David Hughes Group
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"...David Benoit hasn't changed the style of his piano playing. So this tune could be right off his album "Fuzzy Logic."...Millertime shows David in the role of a deserving Marcus-Miller-successor. Very convincing. A top notch bass player." - Smoothjazz.de


"Bassist David Hughes has played with the best of them...Hughes produces an extraordinary session blending smooth and modern jazz grooves resulting in one exciting album with “Foreign Shores.”
"There are no mediocre pieces of music found on “Foreign Shores.” David Hughes has crafted an engaging and compelling session of exciting smooth and modern jazz full of color and energy. This is an album that will find a place in my collection of jazz music and once heard, you’ll know why. - ejazznews


"Andy Suzuki on sax helps the song build into the featured piano serenade as the song again brings an Asian flavor to the foreground, giving way to another great bass solo. "
"David Hughes has really soared with this CD and shown not only his musical ability in playing, but his incredible writing, arranging and producing talent. Foreign Shores will take you on a journey that you are certain to enjoy." - smoothviews


"David Hughes is an exciting young bass player that is capable of playing any musical style from funky jazz to symphonic classical. And, in addition to being a perfect sideman, he is also an accomplished leader and soloist. It is a pleasure to have him as a member of my band." - Smoothviews.com


"...Hughes delivers funk-laden grooves, guitar-like chordal voicings, and many horn-influenced solos. Although Hughes' virtuostic ability as a bass player is completely apparent throughout this recording, it never obscures the emotionally evocative experience he is attempting to convey to the listener."

"Hughes proves that he is a premier bassist who definitely deserves wider acknowledgment." - International Institute of Bassists


"...jazz fusion has seldom ever been more expressive, more engaging and personable...David Hughes' album is one to be excited about." - CDbaby.com


"...Hughes has a very beautiful tone and is a skilful soloist both technically and melodically, in other words, his playing reveals great competence." - Folkbladet.se


"...David Benoit hasn't changed the style of his piano playing. So this tune could be right off his album "Fuzzy Logic."...Millertime shows David in the role of a deserving Marcus-Miller-successor. Very convincing. A top notch bass player." - Smoothjazz.de


Discography

CD Swoosh - 2003
CD Foreign Shores - 2007

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Bio

David Hughes was born and raised in Sweden but is now based in Los Angeles, California. After studies at the Royal College of Music in Stockolm, Hughes left for LA in 1994 for a stint at the Bass Institute of Technology, BIT. After receiving the BIT Outstanding Student Award, Hughes soon joined the teaching staff and began to explore life as a studio and live musician.

David received his first important break when Wayne Henderson of the legendary Jazz Crusaders asked him to join the band. Other credits include Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge, Burt Bacharach and Connie Stevens and Ray Manzarek (the Doors). He has played on countless sessions for TV and radio and for films such as Firehouse Dog and Old School, in which he also appeared.

A composer since he was old enough to reach the piano keys, the release of Hughes debut CD Swoosh united his greatest passions - composing and performing. With the release of Foreign Shores he is reaching for a new musical level, with more complex compositions and live, interactive performances.

Hughes is married to Shirley To, who plays bass, keyboard and percussion in his band. His family lives in Sweden.

Currently Hughes fills his schedule touring and recording with David Benoit, the Jazz Crusaders and Keiko Matsui, and with recording sessions and local performances spanning jazz to rock and classical music. When he has time off, he likes to compose and ride his bike or ski in the SoCal mountains.