Dan Baraszu
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Dan Baraszu


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Dan Baraszu’s Night Fall is an eclectic assortment of jazz, funk and electronica. Innovation and improvisation keep this album fun and exciting, and not two tracks alike. The songs are all unique and convey a variety of emotions. Some are fast and frisky, others are slow and seductive. The titles of the songs are creative and capture the essence of the songs perfectly. There’s “Inconstant Moon,” a slow track you might hear over a candlelight dinner. “Time Machine” has a sci-fi, futuristic sound. No matter how you are feeling, there’s a song on this album to capture your mood. - CelebrityCafe.com


Dan Baraszu is a composer, guitarist, producer and singer. Dan sites diverse musical influences ranging from classical to rock. Baraszu was formally educated at Berklee College of music and has been playing and leading professionally for years. Baraszu's music is jazz-based but spiced up with electronic and funk textures and tones. Dan is a masterful player and surrounds himself with the equally apt Kenny Banks on piano, Zack Pride on bass and Kihah Boto on drums. Nightfall is an eclectic nine-track collection of mostly instrumental songs that span the spectrum from up-tempo to slow and sultry. The music flows smoothly allowing room for innovation yet notes are played with precision. 'April Fools' is exuberant with its strong fluid rhythms dancing with jazzy guitar chords as the piano cleverly prods the pace. 'Into The Blue' is zesty and zippy as the quartet expertly explores the scales during this seven-minute jam. Dan Baraszu and his band are talented and Nightfall is a versatile and vibrant jazz CD! - Kweevak.com

"Deeply Soulful"

By introducing the cyclical scalesmanship of South Philly living legend Pat Martino to the round tone of gentle master Wes Montgomery, Atlanta's Baraszu tempers post-fusion bop into something deeply soulful. Take him as a sign that contemporary jazz guitarists are learning how to savor tradition without sacrificing their prog yearnings.
- Cnet.com


Great to hear a no-frills,but plenty of thrills mainstream guitarist. Baraszu weaves in and out of licks from the masters Montgomery,Pass - but streams ahead with his own fresh brew. Chordal work is sharp and clear while the notes are struck cleanly and evenly - with heaps of tonal variety, color in attack and rich inventiveness in phrasing. Worthy of the title virtuoso.
- Download.com


Berklee grad and Atlanta resident Dan Baraszu is a chopsmeister whose punchy, percussive attack comes out of the George Benson-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.

-Bill Milkowski
- Jazz Times - April 2006 issue


Dan Baraszu - "Nightfall" (2005 Blue Canoe Records)



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 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 the "masters 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.

Dan currently resides in the Atlanta area where he leads his own groups and works as a freelance guitarist. In November 2005 he signed with Blue Canoe Records and released his debut CD as a leader entitled “Nightfall”. Featuring 9 explosive jazz originals, this recording will surely raise some eyebrows as this young gun's guitar and compositional skills are those of an old master. "Nightfall" features one of the South's most accomplished and versatile rhythm sections: Kenny Banks (piano), Zack Pride (bass), Kinah Boto (drums). Baraszu’s CD is receiving considerable traditional radio airplay on jazz stations across the country and overseas as well as internet radio and satellite, cable and subscription services.