Dan Krimm began studying music formally with classical piano and violin lessons while in elementary school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the 60s. He concentrated on violin through high school, also picking up acoustic guitar informally in junior high.
While in college at Princeton in the 70s, he got hooked by the contemporary developments in jazz, especially including Chick Corea's 'Return to Forever' group and a host of artists recording for ECM Records. In 1975, he bought his first electric bass, and began learning the instrument, the jazz form and improvisation, and composition.
At Princeton he played with hammer-style guitarist Stanley Jordan, recorded with Tony Branker, co-led his own group with pianist Gary Monheit, and played with many others, moving to New York City in 1981. ...
Awards1984: National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Fellowship
— Mike Oppenheim, Guitar International, Review of 'Last Chance Jazz' (April 11, 2014)
The seven original compositions here represent different periods in Krimm's growth from 1978 to 1981, and his accomplished playing on them is enough to make even Jaco sit up and take notice. ... This is a gifted bassist who bears watching.
— Bill Milkowski of Downbeat, Sentience liner notes (1986)
After an hour of being insanely jealous of this man's bass playing (I've been a long-time admirer of the bass guitar and its players), I can truly say that Krimm has taken that instrument to uncharted regions of the music world. Krimm takes the bass away from the shadow of the guitar and into the light where it belongs, to cast a shadow of its own. (Subtle Truth release party performance at Time Jazz, NYC)
— Conrad Landais, Meridian (Lehman College), Thursday, October 10, 1991
SentienceCBS Associated Records
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