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Swan Song

Swan Song

Swan Song is the final statement (and final physical release) by Daniel Diaz after The Years Alone and Seguundo Cilco,in the same wolrd-jazz style.

Produced by Daniel Diaz

Recorded between 2009 and 2014 in Buenos Aires, Lanus and Villa Gesell (Argentina), Paris and Montreuil (France), Los Angeles (USA). Mixed and mastered 2015 in Paris.

Performed by

Daniel Diaz: acoustic and electric Basss, acoustic and electric guitars, requinto, upright bass, acoustic and electric piano, keyboards, vibes, hang, harmonium, percussion, accordina, charango, ukulele, programming.

Featuring :

Steve Arguelles (UK) Drums
Gustavo Bulgach (USA/Arg) Clarinet
Patrick Bebey (Cameroun) Fender  Rhodes
Javier Estrella (Argentina) Drums
Leandro Guffanti (Argentina) Soprano Sax
Damian Jarry (France) Cello
Line Kruse (Danemark) Violin
David Lewis (Australia) Flugel Horn
Olivier Manoury (France) Bandoneon
Daniel Miguez (Argentina) Drums
Norberto Pedreira (Arg/Fr) Guitar
Bobby Rangell (USA) Alto Sax, flutes
Luis Rigu (Arg/Fr) : Flutes
Inor Sotolongo (Cuba) Congas
Miguel Yanover (Argentina) Tenor Sax

Cover design by Sergio Pittaluga

Photo by Juan Hitters

ORDER Worldwide:
Bandcamp/Swan Song

CD & Download

Listen: Spotify

Swan Song (cover art) album by Daniel Diaz
swan song photo [c]juan hitters

Swan Song track list

  1. Otoño y Martes (love theme n°1)
  2. Os Historicos
  3. Romántica Cromática
  4. Antefinal                                    
  5. Ganimedes
  6. Erik Satie’s Farewell                   
  7. Alexis Luminoso                          
  8. Tristesse Collateral                     
  9. Same Old Song                          
  10. Harold’s Lake                 
  11. Resumé (Swan Song)

total time 47:26

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Palermo
  2. Neo Zamba (Fin de Siècle)        
  3. New York Polonaise                   
  4. Gandolfini Etc.
  5. Vignette L.A.                      

total time 29:23

Composed by Daniel Diaz.

Total full album time:  77:16

Liner notes:

This album is called Swan Song. Here you will find the last chapter in the research I started with my very first album in 1993. In terms of style, Swan Song can be considered as the third and last part of a trilogy (started with The Years Alone and Segundo Ciclo in between) of solo “composer” albums where I can also show my skills as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger, and gather compositions written in different places and times, with varied styles and instrumentations.

Like the two aforementioned discs, I asked for help from some friends that I like (people with whom I played and shared stages and recording studios over the years, and a couple of new partners). These great musicians gave life to these songs and added musicality and talent to Swan Song. They managed to interpret the meaning I intend of all this: simplicity and beauty prevail over technique.
Here you’ll find simple and catchy instrumental compositions with strong, sensitive melodies, passionate and sophisticated harmonies and atmospheres, rather gentle rhythms and a variety of instruments and sounds.
In Swan Song there are tracks with odd and irregular metric, unexplained modulations, dozens of time-signature changes, erroneous dissonances, tempo shifts, etc. But hopefully it all goes unnoticed (only visible to the musicians who read the sheet music and to those who try to transcribe this music).

So it is ok if this long record seem banal and simple to some listeners. But may the sensitivity it hides reach the hearts of some. It was made with all my soul and heart, I swear 

DD November 2014

Swan Song by my friend, the late great Sergio Pittaluga (Uruguay)
Swan Song by Sergio Pittaluga

Themes

Themes by DD:

Track list:

1> Melancolia 3:35
piano, up.bass, classical guitar.
feat: Aude Brasseur: cellos

2> Nostalgia 3:14
piano, melodica, classical guitar, delays

3> The Immigrants 3:53
Electric Guitar, up.bass, delays.
feat: Dave Lewis: Flugelhorn

4> The Immigrants (Alt.Vers.) 3:29
piano, up.bass, drums.
feat: Dave Lewis: Flugelhorn

5> Vignette Vininha 2:06
classical guitar, tape delays and filters

6> 4 Bagatelles N°4 3:00
piano, up.bass, treatments.
feat: Damien Jarry: cello

7> Love Theme N°3 2:11
piano, up.bass, accordina, strings, oboe, clarintet.

8> Love Theme N°2 3:34
piano, classical guitar, melodica, , treatments.

9> Virgilio & The Duke 2:34
piano.

10> Bagatelle N° 1.1 2:03
Daniel Diaz: rhodes, up.bass, electronica
featuring David Lewis: flugel horn,

11> Bagatelle N° 1.3 0:56
featuring David Lewis
2 Muted Trumpets, Trombone, French Horn, 2 Flutes, Solo Trumpet

12> Ansioso 1:25
acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, melodica, electric guitar, upright bass, xylophone.

13> Le Temps Perdu 2:26
upright piano, melodica, upright bass, steel string requinto..

14> Dive At Dawn 3:21
Fender Rhodes, Acoustic Bass Guitar, Accordina, Talking Drum, Percussion.

15> El Manzanero 3:12
Inor Sotolongo (Cuba): perussion.
Line Kruse (Danemark): violin.
Pajaro Canzani (Uruguay): Tiple
Daniel Diaz (Argentina): piano, upright bass.

16> El Pasional 3:17
Inor Sotolongo (Cuba): perussion.
Line Kruse (Danemark): violin.
Pajaro Canzani (Uruguay): guitar
Daniel Diaz (Argentina): piano, upright bass.

17> Bagatelle Numero 5.1 2:16
Daniel Diaz: Upright Bass, delays & filters.
Dave Lewis: Flugel Horn.

18> Bagatelle Numero 5.2 2:34
Daniel Diaz: Upright Bass, Piano, delays & filters.
Dave Lewis: Muted trumpet.

19> Bagatelle Numero 5.3 2:44
Daniel Diaz: Bowed upright bass, treated fender rhodes, electronica, delays & filters.
Dave Lewis: Trumpet.

20> Song For Lisa 3:34
acoustic bass.guitar, 12 string acoustic guitar, accordina, percussion.

Themes, album by Daniel Diaz
Themes by DD

Liner notes:

Themes is an album that compiles some music I composed and recorded for different audio-visual projects (theatre, music libraries, documentaries, TV).  20 tracks have been released in 2013.

These compositions are instrumental songs, like old-style themes, with chord changes and melodies.
Some are commissions, some others are compositions I was keeping for an eventual solo record (that I’ve just started recording, more here), but instead of reworking them I decided to recoup all these tracks in this new collection because I really like the actual themes as they are. No focus on development or performance here (solos, introductions, codas, improvisation) like I used to do in my albums, I decided to keep the bare song, in many cases just the melody exposition.

Just plain themes.

Thanks, love

DD, Paris, 2013.

Total Time 52:00

Composed, Arranged and Produced by DD

Recorded in many places, during 2010-11-12


Available HiRes Download:
Bandcamp/Themes

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More DD albums here

Maquina Blanda

Maquina Blanda

Songs from the past, 1995-2010. Unused masters, jams, covers.

Track List :

01> KARMA 3 (Daniel Diaz) 6:05
Manuel Miranda: Flute.
Daniel Diaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar.
Rikhi Hambra : Tabla, Percussion.

02> DOS AÑOS (Daniel Díaz) 6:00
Manuel Miranda: Flute.
Daniel Diaz: Fretless Bass.
Gabriel Kirschenbaum: Acoustic Guitar.
Daniel Miguez: Drums.
Santiago Vazquez Tabla.

03> PATAGONIA 1 (Daniel Díaz) 2:24
Manuel Miranda: Quenacho.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Percussion.

04> PATAGONIA 2 (Daniel Díaz) 2:36
Manuel Miranda: Quenacho.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Percussion.

05> ANGEL (Jimi Hendrix) 7:56
Daniel Miguez: Drums.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Percussion.
Gabriel Kirschenbaum: Acoustic Guitar.
Julian Hojman: Tenor Sax.

06> VIEJO PALERMO VIEJO (Daniel Díaz) 3:19
Manuel Miranda: Flute.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Percussion.

07>DOS OCEANOS (Daniel Díaz) 6:42
Daniel Díaz: Solo Acoustic Bass Guitar. Field recording: the sea @ Villa Gesell circa 1995.
07> Part 1: Gaviotas 3:22
08> Part 2 : Océanos 3:20

08> WINTER CODA (ZAMBITA) (Daniel Díaz) 7:28
Bobby Rangell: Alto Sax.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar.
Nico Arnicho: Percussion.

09> UMBRAL ( Luis Alberto Spinetta) 6:28
Manuel Miranda: Flutes.
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion

10> TOO LATE CANDOMBE (Daniel Díaz) 5:21
Daniel Díaz: Fretless Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Rhodes.
Bobby Rangell: Flute.
Javier Estrella : Drums.

11> SAMBA DE ORLY (Chico Buarque & Toquinho) 5:21
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar.
Gabriel Kirschenbaum: Acoustic Guitar.
Facundo Guevara : Percussion.

12> EXPRESO NOVA (Daniel Díaz) 3:14
Daniel Díaz: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Percussion
Osvaldo Burucua: Acoustic Guitar.
Rikhi Hambra : Tabla.
Manuel Miranda: Quena.

Maquina Blanda CD

Performed by:

Daniel Diaz:
Acoustic Bass Guitar, Fretless Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Rhodes.

With:

Manuel Miranda: Flute, Quena.
Rik Hambra: Tabla, Percussion.
Gabriel Kirschenbaum: Acoustic Guitar.
Daniel Miguez: Drums.
Facundo Guevara: Percussion.
Osvaldo Burucua: Acoustic Guitar.
Santiago Vazquez: Tabla.
Julian Hojman: Tenor Sax.
Bobby Rangell: Flute, Alto Sax.
Javier Estrella: Drums.
Nico Arnicho: Percussion.

Produced and Arranged by Daniel Díaz
(C)&(P) 2012 DedeLand Music Co, BMI

Recorded in:

Buenos Aires, Argentina between May, 1995 and August, 1997

Paris, France between March, 2005 and December, 2010

Lima, Peru between November, 2010 and March, 2011.

Available CD and Download:
Bandcamp/Maquina Blanda

Listen: Spotify

More DD albums here

Maquina Blanda: liner notes

This is another batch of “un-used” songs, jams, covers and leftovers, a companion of my CD “Maquina Dura” released in 2000. After 15 years of recording in my home studio, by 2000, two official albums have been released: 1993 The Years Alone and 1997 Segundo Ciclo.
But so many recordings have been made in my Pleasure Dome Studios during those creative and formative “Years Alone” in Buenos Aires that I decided to put together two collections of leftovers: one electric (Maquina Dura) the other mostly acoustic. Both include leftovers, studio jams and cover versions.

The electric side was easy to put together. It featured tracks that, for artistic and “quality” issues, didn’t make it to the official CD’s track list. But the acoustic CD featured some tracks that couldn’t be considered leftovers. Tracks that were actually in the song list for Segundo Ciclo, recorded during those sessions, but dropped at the last moment because I decided to make a whole acoustic CD immediately after Segundo Ciclo.
“Maquina Blanda” was my live act and it was all-acoustic (acoustic guitar and basses, tabla and small percussion, flutes). The idea was to drop the “Maquina Blanda” songs form Segundo Ciclo and expand them to form a full length CD for a release by 1997-1998. Then I moved to France and that release never happened, so those tracks remained in the vault for 15 years. I was enamoured with those recordings (my very last full analogue-open-reel masters) and decided not to mix them with some “light weight” jams and demos, and save them for an eventual formal release.

In 2005 I reloaded that project, its concept, sound and repertoire for my trio with Javier Estrella and Bobby Rangell. We went to the studio to complete Maquina Blanda (the album) but eventually we made a full length CD with new recordings (including a couple of revamped tracks from The Maquina Blanda project) and that was it.
That’s how some of my favourite recorded songs remained inexplicably unreleased.

Then in 2010 a commission for acoustic recordings got me to work again with Manuel Miranda (full member of the original Maquina Blanda) and the idea of completing that collection was again in my head. I asked him to record two tracks I had written for Maquina Blanda back in 1995 (Patagonia 1 and 2) and a new track in the same style that was an ode to the old neighbourhood where we both used to live, play and hang out in Buenos Aires on during those years: “Viejo Palermo Viejo”. With these three tracks recorded with Manuel in Lima, now the whole project came full circle.

From the original 1996 track list including “Jams, Covers and Leftovers” just one studio jam and two covers remains, all tracks that we had been playing live and considering for release by then. The rest of the informal, spontaneous jams are replaced by formal recordings of acoustic, spare originals.

Now here it is to you (and to me) Maquina Blanda, almost as I intended to be 15 years ago.

dd, Paris, March 2012

Lugar Comun

Lugar Comun/Daniel Diaz Trio

This album is Daniel Diaz’s third CD, performed in trio with USA woodwind player Bobby Rangell and Argentinian percussionist Javier Estrella.  Performed live in the studio with no overdubs.

Credits:

Performed by
Daniel DIAZ : 
(Acoustic  Bass Guitar, Upright Bass,)
Bobby  RANGELL : (Flutes, Soprano and Alto Saxophones.)
Javier  ESTRELLA :(Drums, Percussion.)

Recorded at Angel Studio, Paris, France, May-June 2004

Produced by Daniel Díaz

Arrangements:
Daniel Díaz, Bobby Rangell & Javier Estrella.
« Bebê » and « Rosa…Rosa » arranged by  D.D. 

Mixed by D.D. at The Pleasure Dome, Paris, during July 2004.

Cover art by Sergio Pittaluga.

Available CD and Download:
Bandcamp/Lugar Comun

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Daniel Diaz Trio Lugar Comun
Daniel Diaz Trio / Lugar Comun

Track list:

1. Zamba 4 by daniel díaz (zamba en cuatro)  
2. Chacabas
  by daniel díaz  (chacarera trunca)
3. Lluvias Costeras
by daniel díaz  (tango ballad)
4. Milonga Donata
by daniel díaz  (milonga)
5. Luiza
by antonio carlos jobim (vals)
6. Rosa…Rosa
by sandro & oscar anderle  (milonga)
7. Candombe p’al Beto
by daniel díaz (candombe)
8. Bebê 
by hermeto pascoal  (milongon/samba)
9. Pop (Lugar Comun)
by daniel díaz (popballad)
10. Get Out Of Town
by cole porter (bossa)
11. Calcarea
by daniel díaz  (ballad)
12. And I Love Her
by lennon & mccartney (bolero)

Total Time 70:48

Segundo Ciclo

Segundo Ciclo

by Daniel Diaz
(Timeless records 2002)

Recorded at “Pleasure Dome Studios”, Buenos Aires, Argentina between January and July 1997.

Released worldwide by Timeless Records in 2002.

Segundo Ciclo is Daniel Diaz’s sophomore release, a follow up to The Years Alone in the same wolrd-jazz style.

Performed by Daniel DIAZ :
(Acoustic Piano, Keyboards, Acoustic and Electric Basses, Upright Bass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion, Drums, Programming.)

with:

Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxes.    
Daniel MIGUEZ : Drums.    
Julian HOJMAN : Tenor Sax.
Juan Cruz URQUIZA : Trumpet.   
Gabriel KIRSCHENBAUM :Acoustic Guitar.   
Horacio LOPEZ : Percussion.
Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon.   
Rikhi HAMBRA : Percussion.    
Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.

Arranged and Produced by  D.D.

ORDER Worldwide:
Bandcamp/Segundo Ciclo

CD & Download

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Segundo Ciclo  (cover art) album by Daniel Diaz
segundo cilco (2002)

Track list:

1. Segundo Ciclo 6:44
2. Calcarea 6:25
3. Final Jersey Side 6:51
4. Trois Vibes N°1(juillet 14) 3:07
5. 22 Orientales 6:30
6. Monterrico’s Blues 8:40
7. Final Troisi 7:01
8. Ometepe’s 7:24
9. Hipertrunca 4:07
10. Lerdo 85 5:36
11. Trois Vibes No.3 4:34

Composed by Daniel Diaz.
Total Time:  55:36

Cover design by Sergio Pittaluga

The Years Alone

The Years Alone

by Daniel Diaz
(Green Linnet-Xenophile/USA 1995)

Recorded during 1993 in Buenos Aires and released worldwide by the Green Linnet/Xenophile label (on CD and Cassette) The Years Alone is Daniel Diaz debut album.

The Years Alone was released digitally (downloads) for the first time in 2015 and available on streaming services on February 2019.

Performed by Daniel DIAZ :
(Keyboards, Electric Basses, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Percussion, Drums, Programming.)

with:

Manuel MIRANDA : Flutes, Soprano and Alto Saxes, Quena, Sikus, Chekere.
Pato LOZA : Drums.
Ricky OLARTE : Congas.
Gustavo PAGLIA : Bandoneon.
Rikhi HAMBRA : Tabla.
Miguel Angel AMARAL : Voices.
Beto SATRAGNI: Bass, Percussion, Voice.

ORDER Worldwide:
Bandcamp/The Years Alone
CD & Download

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The Years Alone (cover art) album by Daniel Diaz
The Years Alone

Track list:

1>El Jardin a la Distancias
2>Sur y Nortes
3>Moboro
4>Lluvias Costerass
5>Chacabass
6>Astor
7> First Tango
8> La China y el Matador
9> 23 Punks
10>Candombe p’al Beto
11>Mr Davis
 

Composed by Daniel Diaz.
Total Time:  55:36