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Dirk K – Selfie Nation

Dirk K, guitarist with German heritage, has a strong affinity for Latin jazz and smooth jazz. More than 16 solo albums, eight CDs with band projects and over 30 albums for other performers are a vivid testimony to his productivity. His newest project Selfie Nation (2019) is however a departure to new shores.

Dirk himself settles his new music on in the area of electronic dance music, jazz and world music and uses the adjective incongruous, ambient, peculiar. So let us prepare ourselves for the special. The length of the pieces, which are not at all adapted to the radio format, is already unusual. A rebellion?

Dirk K plays on the new album all instruments and is joined by David Inamine (bass) and Michael Joy (Wurlitzer, Rhodes and Mini Moog on Nothing Personal). Special guest is King Ibu on Selfie Nation (vocals and talking drum). Dirk has written Selfie Nation, all other songs are covers.

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Dirk K – Blue Sky

German-born and L.A. resident guitarist Dirk K has already released fourteen albums as a recording artist and eight albums in band projects, furthermore, he worked on over thirty albums of other musicians. His newest album Blue Sky (2018) is available on his website.

With the exception of one cover, Dirk has written all tracks. The album is featuring C.C. Thomas Jr., Darryl Williams, Al Turner and Hussein Jiffrey on bass, Bill Zappia on keys, Andre D’Angelo on drums and Kurt Rasmussen on percussion. The title song was already released as single in 2015 and the song Change is Gonna Come as single in 2016.

Can’t Let Go is the first strike on the new album. Dirk’s performance is elegant and stylish, very self-assured and absolutely confident in the mastery of his instrument. A miraculous Blue Sky will transfer you in a good mood. It’s exactly this positive atmosphere that Dirk brings with the song.

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Dirk K – Blue Sky

Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast.

This cite from Goethe’s Faust describes excellent Dirk K’s split love of Flamenco jazz and smooth jazz. His current work comprises fifteen CD’s as a solo artist, eight CD’s with band projects and further 30 CD’s for other artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun and many more.

His newest album is Blue Sky, which is just now only available as a download on Dirk’s website.

Dirk K – It’s On

Two souls alas! are dwelling in my breast.

This cite from Goethe’s Faust describes excellent Dirk K‘s split love of Flamenco jazz and smooth jazz. His current work comprises fourteen CD’s as a solo artist, eight CD’s with band projects and further 30 CD’s for other artists such as Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Toots Thielemans, Dave Weckl, Brandon Fields, Alan Pasqua, Marc Johnson, Terri Lyne Carrington, Gary Meek, Rick Braun and many more.

His new project It’s On is a return to the smooth jazz genre with five original compositions and five covers. Most of the instruments are played by Dirk. He is joined on several tracks by C.C. Thomas Jr. (bass), Deana Massaro-Williams (cello), Otto Ehling (Rhodes and Wurlitzer), and Dirk’s son Philip Antony on saxophone and flute.

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Dirk K – It’s On

ItsOnI am exited to announce the release of my new CD on my independent label DIP Records. On my new album, Dirk K It’s On, I chose to record 5 originals and 5 covers. To pick the covers was a great adventure. The challenge was to make arrangements, which are unique and set me apart from the original.

Some of the songs I chose were not written for Jazz at all. For example: The “Lovesong” from the Cure, or Britney Spears “Toxic”. The next step involved producing. I produce music since I am 16 years old. Producing is finding the right package. For this CD, I rediscovered and utilized the famous MPC drum machine. I found one on eBay, and I actually had to go and find floppy disks.

I surrounded myself with some great talent. Music director for Diana Ross, C.C, Thomas Jr. is playing some of the fine bass lines, Deana Massaro-Williams plays cello on Toxic. Otto Ehling did a great job of playing the Rhodes and Wurlitzer parts. This CD is also the debut of my son Philip Antony on saxophone and flute. Just being 14 years old, he did an amazing job. It’s On is available at CDBaby.