does excel a prolific pianist? Is it his education of many years (Dan
began piano lessons at age eight)? Is it his studies at an university?
Foremost it's his experience and universality.
Dan has never been obliged to a special style. So he can obtain his
creativity by electronic oriented material, exotic world music and
also jazz. Siegel has recorded and performed with a variety of artists
including: Glenn Frey (The Eagles), Chaka Khan, Berlin, Philip Bailey
(Earth Wind & Fire), Kenny Rankin, Hugh Masekela, Joe Sample,
Herbie Hancock, Larry Carlton, Boney James, Ernie Watts and the London
new project "Departure" Dan Siegel is performing with Brian
Bromberg (bass), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion),
Bob Sheppard (saxophones) and further special guests from the wide
scene of contemporary jazz. "The intent in making this album was
to create music based on the fundamental ensemble of the jazz piano
trio. The pure acoustic nature of the instrumentation made this
project a departure of sorts for me. Even the additional overdubs,
which include a small string ensemble, didn't detract from the organic
foundation of the basic tracks", writes Dan in the liner notes of
his album. Dan's explanation reveals the inner structure of the album
which is certainly a contrast to his previous work "Inside
With great carefulness and
sensibility Dan introduces into the first piece Across The
Sea. Bill Cantos is humming
the melody in the style of Pat Metheny. Romantic is woven by Dan's
melodica. Brian Bromberg's acoustic bass and Dan's piano are building
a fantastic suspense-filled musical rainbow.
is more purposeful and pointed like a Cha-Cha-Cha. Norman Brown
creates a short guitar solo coquetting with his great talent. But
indeed this is Dan's opportunity to roll over the ivory and ebony keys.
Bromberg's dark acoustic bass pushes the listener deep into Mosaic.
The tune is featuring Bob Sheppard's sax. The frame of the melody is
wide-meshed and one never knows when its end.
swinging vibe continues on Friends
Forever. Dan Siegel's piano
play is brilliant and sophisticated. Although melody-oriented his
interpretation is complex and profound.
stepping more into the jazz area. His re-reflexion to traditional Jazz
roots is always overlayered by his melodious past. So its a fallback
to both sides. Excellent Brian Bromberg's short bass solo.
are also mellow ballads on this album like From
Here On Out. Even this
ballade has a crescendo. A real heartbreaker.
second ballade is A World Away.
In the first part Dan plays performs the tune like a melody, then he
starts to decorate the melody still avoiding improvisations.
third slow tune is
In the middle of the tune Brian Bromberg lets his bass sing the melody
before Dan's melodica and piano take over this part again. The tune is
attenuated but always appealing.
Gray is featuring Grant
Geissman on electric guitar (in a very discreet role), while
Grandmaster Dan Siegel unwind the melody part on his piano in a
is so fugitive like Castles In The
Sand. Dan Siegel's melodies
are certainly more durable. Because of their complexity it's not so
easy to keep them in mind. They are coming and going like a pleasant
smell or a wonderful butterfly. Catch the moment of marvelous
final Alone Dan's
piano is accompanied by Bob Shepard's soul-stirring sax. A heartful
end result is a work that falls somewhere between the generic cracks
of stylistic categorization; a place that I have become quite
comfortable inhabiting," comments Dan Siegel. This project
requires the contemplative listeners if one wants to comprehend the
whole substance of this album.