DAVE BASS

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Pianist, composer and lyricist, Dave Bass, is a great American success story that reads like a riveting bio-pic script. This Cincinnati native began piano lessons at age seven, and shortly after graduating high school, formed his own band who opened for Captain Beefheart. He was soon accepted into Boston’s Berklee College of Music, leaving after just a few months to study piano with the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff. Madame schooled him and other young, immensely talented jazz artists as Keith Jarrett, Steve Kuhn and Kenny Werner, who understood the importance of developing a signature sound and style. Chaloff taught in the “Russian Technique” – a unique tool for tone production and musical articulation. A typical lesson might not go beyond using a “weightless wrist” to correctly play a single note. While in Boston, he also studied composition with George Russell and Avram David, again formed his own band, worked read more...
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DAVE BASS Gone album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gone
Hard Bop 2010
DAVE BASS NYC Sessions album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
NYC Sessions
Vocal Jazz 2015
DAVE BASS No Boundaries album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Boundaries
Latin Jazz 2019
DAVE BASS The Trio Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio Vol. 1
Post Bop 2021
DAVE BASS The Trio, Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio, Vol. 2
Post Bop 2022
DAVE BASS The Trio, Vol. 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Trio, Vol. 3
Hard Bop 2023
DAVE BASS Trio Nuevo album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Trio Nuevo
Post Bop 2024

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DAVE BASS Live at the California Jazz Conservatory album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at the California Jazz Conservatory
Hard Bop 2015

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DAVE BASS Trio Nuevo

Album · 2024 · Post Bop
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After starting his recording career working with larger groups, in 2010 pianist Dave Bass decided he wanted to record in a trio format. As Dave explains it, “The spotlight is on each player, forcing you to play at the highest level. But its also the most satisfying configuration, because you can really develop a kind of telepathy with the other musicians:”. This year’s release, “Trio Nuevo”, is Dave’s fourth album in a trio format and presents his Nuevo trio, Tyler Miles on double bass and Steve Helfand on drums. The telepathic interplay that Bass talks about is on full display here. Tyler’s bass is almost on an equal footing with Dave’s piano as Tyler is apt to present melodies solo on the arco bass, or in harmony with Dave. Likewise, both bass and drums are afforded ample solo space as well as a place in the conversation when trading bars.

Along with being active in the SF bay area jazz scene, Dave also plays his share of Latin gigs and his Latin influences are very apparent on many of the tracks. Both “Sandino” and “Gone” have a tango like influence, only played in a very forceful and aggressive style. Bass’ Afro-Cuban style piano buildup is particularly appealing on “Sandino”. The up tempo “Baby Melon” sounds like classic west coast jazz with its brush work on the drums and double time feel. Likewise, Dave’s interest in contrapuntal lines on his “Three Views of Bach”, also recalls the sound of classic west coast cool. Today’s modern abstract sound are represented with “These Times” and a cover of Andrew Hill’s “Duplicity”. Dave presents an Ahmad Jamal type elegance on ballads such as, “As Time Goes By” and “One Look”.

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