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Dan Siegel – Origins

According to his official biography keyboardist Dan Siegel has already released twenty solo albums. With Origins he has just launched his newest project. Anew a collaboration with bassist Brian Bromberg.

Beside Dan and Brian are performing Allen Hinds (electric guitar), Ramon Stagnaro (acoustic guitar), Craig Fundyga (vibraphone), Rogerio Jardim (voice), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums) and Lenny Castro (percussion). All compositions and arrangements are by Dan.

The term Rite of Passage envelops the visitor in an aura of the mysterious and mystical. Siegel, however relies on the familiar environment, proven chords and harmonies. There is nothing wrong with that, because he perfected them. Alexander Graham Bell made the famous announcement “When one door closes another opens”. When One Door Closes musically distributes the optimism that underlies this statement.

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Dan Siegel – Indigo

Indigo is the color of blue jeans. As intense as this color is the expressive music of the gifted pianist Dan Siegel. With his 20th album, he has introduced much of his rich musical experience.

As with his earlier works Siegel has again collaborated with bassist Brian Bromberg, who co-produced the album and also brought in his bass. Further participating musicians are Bob Sheppard (sax), Allen Hinds (guitars), Will Kennedy (drums), Craig Fundyga (vibraphone) and Lenny Castro (percussion). Additional musicians shared the recordings on single tracks.

The title of the first track To Be Continued signals the continuity to his earlier albums. With Alan Kaplan (Euphonium), Stan Martin (flugelhorn) and Stephanie O’Keefe (horn) Siegel provides an orchestral background, which reminds atmospherically of the music of Pat Metheny.

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Dan Siegel – Indigo

indigoHaving recorded a catalogue of Top 10 albums in a vivid spectrum of jazz hues with topflight musicians for 35 years, Dan Siegel only emerges when he has something engaging to say with his poetic piano and crafty keyboards. Back with his first new statement in five years, Siegel’s DSM record label will release Indigo on October 14, a set comprised of ten new compositions that he wrote, arranged and shared production chores with Grammy-nominated bassist Brian Bromberg.

On his 20th album, Siegel creates right up the spine of the jazz dichotomy allowing the melodies, improvisational soloing and grooves to unfold and flourish unencumbered by restrictive genre borders and polarizing labels. His cerebral compositions traverse the expansive jazz terrain, but do so with heart rendering them instantly accessible. The keyboardist has a gift for writing inviting, emotionally-evocative material that connects soulfully.

“My tendency is it to overwrite, which can make it challenging for the listener. I believe the emotional allure of the music on this album (“Indigo”) transcends its compositional complexity,” said the Irvine, California-based artist who was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Eugene, Oregon. Continue reading

Various Artists – Jazz Responds: An All-Star Compilation To Benefit Victims Of Human Trafficking

It is estimated that there are 27 million slaves in the world today, which is more than at any other time in history. This shocking statistic is even more compelling when you consider that approximately 1 million of these slaves are children. Many of these children, some as young as five years old, are forced to work as prostitutes in brothels to fuel the Global Sex Trade. Shockingly, this is not an issue relegated to Third World countries – it happens on nearly every continent, including right here in the United States.

So, what can we do about it?

The solution is complex because laws in every country need to be considered, the safety and anonymity of the victims must be considered, and the fact that human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry means there are enemies to those who would try and stop it.

However, there are solutions and you can take part in them. For example, making sure the products you buy are “Slave-Free” helps to curb the demand for slave labor. Being vigilant and knowing what signs to look for when you see young children or foreign workers in seemingly unfamiliar situations is important. Helping to fund groups that are working to rescue and restore victims and punish the perpetrators is crucial to eradicating the issue.

At FACT Alliance, our primary mission is the building of aftercare homes for both international and domestic victims. Studies have shown that, without proper aftercare, rescued victims often end up back in their slave life. There are known victims who could be rescued at this very moment, but they aren’t because there are not enough aftercare facilities to house and care for them. It is our hope to help raise money and partner with other existing organizations to fulfill this great need. By building new homes and supporting existing ones, we can begin to see more victims rescued and restored.

To learn more about the issue and how you can get involved (or to donate more!), please visit us at www.letsrespond.com.

All profits will go towards the rescue and restoration of victims of human trafficking and the child sex trade.
1. RICHARD SMITH – “D’BLUZE”
2. DAN SIEGEL – “SOMETIME TOMORROW”
3. MINDI ABAIR – “GIRLS NIGHT OUT”
4. BRIAN BROMBERG – “ISN’T IT BEAUTIFUL”
5. TONY GUERRERO – “GABRIELLA”
6. GRANT GEISSMAN – “SAY THAT!” (FACT Version)
7. GREG ADAMS – “FIVE TO ELEVEN”
8. PETER WHITE – “BOULEVARD”
9. BILL CANTOS – “LOVE WINS”
10. BLAKE AARON – “BUMPIN’ ON THE WEST SIDE”
11. GREG VAIL – “GOT IT GOIN’”
12. DAVID PACK– “UNTIL THE TIME” (Exclusive Track)

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Dan Siegel – Sphere

Dan Siegel defines himself as musician with no limits. Although some of his albums like Inside Out (2004) and Departure (2006) can be classified as smooth jazz, Dan is not the typical smooth jazz artist. This is easily to explain with his rich musical history which he recently portrayed in his album Fables (2008).

But Dan Siegel doesn’t stay in the past and so he does what he loves to do, creating and performing new musical ideas. Since 1983 he lives and works in L.A. and so it’s only natural that he collected for his new album Sphere top-notch musicians of the L.A. scene like Allen Hinds (guitar), Brian Bromberg (acoustic bass), Joel Taylor (drums) and Lenny Castro (percussion). Guest musicians on his albums are Larry Carlton (guitar), Bob Sheppard (sax), Alex Al (bass), Darrell Crooks (guitar), Gary Meek (sax) and Tom Scott (sax).

Dan and Brian Bromberg produced the album in the B2 studios in North Hollywood. Like on his previous album Departure Dan Siegel intends to create music based on the fundamental ensemble of the jazz piano trio and with an organic acoustical structure. That’s the reason for his renewed collaboration with Brian Bromberg. But Dan also intensifies groove and energy on his new album. All compositions are written by Dan Siegel except the first tune which he co-wrote with Brian Bromberg.

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