Daniel Diaz is Argentinean. Listen to his debut recording 'The Years Alone' and you will hear the rhythms of the zamba and the chacarera. You will also hear how the musical heritage has been informed by the composer's absorption of the outside influences, particularly the jazz, rock, and music synthesis technology of North America. This is a new music, shaped by the irresistible influence Argentina has on her children, and by the perspective and know-how of its creator, Daniel Diaz.
'The Years Alone' has the self-assured, unassuming character of a natural merging of past and present. The 11 selections are his own compositions, based in spirit and rhythm on the folklore of his land, and feature his expressive and melodic bass playing and abilities as multi instrumentalist. D�-az's studies of jazz and classical idioms and affinity for contemporary harmony and technology are evident throughout, and put an unique stamp on his particular expression of the argentine soul.
A synthesized orchestral section may serve equally well beneath a modern bass and keyboard unison melody, or as an accompaniment to the haunting , melancholic bandoneon. Drum machine co-exists with bombo leguero (the skin-covered drum that is the heart beat of Argentinean traditional music).
Diaz is joined by a variety of South American players contributing their own musical voices on instruments both native and foreign to Argentina, including bandoneon, saxophones, quena and tabla.
The result is a music that is unmistakably infused with the argentine soul, and equally blessed with the spirit of its composer
- Dan Greenspan, Boston, 1995
...there seems to be no limits to his talents: composing, arranging, and playing bass, synths, drums, and guitar. There are some sparkling moments on his albums, some new ideas, and some glimmers of real depth. Every song has a moment of brightness... -Cliff Furnald, Roots World, New Heaven, USA.
Sensual, Sweet, Somber, sad, sensational, sexy, night, fog, rain, clouds, clear skies, ....are there any other words to describe this emotive music based on non traditional structures and forms? Let me just feel this music: something different again.
-April/May 1996 KVMR Program Guide, USA.