Music Industry News Network [10-09-2007]
Low Volume 1: Music For Acoustic And Electric Basses.
DedeLand Records presents:
music for acoustic and electric basses Vol 1.
composed and performed by
daniel diaz: Basses Bajos Baixos Bassi 男低音 Bässe Bassen 低音 Baser Басы Basser μπασαβιόλα باس bas ทุ้ม בַּטְנוּן
An album of original compositions recorded by argentinean bassist/composer Daniel Diaz in Paris, France between 2005 and 2007, performed exclusivelly on seven different acoustic and electric Basses.
The CD features both Solo bass pieces and orchestrated multitrack tunes, with basses performing
bass parts AND guitar, keyboards, percussion parts et all.
"No synths used, no drums, no percussion, no guitars, just basses."
This bass extravaganza is the result of Daniel Diaz’s 25 years performing and composing as a bassist all around the world, and it’s interesting listening for any bass player.
While many bassists reocrded great solo projects in the past, most of them focused either in solo performances and virtuoso playing, or in full band performances prominently featuring bass and bass solos. Inspired by his previous “composer oriented” albums, Daniel Diaz decided here to take an arranger’s approach and just orchestate some of his songs for standard instruments, and then trying to perform those parts in basses, imitating the sound and role of other instruments in a bass, using special techniques and real time pedal FXs. This “multi-track” recordings and it’s incredibly full sounding orchestrations stand side by side with haunting solo bass perfomances of standard-written songs.
Some more experimental, improvised tracks add an avant-garde edge to other traditional, “classical&jazz meet pop” songs. D.D.’s playing focuses on dynamics, expression and phrasing more than speed and thechnique, And the huge palette of colors and sounds that’s been his trademark as a soloist all along his recording career makes of LOW volume 1 a personal and original bass frequency statement.
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For liner notes and complete track info, Please visit:
CDs and Downloads are for sale right now on www.dedeland.com/records.htm#low1
And on this extraordinary “bassist’s record store” on european-bassday.com
And at cdbaby.com, i-tunes, etc.
“No synths used, no drums, no percussion, no guitars, just basses.”
1> VALS POLACO
2> LA BAJA
3> ZAMBA DESILUCION
4> ABSTRACT #3
5> PASTORAL PALOMA
6> IMPROMPTU N°1
7> SANS APOSTROPHE
8> INTERLUDE #2 (Haden)
9> IMPROMPTU N°2
11>ZAMBA DEL BAJO
12> ABSTRACT #1
Total Time: 53:48
Composed and Produced By: Daniel "Dédé" Díaz/DedeLand Music Co.
All noises recorded by D.D. at The Pleasure Dome, Paris, between Oct 2005 and Mar 2007.
Design & photos by Sergio Pittaluga.
Schecter “62 Jazz Bass” 4 string (w/black nylon strings)
Custom made Sekine Fretless Bass 4 strings.
Riverhead “Low” 4 string Bass tuned B/E/A/D with “floppy” strings.
Steinberger 5 string bass tuned E/A/D/G/C
L’arrivée Acoustic 5 string acoustic bass guitar tuned E/A/D/G/C.
Michael Kelly Dragonfly 5 string acoustic bass guitar tuned E/A/D/G/C.
1900 Argentinean Contrabass.
Street sounds used as background noise and rhythmic loop on “La Baja”.
D.D.’s voice used to construct drum loop on “Sans Apostrophe”.
File under: jazz/experimental
PS: The upcoming LOW Vol2 will complete this collection with solo basses versions of some music by D.D.’s favourite composers, including (perhaps):
Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Cole Porter, Astor Piazzola, J.S.Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Erik Satie, Gustavo Leguizamon, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Charles Mingus, Stevie Wonder, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gram Parsons and Armando Manzanero.
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