Release: 30th July 2020
UK-born jazz guitarist Dan Waldman’s debut album has been a long time in the making.
More than twenty years ago, aged just 18, he moved to the US, first as winner of the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship award at Berklee and then to immerse himself in the New York jazz scene.
In the subsequent years, he’s recorded and performed with a whole host of names on both continents and his first album of original music is the organic product of this transatlantic career.
Recorded during his time as a New York resident, Sources & Angles draws together Waldman’s unique combination of musical experiences and influences, applying them to the jazz quartet format.
The album features some of the leading voices on the contemporary NYC jazz scene, with whom he formed personal and musical bonds during time spent living in the city.
Dan was introduced to fellow Brit Will Vinson (sax) through mutual friend, Kiwi bass master Matt Penman, whilst drummer Kassa Overall (Geri Allen) & bassist Ryan Berg (Andy Bey) were integral to the vibrant West Village scene which Dan became a regular part of.
At a time when young musicians could rub shoulders with resident greats such as Roy Hargrove, Harold Malbern and Harry Whitaker, the late night jam sessions and hangs helped form the basis of this line up.
About Dan Waldman
UK-born guitarist Dan Waldman was a full scholarship student at Berklee USA, winning the Jimi Hendrix Scholarship award in 1995, and spent the subsequent years recording and performing in Europe and North America.
His credits include Jason Marshall (Mingus Big Band), Jeremy Clemons / Mavis “Swan” Poole & Soul Understated, Rashaan & Russell Carter, Jovol Bell, Michael Eckroth, Ryan Berg, Will Vinson, Kassa Overall, Matt Penman, Bruce Cox, Diallo House, Stacey Dillard, David Defries, Frank Williams (Brotherhood of Breath), Jean Toussaint (Jazz Messengers), Jally Kebba Susso, Pee Wee Ellis, Raheem DeVaughan, Jake Sherman, Les Cleveland, Ondrej Pivec, Malik Work / The Real Live Show NYC w/ Kim Thompson, Ray Angry, Cory Bernard, Nate Jones & Daru Jones; Neville Malcolm, Jake McMurchie, Alex Garnett, Jonny Henderson, No Go Stop, Bukky Leo and Jazz Refreshed (appearing on their live compilation ‘Prelude’ in 2012).
Dan has also worked in a number of contexts with keyboardist/producer Mark de Clive Lowe including Giles Peterson ‘Worldwide’ radio show, Sandra St. Victor, Sean Escoffery (Into the Blue 2002), Freesoul Sessions Jazz Cafe residency with Richard Spaven, Nathan Haines, Bembe Segue, Sharlene Hector Bev, Tawiah and Vanessa Freeman.
The rap documentary movie ‘Verses at Work‘, featuring Dan’s musical productions including “Grown Ass Man” and “Zombie”, won the International Spotlight Award at the 9th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival in 2016, and premiered both in New York City at the 12th Harlem International Film Festival and in Brazil in May 2017.
About Will Vinson
“Potent, big-toned alto saxophonist… exhilarating, cascading improvisations…” – Jazz Times
Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson has made his career in New York City and the world. Since his arrival in NYC, he has appeared and/or recorded with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Chris Potter, Kurt Elling, Lage Lund, Aaron Parks, and many others.
Will is a member of a number of leading ensembles, including Ari Hoenig’s Punk Bop and Nonet, Miguel Zenon’s Identities Orchestra and his own groups featuring, among others, Lage Lund, Jeff Ballard, Aaron Parks, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Shai Maestro and Mike Moreno.
Stereophile Magazine declares Will “one of the best alto saxophonists in Jazz”.
Will’s saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterized by his imposing sound and technique; influenced by saxophonists from Cannonball to Chris Potter, he nevertheless brings his own unique approach to every performance.
About Kassa Overall
“one of modern jazz music’s most audacious futurists” – Pitchfork
Kassa Overall is a jazz musician, emcee, singer, producer and drummer. One of the fastest rising stars of New York City’s legendary jazz scene and a self-described “backpack jazz” artist, he melds the praxis of avant-garde improvisation with hip-hop production techniques.
Overall has been working at the forefront of jazz for two decades, touring and recording as a sideman drummer with artists as varied as Geri Allen, Steve Coleman, Francis and the Lights, Yoko Ono, Peter Evans and Gary Bartz. His work as a producer can be heard on albums by Theo Croker (Escape Velocity), Arto Lindsay (Cuidado Madame), and Das Racist (Sit Down, Man). He’s also featured as an emcee and DJ on drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s latest project, Social Science.
Raised in Seattle, Washington, Overall attended Garfield High School, the alma mater of Quincy Jones and Jimi Hendrix. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory of Music, he is currently based in Brooklyn.
About Ryan Berg
Ryan was born in Minneapolis, MN and was playing professionally in and around the Twin Cities area from a young age.
Always striving for excellence, Ryan took the plunge and moved to New York where he attended Purchase College and graduated with honors in 2002, as winner of the prestigious Anthony Newman award.
Since moving to New York City, Ryan has been living his dream, performing with many great musicians including Lenny White, John Scofield, Ravi Coltrane, Helen Sung and George Garzone, playing at such world renowned venues as the Blue Note, Birdland and the Lincoln Center.
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