"On Swan Song, producer and composer Daniel Diaz plays
acoustic and electric basses, guitars and pianos, vibes, hang, harmonium,
percussion, accordina, charango, ukulele, and synths, along with 15 guest
musicians from four continents, to depict a world uniquely his own. It is a
culmination of his many talents, showcasing his meticulous attention to
detail in every respect.
Though this album is the capstone of a trilogy, preceded by The Years Alone
(1995, Green Linnet/Xenophile) and Segundo Ciclo (2002, Timeless Records),
it lives by its own manifesto. It's a peaceful one, whose tenets are best
expressed in the five “bonus” tracks that end the album, and which reveal
equally personal facets of an artist who speaks of his love for travel
through tunes like “Palermo” and “New York Polonaise,” taking listeners
through a veritable flipbook of his experience with a humility that can only
come from a worldly soul.
Grillo, Rootsworld september 2016
"Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer, Daniel Diaz,
releases a new album, Swan Song, which is an instrumental gem that includes
sixteen tracks and a total running length of nearly seventy-eight minutes
long. The Argentinean-native brings together South American nuances, jazz
melodies, new age arrangements, and laid-back, cinematic compositions for a
truly world music recording...
...Swan Song, may be a cliché, but that is where the fun begins. Throughout
the sixteen tracks, Daniel brings out rousing rhythms, evocative melodies, a
slew of instruments and guests, and a frolic through jazz, neo-classical,
roots, new age, and avant-garde music. The result is a fusion of sorts that
mainly experiments with the instrumental side of things with a few radio
voices added in one track. Listeners should expect an album of surprises,
as this is not a traditional album, vocal album, or rock album. It is an
almost indescribable melding of South American and Mayan elements for
- Matthew Forss, November 2015
Rating: 5 stars (out of 5)
"Daniel Díaz 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 Díaz.
'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. Díaz'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
"Au décours d’une carrière discographique de plus de vingt
cinq ans, Daniel DIAZ nous propose « SWAN SONG » (DeDeLand Music), le
troisième volet d’une trilogie entamée en 1995. La parution est annoncée
pour le 05 février 2016. Il a compilé des compositions écrites sur une
longue période, dans des lieux différents et des styles variés.
Le titre annonce clairement qu’il s’agit du dernier opus physique de
l’artiste qui fait le choix dorénavant de se consacrer uniquement à la
musique à l’image, à la musique de film, à des sorties numériques de ses
compositions et à ses performances de soliste.
Ce compositeur, arrangeur vit en France. Il s’est promené dans tous les
styles. Du tango à la fusion world-jazz il a joué avec les plus grands de
toutes les disciplines. Dans cet album la technicité est au service de la
beauté et de la simplicité. Les mélodies sensibles et les rythmiques
multiples évoquent des paysages, des images. et voilà bien ce que l’artiste
- Blog Latins de Jazz. Nicole & Bernard VIDEMANN - Jan 2016
"..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.
performance and composition on the album are undeniably impressive. Using
seven different basses (upright, acoustics, and electrics), Diaz achieves
many different sounds and tones from his instruments. Perhaps the most
impressive performances are the unaccompanied solo bass tracks like "Zamba
Desilucion" and "Farewell." Diaz’s bow work on "Abstract #2" is rhythmically
driving, very exciting, and seems to draw on the glissando playing used so
lovingly by composers such as Piazzolla. Low’s compositions lean on the
contemporary and modern “classical” side. Many of the pieces are
consistently thematic, which allows the listener to experience the
compositions, rather than feeling like they are just sitting through a bass
tour de force (although it is in fact a bass tour de force!). The entire
album is strongly melodic and contrapuntal, and with the (enjoyable)
exceptions of the improvised and abstract pieces, the compositions are very
Silas Durocher, Saturday, May 03, 2008
"Sensual, Sweet, Somber, sad,
sensational, sexy, night, fog, rain, clouds, clear skies, brillant
stars, moon glow....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
-April/May 1996 KVMR Program Guide, USA.
"Inspirándose en los ritmos de su
natal argentina, Díaz compone sus propios temas
a los cuales les agrega una fuerte dosis de estructuras musicales tomadas
del jazz, rock y música clásica. Son de destacar sus temas Moboro, La China
y El Matador y Lluvias Costeras."
-La Prensa de LOS ÁNGELES, Julio 1996
Für Liebhaber der träumerischen
jazzvariante empfiehlt sich die CD des argentiniers Daniel Diaz…Sie bilden
keinen Zusatz im Ensemble, sondern vervollkommnen und bereichern -auch in
der Abminschung- den Gesamtklang. Eine interesante Ergansung inder CD-Samlung!
Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany
Les 2 Amériques parisiennes
réunies autour d'un répertoire du cône sud, avec 3 gaillards de bonne
stature : Daniel Diaz, bassiste et compositeur, vient d'Argentine, tout
comme Javier Estrella, percu tous terrains. Bobby Rangell, lui, vient de
l'autre Amérique, celle du nord, son sax et sa flûte sont familiers à toute
la galaxie latino-parisienne. Ensemble, ils esquissent les contours d'un
univers où tango argentin, candombé uruguayen et autres genres d'Amérique
latine font bon ménage avec un jazz qu'ils pimentent à souhait.
chemin de traverse.
NOVA magazine, Paris France
|Multi-talented tour de force Rating:
A brilliant 'sleeper'; hypnotic.
I don't usually go for these 1-bloke-plays-everything dazzlers but
Diaz has mastery of all his instruments - guitar, basses (fretless and
harmonic), drums, keyboards, melodica - the lot.
Eleven superbly crafted tracks that will inspire other
instrumentalists and wow those in need of a satisfying listen.
Superb production values (Mr Diaz again, yet another talented string
to his polymath bow) and a worthy tribute to DD's dedicatees, among them
Miles and Piazzolla.
Cop a listen, and have credit card details ready to order. We need
more like this.
Reviewer: Chris Holmes "busker" (Bainbridge Island, WA USA)