Daniel Diaz

Born: November 22, 1963    Primary Instrument: Bass

Daniel Diaz

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist (bass, guitar, keyboards). Born in Lanus , Argentina in 1963 , Daniel Diaz began playing bass in 1980. In 1983 he started to study theory, harmony, and bass and a year later he was working as a professional, backing several singers in small clubs around Buenos Aires. During the eighties he kept studying (harmony, counterpoint, ear training, etc.) attended to several courses and clinics such as: orchestration with Carlos Franzetti, Improvisation with Gary Burton, Production and Bass with Pedro Aznar, Tango History and Language with Horacio Salgan, and Argentine folkloric rhythms with “Cuchi” Leguizamon....
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”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.

As a Leader

“The Years Alone”
Record Label Green Linnet/Xenophile4031 USA.
Year Released 1996
11 Tracks Total Time: 55:36 1>El Jardin a la Distancia 2>Sur y Norte 3>Moboro 4>Lluvias Costeras 5>Chacabas 6>Astor 7> First Tango 8> La China y el Matador 9> 23 Punks 10>Candombe p'al Beto 11>Mr Davis
Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Keyboards, Basses, Acoust. and Elect. Guitars, Percuss., Drums, Programming.) with:
Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Sopr&Alto Saxes, Quena, Sikus, Chekere. Pato LOZA : Drums. Ricky OLARTE : Congas. Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon. Rikhi HAMBRA : Tabla. Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.

"Segundo Ciclo"
Record Label Timeless Records (Netherlands) March 2002 Cat No - SJP 459
Year Released 2002
Track listing: 1. Segundo Ciclo 6:44 2. Calcarea 6:25 3. Final Jersey Side 6:51 4. Trois Vibes No.1(juillet 14) 3:07 5. 22 Orientales 6:30 6. Monterrico’s Blues 8:40 7. Final Troisi 7:01 8. Ometepe’s 7:24 9. Hipertrunca 4:07 10. Lerdo 85 5:36 11. Trois Vibes No.3 4:34 Total Time 67:37 Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Acoustic Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic and Electric Basses, Upright Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion, Drums, Programming.)
with: Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxes. Daniel MIGUEZ : Drums. Julian HOJMAN : Tenor Sax. Juan Cruz URQUIZA : Trumpet. Gabriel KIRSCHENBAUM : Acoustic Guitar. Horacio LOPEZ : Percussion. Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon. Rikhi HAMBRA : Percussion. Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.

"Maquina Dura"
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 004
Year Released 2000
Jams Covers & Leftovers SONGS: 1>Overain 2>I’m Glad There's You 3>Even Cuervos Get The Blues 4>Blues de las Notas Todas 5>Interlude N°1 6>Calle Londres 7>Amor em Paz 8>Fat's Vidala 9>You Don't Know What Love Is 10>Lerdo 93 11>Trois vIbes #2 (Atolon) Performed by Daniel Diaz: Acoustic and electric basses and guitars, keyboards, melodica, samples, drums programing, and percussion (talking drum, doumbek, djembé, berimbau, cymbals, accessories). Special guests: Julian Hojman:Tenor Sax Claudio Eidler:Drums Edgardo Fernández:Bass&Guit. Daniel Fernández:Drums Virginia Lago: Voice Miguel Yanover: Saxes Rikhi Hambra Percuss. “Fats” Fernández: Flugelhorn Gustavo Bulgach: Tenor Sax

"Lugar Comun"
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 009
Year Released 2005
Daniel DIAZ TRIO featuring Bobby RANGELL Javier ESTRELLA SONGS: 1) Zamba 4 2) Milonga Donata 3) Lluvias Costeras 4) Chacabas 5) Luiza 6) Rosa...Rosa 7) Candombe P'al Beto 8) Bebê 9) Pop (Lugar Comun) 10) Get Out Of Town 11) Calcarea 12) And I Love Her Performed by Daniel DIAZ : (Acoustic Bass Guitar, Upright Bass,) Bobby RANGELL : (Flutes, Soprano and Alto Saxophones.) Javier ESTRELLA : (Drums, Percussion.) Total Time 70:48

LOW vol 1 I>
Record Label DedeLand Records (France) Cat No - DD 011
Year Released 2007
Release date: July 20th 2007. Music for acoustic & electric basses composed by Daniel Diaz. All noises produced and recorded by D.D. at The Pleasure Dome, Paris, during 2005/2006/2007. No synths used, no drums, no percussion, no guitars, just basses. Tracks: 1> VALS POLACO 2> LA BAJA 3> ZAMBA DESILUCION 4> ABSTRACT #3 5> PASTORAL PALOMA 6> IMPROMPTU N°1 7> SANS APOSTROPHE 8> INTERLUDE #2 (Haden) 9> IMPROMPTU N°2 10>ABSTRACT #2 11>ZAMBA DEL BAJO 12> ABSTRACT #1 13> FAREWELL Total Time: 53:48 As A Side Musician
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