Dave Bass Travels From Bach To Bop With The Trio

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Scott H. Thompson

Dave Bass Travels From Bach To Bop With The Trio


 
This Cincinnati Kid attended Berklee, studied with the legendary Madame Chaloff gleaning an exquisite touch on piano and an appreciation for the spirituality of music. He also opened for Captain Beefheart, studied composition with George Russell, and toured the world with Brenda Lee - all before hitting 26!
 
A wrist injury took him out of music and put him in the world of law where he became a Deputy Attorney General working for Kamala Harris. For Kamala’s letter to pianist/composer Dave Bass about his music, click here.

Dave says, "On my first three CD's I was lucky to have jazz greats like Phil Woods, Ted Nash, Ernie Watts and Ignacio Berroa record my instrumental compositions and stunning stylists like Mary Stallings and Karrin Allyson record my lyrics. Now, however, it's time to enter the demanding and revealing world of the piano trio. In addition to five new originals (which include my love affair with the Afro-Cuban tradition), I've chosen music associated with, or composed by, Bud Powell, Paul Bley, Andrew Hill, and Thelonious Monk. Inspired by Bud Powell's tribute, I've also composed my own tribute to perhaps the greatest musician I've encountered: J.S. Bach. 
 
I’m lucky to have found kindred spirts in Kerry Kashiwagi and Scott Gordon who not only enjoy exploring this wide variety of music with me but excel at three-way communication within that variety. We three travel from Bach to Be-Bop to Free Jazz!"
 
 
“DAVE BASS IS A VISIONARY. HIS ORIGINAL COMPOSITIONS ARE RICH AND EVOCATIVE. HE LOVES SWING AND GROOVE EQUALLY AND BRINGS PASSION TO EVERYTHING HE PLAYS.” 
- Ted Nash (Two-Time Grammy® winner)
 
“DAVE IS A SOPHISTICATED COMPOSER AND PIANIST. HIS MUSIC IS STREET MUSIC TAKEN UP TO FIFTH AVENUE. IT’S HIGH ART BUT IT STILL HAS A STREET VALUE. YOU CAN STILL FEEL THE BLOOD AND THE BODY.” 
- Phil Woods (NEA Jazz Master and Four-Time Grammy® winner)

 

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About the Author / Scott H. Thompson

About Scott Thompson Thompson served as Assistant Director of Public Relations for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York for almost a decade. With a background in broadcast journalism, Thompson’s voice and work has been heard on the Associated Press Radio Network, the Mutual Broadcasting network and NBC-AM New York, on The Morning Show. His experience spans radio, television, print and the internet. Thompson co-produced the New Haven Jazz Festival from 1994-2000. A prolific writer, Thompson has contributed to DownBeat, JazzTimes, Jazziz, and the All Music Guide. He penned the CD liner notes to Herbie Hancock Head Hunters, Weather Report 8:30, George Duke Brazilian Love, Stan Getz The New Collection, The Essence of Maynard Ferguson, and The Essence of Al DiMeola. Scott is one of the original members of the Jazz Journalists Association. Editor’s note: Style Quarterly is very pleased to make the connection with Scott and values his enthusiastic support of Jazz.

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