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Album Picks: Dan Berkson – Dialogues [Freestyle Records]

California-based jazz pianist and composer  Dan Berkson release his solo album Dialogues via Freestyle Records.

Dan Berkson is a California-based jazz pianist, composer, and electronic music producer originally hailing from Chicago, a long-time resident of London, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire alum. It was inevitable that Berkson (formerly of electronic dance duo Berkson & What) would make a jazz album like Dialogues: joyful, danceable, entertaining, driven by the pleasure principle, and filled with virtuosity. It represents Berkson's experiences in London, where jazz is a living, breathing, dancing scene. It's his love letter to the city, bristling with British talents such as bassist Andrea di Biase and drummer Jon Scott and recorded in his final days in the city before relocating to California.

All his groove-based influences, from blues and ragtime through funk to house can be heard, as can his love of the studio as an instrument and mixdowns that suit a club soundsystem. Detroit dons Theo Parrish and Moodymann are every bit as important to this record as Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Keith Jarrett, Ornette Coleman, Jimmy Giuffre, and Herbie Hancock. There's 50s and 60s cool modernism (the elegant ripples of Sketches), there's 70s funk fusion (Unity kicks things off with a spring in its step), and there's the pumping blues heart of Live Bait. Above all else, though, it's a personal document: a life of music and collaboration crystalised in a magical, transitional moment.(Joe Muggs)


Listen to Dan Berkson new album Dialogues:



Dan Berkson - Piano and Electric Piano
Andrea Di Biase - Acoustic Bass
Jon Scott - Drums

Magnus Pickering - Trumpet and Flugelhorn on Track 1 and 3
Alam Nathoo - Tenor Sax on Track 1
Daniel Sadownick - Percussion on Track 1





A1: Unity
A2: Momentum
A3: Maggie's Last Day
B1: Live Bait (For Dave Wickins)
B2: Remember Me
B3: Sketches
B4: The Court

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