Day Dream: Variations on Strayhorn

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
The son of bass player Eddie de Haas, who worked with Chet Baker and Von Freeman, singer Darius de Haas has looked to other areas to make his mark as an entertainer. He's appeared on the musical stage, won an Obie award for The Running Man, and appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X. De Haas has dedicated his debut album to the works of the forever-enduring Billy Strayhorn. Possessing considerable range, including reaching to the high-falsetto expanse, de Haas treats each of Strayhorn's songs, whether it be one of the more recognizable ones or lesser-performed tunes, with respect bordering on reverence. He's also looked to others who have written variations on Strayhorn's music ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
The son of bass player Eddie de Haas, who worked with Chet Baker and Von Freeman, singer Darius de Haas has looked to other areas to make his mark as an entertainer. He's appeared on the musical stage, won an Obie award for The Running Man, and appeared in Spike Lee's Malcolm X. De Haas has dedicated his debut album to the works of the forever-enduring Billy Strayhorn. Possessing considerable range, including reaching to the high-falsetto expanse, de Haas treats each of Strayhorn's songs, whether it be one of the more recognizable ones or lesser-performed tunes, with respect bordering on reverence. He's also looked to others who have written variations on Strayhorn's music for inspiration and material. "My Flame Burns Blue" is "Blood Count" with new lyrics by Elvis Costello. De Haas is not afraid to take risks with songs written by arguably one of the best composers of all time. "Take the 'A' Train" is a wild, blustering arrangement, with the singer combining with the swaggering sax of Roy Nathanson -- -- who gets plenty of space on this CD -- -- giving Duke Ellington's signature song an R&B bent. Even the upbeat material, such as "Just a-Sittin' and a-Rockin'," gets profound with de Haas and the band giving this swinger a gospel-like veneration. That's the one shortcoming in an otherwise fine debut. One wishes that de Haas would lighten up a bit and not treat each song as if it were the 23rd Psalm put to music. He comes close on a bluesy "Your Love Has Faded" and "Take All My Loves." There just needs to be some more of this lighter stuff. But for a comprehensive, well-turned-out visit to Strayhorn by a highly skilled set of musicians, this album is recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/2002
  • Label: P.S. Classics
  • UPC: 803607020422
  • Catalog Number: 204
  • Sales rank: 217,544

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Darius de Haas Primary Artist, Vocals
Walt Weiskopf Tenor Saxophone
Martin Agee Violin
Bruce Coughlin Conductor
Stephanie Cummins Cello, Celli
Glenn Drewes Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Joyce Hammann Violin
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
J.T. Lewis Drums
Roy Nathanson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Keith O'Quinn Trombone
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
David Samuels Vibes
Marvin Sewell Guitar
Cenovia Cummins Violin
Rick Dolan Violin, Concert Master
Caryl Paisner Cello, Celli
Belinda Whitney Violin
Xin Zhao Violin
Adam Grabois Cello, Celli
Laura Oatts Violin
Deidre Rodman Piano, Musical Direction
Brian Miller Flute
Robert Bush Flute
Brad Jones Bass
Technical Credits
Eric Clapton Composer
Bruce Coughlin Orchestration
Duke Ellington Composer
Tommy Krasker Producer, Executive Producer
Tom Lazarus Engineer
Joel E. Siegel Liner Notes
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Ric Wilson Mastering
William Shakespeare Text
John Costa Art Direction
Jan Folkson Digital Editing
Darius de Haas Arranger
Bart Migal Engineer, Digital Editing
Deidre Rodman Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful new ''Variations''

    People always wonder where Ellington left off and Strayhorn began. Now there can be a new debate... where does Strayhorn leave off and De Haas begin? This CD matches up two tremendous musical talents... Strayhorn, gone but gaining more deserved visibilty each year, and Darius de Haas, a new talent who, if this CD is any indication, is heading for the stars. Flowing velvet is a good description of his voice. Favroite tracks include his variation on Satin Doll, Lush Life, and Something to Live For. And de Haas' version of Day Dream, in my opinion, is the quintesential version! I hope this remarkable CD brings a whole new generation of fans to Strayhorn!

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