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Dan Siegel — Origins

Mar. 1, 2018

When you have over 20 solo albums and hundreds of other producing, arranging, composing and performing credits in your portfolio, I think it’s safe to say you have made quite a remarkable career out of music. Such is the case with veteran pianist/composer/producer Dan Siegel whose new release Origins has more than enough substance to satisfy any true jazz fan’s appetite.

With a great mix of jazz, blues, and Brazilian/Latin exoticism, Siegel takes you on a listening journey that becomes quite visual as his piano paints vibrant colors onto a far-reaching canvas of charismatic and expressive melodies.

Serving it up from the very beginning with tunes like the slick, Joe Sample-like lead track “Rite of Passage,” Siegel grabs you by your sense of style, class, and sophistication and escorts you through a land of real music – the kind that actually convinces you to appreciate every keyboard key, every rhythmic beat of the drums, every walking note of the acoustic bass.

With a track smacking of snappy jazz/blues (“When One Door Closes”), Latin jazz grooves like “After All,” “Lost and Found,” and “Under the Sun,” and the World flavor of “Arabesque,” and the heavier-edged title track, the pianist/keyboardist flaunts eclecticism in a big way.

Joining Siegel here are top-tier artists like the inimitable bassist Brian Bromberg, drummer Vinny Colaiuta guitarist Allen Hinds, and percussionist Lenny Castro. Each, along with other solid contributors, make this a most memorable production.

In keeping with my impression of Siegel as a quality artist over the years, Origins displays the suave character of the man and his diverse tastes in undeniable fashion. – Ronald Jackson