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Chris Minh Doky

CHRIS MINH DOKY

Chris Minh Doky stands out as one of the most talented bass players in contemporary music. The New York-based artist is regarded among the masters of the upright bass widely recognized for his passionate delivery and extraordinary technical gifts. As expressed by Down Beat Magazine: ”...there is a softness and crisp clarity that is very different from the sound others derive from the acoustic instrument”, Doky carries on the distinct Danish bass tradition of the acoustic bass being a lead instrument. With musical roots deriving from his love of American East Coast grooves and the lyric tradition of Scandinavia, Doky has developed a distinctive sound as well as created a style that is uniquely his own.

Doky’s rare ability to perform with equal creativity and dynamism as both a solo artist and as a sideman has put him on the list of Top Ten Bassists in Reader’s Polls and earned him Artist of the Year awards as well as platinum- awarded sales. Parallel to leading his own band, Doky continues to play with some of the most significant jazz artists of today. Being an integral part of the Michael Brecker Quartet since 2001, he is also currently playing and touring with the Mike Stern Band.

Over the years, Doky has released seven solo albums, including the highly praised Cinematique and the most recent electronica-jazz album The Nomad Diaries. Besides co-leading two recordings with his brother he is also appearing on countless recordings as a sideman. And with his great musical sense, Doky is increasingly in demand for soundtracks and as a producer for both jazz and pop artists.

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QUOTES

“...there is a softness and crisp clarity that is very different from the sound others derive from the acoustic instrument.” Down Beat (US)

“Excellent playing!” Billboard Magazine (US)

“He emerges from the background of the piano solos to seize the lead with a bear like hug that is briefly overwhelming before it subsides behind the piano, still trailing vestiges of its rugged power” The New York Times (US)

“Chris Minh Doky is the frontline of the new horizon in the world of Acoustic Bass” FMFAN (Japan)

“A powerful bassist...superb technique.” Jazz Times (US)

“...few bassists combine softness and supple strength so distinctively, or mix dense, swirling runs and the simplicity of an underlying theme in such a shapely and unforced manner” The Guardian (UK)

“..but especially notable is Chris' lyrical bass and the work of John Scofield” Winnipeg Sun (US)

“Chris Minh Dokys playing was a young master's class in opposite counter- melodic improvisation” The Guardian (UK)

“Excellent” The Evening Standard (UK)

“the only other bassist that in regards to his relationship with his instrument, comes close to that of Niels Henning Orsted Petersens” Politiken (Denmark).

“..world-class bassist...” The Guardian (UK)

“A virtuoso “ Le Monde (France)

**** (4 stars out of 5)” The Guardian (UK)

“Minh Doky delivered the first of a dazzling succession of unaccompanied solos...” The Guardian (UK)

“...a mix of virtuosity, funky directness and enthusiasm” The Guardian (UK)

“..singing tone and perfect technique.” The Guardian (UK)

“...a commanding presence...” The New York Times (US)

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Primary Instrument

Bass

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Discography

 

Scenes From A Dream

Unknown label
2010

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A Jazz Life

Unknown label
2008

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The Nomad Diaries

Unknown label
2006

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Minh

Unknown label
1998

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