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The best kept secret in music


This album is perfect with a glass of wine and a few aromatic candles. This album has so much passion behind it. I keep "India" in my private collection for relaxtion, bubble baths and romance.

My favorites are - Soul of an Angel, Smooth Sailing, and Midnight Romance. However, each week my favorites change. If you buy it, you won't be disappointed.

- Amazon, Customer Review - Dallas, TX

Listening to Dawoud Said's "India" is like taking in fragrance-enhanced fresh air. Soooo sweeeet. So mesmerizing.

New to the recording scene, this young keyboard stylist performs like a pro with many years of solid experience. He exhibits superb mastery of the keyboard by way of intricate note arrangement and bold styling. Each composition of this newly-minted original work in thoughtfully presented through a mix of musical instruments and vocals.

From the first take to the last number, the notes flow fluidly like a running stream, like cool breeze.

This young master, with background in formal Jazz studies, demonstrates tremendous musical talent and original performing form. A master of the keyboard and a budding composer, the artist composed all but one of the 14 tracks on this debut CD, vocals being the exception.

Music aficionados of all ages and gender, particularly lovers of Smooth Jazz, will find musical satisfaction in all the artist has offered in the CD "India".

A. Nurein
Washington, DC

- Amazon - Reviewer, A. Nurein, Washington, DC

Produced by: Dawoud Said for D-Arrival Productions

INDIA will be labeled as "smooth" or "contemporary" jazz by critics and most audiences.......and for commercial radio purposes that would be accurate. In fact if that is your kind of music then INDIA is your new must have. But.....listen up multi-genre jazz lovers. There is innovation, mood change, swings. slammin off melody solos, and more here. There is a "straight ahead cat" trying to come out in INDIA. In virtually every piece you will hear his versatility and the hint of stretching out. Just at the moment we think the journey is smoothing out he Funks Us! One of my favorite cuts, Changes, needs no title. It says, "ok, so you think this is a safe trip............. caution! curves ahead!". Although this technique is Dawoud's creative expression it has been utilized successfully by another great keyboardist, George Duke. Great minds sometimes do think alike.

Beautiful Night,

my favorite cut on INDIA could have been aptly titled "Universal Ubiquity"....cause this one grabs everyone everywhere; and it is the cut that will drive the CD to success when placed in the right hands.Ê INDIA is one of those CDs that gets better and better the more you listen to it, and it takes awhile to listen to to the whole thing with 14 cuts. Talk about VALUE!

If you live in or plan to visit the Baltimore-D.C. area you can catch Dawoud live with Tracey Curbeam every Sunday at SISTA'S in Randallstown, MD. If you would like to acquire INDIA contact us at jazzchaser@comcast.net.

Peace! The Jazz Chaser
- Jazzchaser.com


Dawoud Said - "India"
D-Arrival Records Producer/Performer
M2M - "Shades of Purple"
Atlantic Records - Performed

Grainger - "Phase II"
GBM Records Performed

John Butler - "Simply John"
Milestone Records - Produced/Performed

MSP - "Half Past Autumn"
Rock-a-Bye Records - Co-Produced/Performed

Suttle Thoughts 'Caribbean Love"
ST Records - Performed

Suttle Thoughts "Suttle Thoughts"
ST Records - Performed


Feeling a bit camera shy


Dawoud is a world class pianist/keyboardist with both the “Tools” and the “Talent”.

He plays impeccable grooves that audiences demanding a good musical foundation could appreciate. His alluring style gradually captivates, while his voicing and technique open your mind to all the subtle colors and emotion music has to offer. His diverse background has allowed him to have the flexibility to not only play, but also compose in many different and varied styles of music.

Dawoud was born in Baltimore, Maryland. About age four, his journalist father moved the family to the Washington, DC, area, where Dawoud and a younger brother were raised. His father and brother, as well as his interior-designer American mother live in Washington, DC. Born in America, Dawoud's multi-cultural African roots, through his father, stretch from Kenya to Ethiopia and Somalia. He has visited the Continent in his teens.

He has been playing the piano since the age of seven, and has played professionally since the age of fifteen. He was formally trained in Classical and Jazz Piano. His training began with private instruction in Classical Piano. He attended High School at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he received further Classical instruction. For several summers in his youth, Dawoud performed with the locally-acclaimed "Lettumplay" youth jazz ensemble of Washington, D.C. His Jazz Piano training was furthered as a Jazz Studies Major/Piano Minor at Howard University, where he was trained by some of the country’s most respected pianists in both the Jazz and Classical styles for over four years.

Dawoud’s influences are a derivative of many of today's great jazz artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo and Joe Sample.

Dawoud has played with groups such as Najee, John Scofield, Kenny Lattimore, Marion Meadows, Joe McBride, MeShell Indegeocello, The Graingers, Stacey Lattisaw, Marcus Johnson, MSP, Spur of the Moment and a host of others.