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Dennis Rea

Dennis Rea's adventurous guitar playing blends modern jazz, creative rock, experimental music, and world musical traditions into an approach that is uniquely his own, marked by haunting lyricism, enigmatic textures, agile improvisation, and the raw dynamism of rock.

Over the years Dennis has led or been a key contributor to such innovative groups as Moraine, LAND, Iron Kim Style, Stackpole, Savant, Earthstar, Identity Crisis, and Ting Bu Dong. He has performed or recorded with many prominent creative musicians, including acclaimed French composer Hector Zazou, Dutch jazz legend Han Bennink, trombone virtuoso Stuart Dempster, godfather of Chinese rock Cui Jian, and Korean master musician Young Sub Lee, as well as members of King Crimson, Hawkwind, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Santana, Ministry, and the Sun Ra Arkestra. He has performed on three continents at venues such as NEARfest, WOMAD, Beijing International Jazz Festival, Sichuan-China International TV Festival, MuzEnergo Tour of Russia, Baja Prog, Bumbershoot, Columbia Gorge Amphitheater, Northwest Folklife Festival, Orion Sound Studios, Earshot Jazz Festival, Chrome Hearts (Los Angeles), and Seattle Art Museum.

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”Dennis is a young, very talented musician who I think will develop into something quite interesting” - Stan Getz in 1979

“One of the most talented instrumentalists in the region, Rea has long distinguished himself in varied settings, creating a dynamic, lyrical, enigmatic blend of modern jazz, boundary-pushing rock, experimental music, and world music traditions. In Seattle, he has participated in some of the most impressive homegrown musical outfits, including the late 1990s juggernaut quartet Stackpole, with whom he won the 2000 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for best Northwest 'outside jazz.'” - Earshot Jazz

[LAND / EARTHSTAR]

“The first time I heard LAND guitarist Dennis Rea, he was playing the greatest phased guitar solo of all time on Earthstar's 1979 classic of Euro-electronica, French Skyline.” - The Wire (UK)

[VIEWS FROM CHICHENG PRECIPICE]

“a unique masterpiece” — Disk Union (Japan)

“Everything is exactly right about this album

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Albums

Moraine: Groundswell
Moraine: Groundswell
Moonjune Records
2014
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Jim Cutler Jazz Orchestra: Gimme Some Sugar, Baby!
Jim Cutler Jazz...
Jamco Music
2014
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Shredder Orpheus Soundtrack
Shredder Orpheus...
Light in the Attic / Traction
2014
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Tempered Steel
Tempered Steel
Nunatak
2012
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Dennis Rea / Wally Shoup / Tom Zgonc: Subduction Zone
Dennis Rea / Wally...
Nunatak
2012
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Moraine: Metamorphic Rock: Live at NEARfest
Moraine: Metamorphic...
Moonjune Records
2011
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