Dan Dean

Songs Without Words

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Classical
UPC: 0805553302126
Catnr: OC 33021
Release date: 04 August 2017
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Origin Classical
Catalogue number
OC 33021
Release date
04 August 2017

About the album

Achieving international recognition through his 40-year career as a bassist and as an award-winning producer, composer, and recording engineer, Dan Dean is a truly multi-faceted artist constantly seeking new challenges and outlets for expressing the music he hears. For his debut vocal recording, Dean came about it in a very roundabout way. In preparation for a recording of solo bass with string orchestra, Dean arranged works by JS Bach, Vivaldi, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff and Albinoni. With the budget and organizational constraints of recording large ensembles, Dean decided to try adapting the arrangements to his voice. What began as a “what if” experiment turned into a musically ambitious, technically challenging effort. Often angelic, or haunting, or exuberant, "Songs Without Words" is a culmination of his musical experiences over a lifetime, captured by a single microphone.
Durch seine 40-jährige Karriere als Bassist und als preisgekrönter Produzent, Komponist und Toningenieur ist Dan Dean ein international facettenreicher Künstler, der ständig neue Herausforderungen sucht, um die Musik hören zu können, die er hören möchte. Seine Debüt-Vokalaufnahmen kamen über Umwege zustande. Zur Vorbereitung auf eine Aufnahme von Solo-Bass mit Streichorchester arrangierte Dean Werke von JS Bach, Vivaldi, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakoff und Albinoni. Mit dem Budget und den organisatorischen Zwängen der Aufnahme großer Ensembles entschied sich Dean, die Arrangements an seine Stimme anzupassen. Was als "was wenn" Experiment begann, wurde zu einer musikalisch ehrgeizigen, technisch anspruchsvollen Dynamik. Oft engelsgleich oder eindringlich oder üppig, "Songs Without Words" ist der Höhepunkt seiner musikalischen Erlebnisse eines langen Lebens, von einem einzigen Mikrofon aufgenommen.


Truly a multi-talented artist, Dan Dean 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. The Dan Dean Sample Libraries have thus far won 3 Keyboard Magazine's "Key Buy" awards, Electronic Musician Magazine's "Best Buy", and over the past year an a half have earned a total of 35 stars in Sound On Sound Magazine.

Dan has been a major contributor to music education. He is the author of the widely successful Hal Leonard Series for Electric Bass Method Books 1, 2 and 3, Hal Leonard Electric Bass Studio Series Books 1, 2 and 3, Bass Trax and other related projects. He has been a member of the teaching faculties in Jazz studies and Electric Bass, of Western Washington University, Olympic College and Shoreline College. Dan received his B.A. in 1975 from the University of Washington where he majored in English Composition and Literature. He is also an FAA rated commercial pilot.

Dan is also a member of several professional organizations. He is a member of ASCAP (as a Writer and Publisher), the Society of Composers and Lyricists, AES (Audio Engineering Society) and an AFM member.


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