Detroit born Guitarist/Composer Dan Baraszu has been playing guitar for over 25 years. Early in his career, he explored many different styles of music. However, when he first heard the genius of Jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery, Dan devoted himself to becoming a die-hard Jazz artist. His major influences include guitarists Joe Pass ,Pat Martino, Pat Metheny and John Scofield as well as other instrumentalists like Bill Evans ,Horace Silver ,John Coltrane ,Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker .
In addition to listening and transcribing the works of themasters of the Jazz idiom, Dan has been formally educated in music as well. He received his Bachelors degree from the renowned Berklee College of Music, where he majored in Jazz Composition and Arranging . In addition, Dan also received his Masters degree from the University of Miami with a major in Jazz Pedagogy .
Jazz Times - April 2006 issue
Berklee grad and Atlanta resident Dan Baraszu is a
chopsmeister whose punchy, percussive attack comes out of
the George B enson-Pat Martino school of single-note burn.
He and his cohorts--pianist Kenny Banks, bassist Zack Pride
and drummer Kinah Boto--break out of the gate charging hard
on the frantic Latin-flavored opener April Fools, as Baraszu
quickly establishes his take-no-prisoners approach to soloing.
His adeptness at chordal melodies and octaves on the
relaxed swinger Inconstant Moon shows an obvious Wes
Montgomery influence, while his crisp, rhythmically assured
playing on Into the Blue is another tip of the hat to the early-
'60s Benson-Martino bag.
Baraszu stakes out his most original territory on the spacious
and moody title track, played on nylon string acoustic guitar,
on the lively calypso Smudge and also on his scorching
closer Neutron Star, which was inspired by Stevie Wonder's
Too High....Baraszu distinguishes himself as a new guitar
talent worth watching on this fine debut.
Great to hear a no-frills,but plenty of thrills mainstream