatic control, his new strength in telling stories and building climaxes.”
“A Dave Bass solo takes the listener on a journey, one made more fascinating by the terrain of his original compositions.”
“Dave Bass goes his own way, and as you will hear, his way is sweet.”

                                                             – Bob Blumenthal, 2 time Grammy winner
California show this Saturday, August 12 from 6p-9pat Mastroserio Winery in Somerset, El Dorado County.

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May 19-21 Bass & Basse do Basie & Beyond

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DAVE BASS: Lennie's Pennies (No Boundaries)
DAVE BASS: Lennie’s Pennies
(No Boundaries)
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Dave celebrates his new release NO BOUNDARIES, with a debut performance at the Auburn State Theatre (Auburn, CA) on August 10 with the Dave Bass Jazz Quartet featuring Jacam Manricks, (flutes, clarinet, saxes), Ben Kopf (bass) and Jim Frink (drums).  Dave will be playing standards and originals from his new CD.  The music ranges from swingin’ straight-ahead jazz and ballads to a taste of evocative Brazilian and Afro-Cuban music.

May 19 Narrows Center / Fall River, MA

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w/ Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore

May 20 Shapeshifter / Brooklyn, NY
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w/ Harvie S and Paul Wells

May 21 Deer Head Inn / Delaware Water Gap, PA
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w/ Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore

 


Purchase Dave’s “NYC Sessions on Amazon
YouTube: If I Loved You (Live at Clara), DAVE BASS: Someday (Live at the Geery Theater), THE SIXTIES, LOST VALENTINE, LA COMPARSA/MI MONTUNO

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Publicity: Insight, Upcoming 2016 ShowsJazz-Quad Magazine, DownBeat, fox40newsImprovijazzation Nation, Jazz Life, Arts Journal Blog/ Rifftides Recent ListeningO’s Place Jazz Newsletter (4/15) , Celebrity Cafe, All About Jazz, Jazz Inside Review, Jazziz (featured track, next issue), DownBeat , Jazz Times (4/15), Critical Bop-N-Jazz, Buffalo NewsJazz-Quad Magazine, Jazz Notes, Jazz Examiner, Latin Jazz Network, Capital Public Radio (2/15), Jazz Society of Oregon, Chip Etier, Midwest Record, Jazz Weekly, Critical Jazz 

Radio promo by New World ‘n Jazz: 16 weeks on JazzWeek chart peaked#5 3/16/15Promo Photos: Dave Bass Promo photo1, photo2, BirdlandCDs: NYC Sessions Preview The great Count Basie said, “If you play a tune and a person don’t tap their feet, don’t play the tune.” He could have easily been referring to Dave Bass and David Basse. Each artist’s music causes countless toes to tap, and now, performing together, they present a night of the Count’s music, their own tunes … and beyond.
Composer, pianist, and arranger Dave Bass started his jazz career in the 1970s touring the world and performing with artists as diverse as Brenda Lee and Bobby McFerrin. After a 20-year break, and a successful legal career, he’s back with a vengeance. DownBeat gave Dave’s most recent recording, NYC Sessions, a coveted 4-star review and named it one of the “Best Albums of 2015.”
David Basse, much like Count Basie, has deep roots in Kansas City. His soulful vocals have drawn praise far and wide, and the great Maya Angelou exclaimed, “I love the soul that is your voice.”
Both artists recorded extensively with the late, great Phil Woods, and Bass & Basse are honored to include Phil’s long-time rhythm section, Bill Goodwin and Steve Gilmore, on their Narrows and Deer Head Inn gigs

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT DAVE BASS
“Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It’s swingin’ all the way!”

Listen to the “ultra cool and devil-may-care swing” of The Sixties (Jazz Inside) where Phil Woods takes a blistering solo. Jazz Inside also declares that “‘Lost Valentine’ is another sweetheart of a tune – again featuring Allyson’s dulcet tones. The romantic blend of melancholy and Chris Washburne’s muted trombone is a perfect match.” NYC Sessions is likely Phil Woods’ final studio album and this “Iconic altoist . . sounds big and bold, fully engaged with Bass’ tuneful charts.” (Downbeat – 4 Star Review)

PHIL WOODS [RIP] on NYC Sessions: “Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It’s swinging all the way and the overall balance of material is exquisite.”

 

The music in consideration is available on Dave’s Youtube page. Click the link below to enjoy!https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveBassMusic/videosImprovijazzation Nation Review
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Jazz Life Review

“Dave Bass (originally from Cincinnati, Ohio) came to Japan in the 1970s as Brenda Lee’s pianist. After injuring his right hand, he became a lawyer, and after a long hiatus finally reemerged on the music scene in 2008 with his first albumGone. NYC Sessions marks his return as a full-time musician. It features an exceptional blend of Bass’s delicate touch, a contrast with his tough appearance, and a modern vibe grounded in Latin jazz. An extraordinary lineup of guests, including Phil Woods, Conrad Herwig, and Karrin Allyson, help crown his belated return to life as a talented pianist.”

7/31: CHECK‬ OUT Dave Bass perform  at Cabana Winery with Mat Marucci & Kerry Kashiwagi
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DownBeatLayout 1With “NYC Sessions” about to release, amazing responds have already been noted!Bass “writes and plays in a style that is easily identifiable and relatable, yet sophisticated and operates on a very high level.” Jazz Inside“…a wonderfully swinging date…a killer, unexpected set that comes in from left field with all deliberate speed.  Hot stuff.”  midwestrecord.com“The tunes are varied, eclectic yet with a smoldering soul all their own. The intimate interpretation of “My Foolish Heart” works well against the more European influenced “Dark Eyes” which is drawn from the Russian / Jewish background that is Dave Bass.

An impressive and vibrant offering of styles including a plethora of Latin influences has NYC Sessions as one of those stealth releases that will work well in any library!” criticaljazz.com
“Dave Bass is back doing what he was born to do and in doing so, is keeping the torch burning for elegant songwriting and classic bebop in the process…” –Eric Harabadian / Jazz Inside
“This album is just plain sensational.  Not only is Mr. Bass in fine form, he also contributes wonderful charts to the proceedings. And the music in all its diversity and passion appears to have an unstoppable momentum under his leadership.”    NYC Sessions is “highly entertaining and gripping recording, crisply executed by the ensemble . . . with an energy, drive and polish entirely apt for the compelling admixture of Mr. Bass’ expressive musical language…”

CD release 2/10/15Layout 1Screen shot 2015-01-19 at 10.32.44 AM  “NYC Sessions” CD Release Party: Dave Bass Quartet w/ Karrin Allyson Thursday, February 12 TWO SHOWS:  8 PM & 10 PMKitano 66 Park Avenue (at E 38th St), New York City, NY 10016http://www.kitano.com/Jazz-Schedule212.885.7000$15 cover, $15 minimum drink and food per person, per setFeaturing:  Dave Bass – Piano, Harvie S – Upright Bass, Chris Washburne – Trombone, Richie Morales – Drums, Special Guest:  Karrin Allyson ###18647_VenueFeaturing Dave Bass – PianoSaturday, February 14 8 PM & 10:00 PM Scullers Jazz Club at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Boston400 Soldiers Field Rd Allston, MA 02134617.562.4111Info@ScullersJazz.com$35 cover, Dinner & show $75 ###Screen shot 2014-08-25 at 2.01.40 PMNYC Sessions” CD Release Party: Dave Bass Quintet With Special Guests Greg Abate  & Phil WoodsFriday, February 20 8 PM -11:00 PM Narrows Center for the Arts16 Anawan St. Fall River, MA 02721508.324.1926$35 cover, Dinner & show $75Featuring:  Dave Bass – Piano, Harvie S – Upright Bass, Chris Washburne – Trombone, Richie Morales – Drums Opening: Vance Gilbert###DAVE BASS / NYC SESSIONS
Catalog # wcs071
UPC / 687606007123========================================TRACKS:1.  The Sixties 6:02
2.  Lost Mambo 4.55
3.  Endless Waltz 5.05
4.  La Comparsa/Mi Montuno 7:17
5.  Lost Valentine 7:12
6.  My Foolish Heart 5:32
7.  Baltic Bolero  5:33
8.  Since I Found You 4:56
9.  Dark Eyes 6:12
10.  Silence 3:46
11.  Just A Fool 4:38Total running time: 60:02========================================All Music & Lyrics and arrangements by Dave Bass; Dave Bass Music, BMI, except where notedDark Eyes (traditional)
La Comparsa (Ernesto Lecuona) Edward B. Marks Music Co.
My Foolish Heart (Victor Young & Ned Washington) Patti Washington Music/Chappel & Co./Shapiro Bernstein obo Catherine Hinen Music, ASCAP.========================================MUSICIANS:Dave Bass, piano
Harvie S, acoustic bass
Ignacio Berroa, drums
Karrin Allyson, vocals on Endless Waltz and Lost Valentine
Phil Woods, alto sax on The Sixties, Lost Mambo, Baltic Bolero, Since I Found You, Silence, and Just A Fool.
Conrad Herwig, trombone on The Sixties, Mi Montuno, Baltic Bolero, Silence
Chris Washburne, trombone on Lost Mambo, Lost Valentine, Dark Eyes
Enrique Fernandez, flute on Lost Mambo, Mi Montuno, Dark Eyes
Carlos Caro, conga & percussion on Lost Mambo, La Comparsa/Mi Montuno, Lost Valentine, Baltic Bolero, Dark Eyes
Paulette McWilliams, vocals on Since I Found You, Just A Fool========================================CREDITS:Produced by Dave Bass
Executive Producer: Neal Weiss
Recorded December 4 & 5 2012 at MSR Studios, New York, NY
Recording Engineer and mixing: Todd Whitelock
Re-mixing: Michael O’Reilly
Re-mixing consultant: Suzi Reynolds
Mastering: Alan SilvermanCD Design by David Arruda Jr
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Go to: www.DaveBassMusic.com========================================ABOUT DAVE BASS:This Cincinnati kid attended Berklee, studied with Madame Chaloff gleaning an exquisite touch on piano and an appreciation for the spirituality of music, opened for Captain Beefheart, studied composition with George Russell and toured the world with Brenda Lee before hitting 26. After an injury took him out of the music world for decades, Dave is back.  As Phil Woods says about NYC Sessions, “Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It’s swinging all the way and the overall balance of material is exquisite. Let’s take this sucker on the road!”========================================BOB BLUMENTHAL NOTES:The road leading Dave Bass to his New York City sessions was long and winding to say the least. It has taken him across the US and over the Pacific Ocean, through a variety of styles, a change of careers and two decades where he appeared to put music behind him. Along the way, Bass mastered the language of modern jazz improvisation, the rhythmic secrets of Afro-Latin idioms, and both the melodic and poetic auras of the Great American Songbook. No late bloomer, Bass should be considered a hardy perennial whose talents, once dormant, have finally emerged.The jazz chops, heard on his hard-swinging “The Sixties” and delicate reading of “My Foolish Heart,” came first, and can be traced to the music he heard while growing up in Cincinnati. “A friend played John Coltrane’s Live at the Village Vanguard Again for me and it knocked me out,” Bass recalls. “I just went from there, with the goal of playing avant-garde jazz.” He enrolled at Boston’s Berklee College but dropped out after a few weeks, finding the curriculum of less interest than the contemporary music that had yet to reach the academy – the mix of freedom and intellect in Paul Bley’s music and the spontaneity of Keith Jarrett’s Facing You. Bass used his time in Boston to study with visionary tutors such as George Russell, who had begun teaching his Lydian Chromatic Concept at the New England Conservatory, and Madame Margaret Chaloff, the legendary piano teacher whose emphasis on sound can be heard in Bass’ beautiful keyboard touch.While these lessons were sinking in, and while his love of adventurous music never waned, Bass began to find his avant-garde focus insular and limiting. Mastery of the musical basics he had previously shunned now became a goal. “I didn’t want to be on this island, isolated from the rest of the world, and I wanted to prove that I could survive as a working musician,” he explains, “so I began answering ads for any kind of band that had an opening – blues bands, rock bands, groups accompanying Sinatra-style singers. I got pretty good and began to tour, and while my jazz playing definitely took a back seat, I’d still play things like Chick Corea’s `Spain’ when the rhythm section would be given an opening number.” One of those opening features led to a yearlong gig touring internationally behind singer Brenda Lee.By 1975 Bass was tired of the road and left Lee to settle in San Francisco.  ”The scene was really vibrant,” he says, “with bebop, more contemporary jazz styles and the emerging salsa scene.” It was at this point that he gained the feeling for the various Latin rhythms that inform “Lost Mambo,” “La Comparsa/Mi Montuno,” “Baltic Bolero” and his arrangement of “Dark Eyes.” “I got some Latin gigs,” he explains, “and when I wasn’t playing well enough on the bandstand the cats would just sing the right feeling into my ear.”San Francisco also gave Bass the chance to immerse himself in standards and try his hand at writing in that idiom. He accompanied the young Bobby McFerrin and developed a particularly close relationship with Jackie Ryan. “Jackie was in a band I formed called Ad Infinitum, which was named after the Carla Bley tune. When Jackie moved to Maui, she invited me over to accompany her and I ended up staying for four years. We became big local jazz stars over there, and I must have learned the changes to hundreds of tunes.”Bass finally returned with his family to Southern California, with every intention of continuing his career as a pianist and composer. Then one night, in the parking lot at a gig, he slipped on a pool of oil and fractured his wrist in an attempt to break the fall. “I actually played the gig with just my left hand,” he recalls, “and went to see a doctor a couple of days later. The diagnosis was that there was no guarantee that I’d be able to play again once my wrist healed.” With a family to support, Bass decided to become a lawyer, which meant completing the Bachelor’s Degree he had never earned before entering Law School. Ultimately, the career change led Bass to Sacramento and a position as a California Deputy Attorney General, and his musical focus dimmed. “I liked what I was doing,” he says, “and there weren’t any old friends around calling up and saying `Hey, let’s go hang out and hear some music.’ So I didn’t really look back on my life as a working musician. I still had a piano, but I resisted most requests to play socially. My musical activities were basically limited to accompanying my lawyer friends when they sang show tunes at parties, and teaching basic musical concepts to my kids’ elementary school classes.”All of this changed in 2005, after Bass shared his life story with a videographer he had employed for a legal deposition. The videographer invited him to a party where several bands played, and for once Bass did not decline the invitation to “play a couple of tunes” on the electric piano, which led one of the bass players to invite Bass to a jam session. “Jamming just felt so good,” he marvels, “and apparently I had a lot to say. I didn’t realize how much I had missed music; but once those stars had aligned, it just came pouring out.” While there was rust, Bass called upon one of his early teacher’s wisdom. “Madame Chaloff ‘s idea of playing from a deep place became my goal. I may have forgotten the changes to a lot of tunes, and my chops were down, but I realized that the content of what I could say in a solo does not depend on chops.”By the time Bass recorded his debut disc Gone in 2008 and 2009, both his playing and writing showed no signs of rust. With the support of California stalwarts Babatunde Lea (an old friend who was part of Ad Infinitum), Gary Brown and Ernie Watts, and with Mary Stallings interpreting two of his songs, the album brought Bass to the attention of a national audience and gained prominent exposure on jazz radio. The next step is NYC Sessions, with its cast of East Coast giants, seven instrumentals and four vocals.“The more that I got back into the music, the more I realized that the cats I wanted to play with were in New York,” Bass notes. “I liked the idea of musicians who could play all of the music I wanted to play, whether Latin or jazz,” a description that nails the multi-faceted skills of Conrad Herwig, Chris Washburne, Harvie S and Ignacio Berroa. “And having Phil Woods participate was astounding. He was so warm and easy to work with, and his mere presence upped my game.” Woods, who takes his usual burning turns on “The Sixties,” “Lost Mambo,” “Baltic Bolero” and “Since I Found You,” also delivers one of his classic ballad readings on Bass’ beautiful “Silence.”The four vocal tracks confirm Bass’ claim that “my songs are different.” The melodies go to unexpected places, as do the changes, and the narrative tends to dictate form rather than vice versa. The songs also explore a range of feelings, which led Bass to call upon two distinctive vocal stylists. Karrin Allyson makes the heartbreak behind “Endless Waltz” and the bossa nova “Lost Valentine” all the more powerful through understatement, while Paulette McWilliams (like Bass a Californian) sinks deep into the Basie groove of “Since I Found You” and the soulful “Just a Fool.” Both “Lost Valentine” and “Since I Found You” can be heard in instrumental versions on Gone, where changes in tempo and mood yield different but equally compelling performances.Dave Bass’ piano playing is as multi-faceted as his writing. Whether grooving straight-ahead on “The Sixties” and “Since I Found You,” emoting an authentic Cuban feel on “La Comparsa” and “Baltic Bolero” or turning introspective for “My Foolish Heart,” Bass’ solos display melodic clarity, rich sound and impressive chops. His accompaniments, for both vocal and instrumental soloists, add context and detail while always remaining in service. The deep place he has sought throughout his singular career has only grown deeper in the musical soil of NYC.Bob Blumenthal========================================QUOTES:Ignacio Berroa:Dave Bass is “a beautiful person and great musician.”Phil Woods:“Man! This is a helluva recording. I love it and am very proud to be on it. It’s swinging all the way and the overall balance of material is exquisite. Let’s take this sucker on the road!”“Obviously Dave is a well-trained composer and pianist. Sophisticated. This is street music taken up to 5th Ave. High art but it’s still got a street value. You can still feel the blood in the body. It’s not elitist music. It’s for the folks. It’s for everybody. If you can’t dance to this, sit down.““I think that David Bass has captured the final, beautiful fusion of some of the best Latino musicians and the best American jazz musicians and he’s blended it: ballads, classical, and it comes out to be a beautiful buffet of music.  And I’m very proud, as an old veteran, to take part in this project because it was very exciting. And I think everyone’s gonna love it!Karrin Allyson:”I’m really impressed with Dave’s compositions.”========================================ENDORSEMENTS:Phil Woods plays a Yamaha 82Z alto sax and uses Van Doren ZZ reeds, and a K & M sax standIgnacio Berroa plays: Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Evans Drum Heads, Vic Firth Sticks and L.P. InstrumentsConrad Herwig plays Michael Rath Trombones, England, exclusivelyHarvie S uses the Acoustic Image amplifier========================================THANKS:First, I wish to thank the owner of Whaling City Sound, Neal Weiss, that rarity in the music biz: a true gentleman and a man of his word.Second, thanks to my wonderful family, Nancy, Zoe and Carlin for supporting my re-entry into music.Third, I wish to thank all the extraordinarily talented musicians who breathed life into my compositions and lyrics; Karrin Allyson, Phil Woods, Conrad Herwig, Harvie S, Ignacio Berroa, Chris Washburne, Enrique Fernandez, Carlos Caro and Paulette McWilliams.Finally, thanks to Yas Rowan for his spot-on videos of the NYC recording session.

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