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Transparence
     

Transparence

by Chuck Deardorf
 
An excellent outing to showcase the Northwest sound in jazz, Transparence features an outstanding ensemble of players from the region. Plus, the arrangements highlight the ability of the bass, in Chuck Deardorf's hands, to fit a variety of styles, all with the laid-back yet structured approach that is at the heart of Seattle's sound. Deardorf moves between a

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An excellent outing to showcase the Northwest sound in jazz, Transparence features an outstanding ensemble of players from the region. Plus, the arrangements highlight the ability of the bass, in Chuck Deardorf's hands, to fit a variety of styles, all with the laid-back yet structured approach that is at the heart of Seattle's sound. Deardorf moves between a series of basses over the course of the album, each fitting a different sonic element. He uses a fairly standard bass for much of the proceedings, adapting it to bebop ideas or to modern jazz wanderings with equal ease. He switches to a fretless bass for a surprisingly sitar-like sound in a cover of "Dear Prudence." For a Brazilian piece, he moves to a Jaco Pastorius-like approach on an acoustic guitar-bass (essentially a massive guitar rather than a double bass), a difficult instrument to adapt to strong melodies. Surrounded by excellent players from around the Seattle scene, Deardorf manages to bring the bass to the forefront of the proceedings, but in a casual way -- it's never forced upon the listener, but he does enough interesting work with it that it catches the ear naturally. In other ensembles, Deardorf provides an excellent, stable bassline. Leading his own group, Deardorf brings an amazing touch and sensitivity to the sounds he can create, and puts that sensitivity to use in an excellent showcase of style and structure working together.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2011
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0805558258725
catalogNumber:
82587

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Deardorf   Primary Artist,Electric Bass,Fretless Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Bruce Forman   Electric Guitar
Bill Mays   Piano
Gary Hobbs   Drums
Mark Ivester   Drums
Terry Lauber   Acoustic Guitar
Jovino Santos Neto   fender rhodes
Michael Spiro   Percussion
Hans Teuber   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Cole   Tenor Saxophone
Rick Peckham   Electric Guitar
Dave Peterson   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jeff Busch   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Bruce Forman   Composer
Bill Mays   Composer
Jimmy Rowles   Composer
Alec Wilder   Composer
John Bishop   Cover Design
Chuck Deardorf   Composer,Producer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
David Lange   Engineer
Jovino Santos Neto   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Reed Ruddy   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Garey Shelton   Engineer
Jim Wilke   Liner Notes
Cliff Burwell   Composer
Ray Deardorf   Cover Photo

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