A gutsy debut from a young pianist/composer that challenges our expectations of a jazz album.
Bravo for Likewise
!" says the legendary Lalo Shifrin
. Dan Marschak
's compositions are adventurous, and his ideas are clear and well developed. I see many possibilities in his career." Dan Marschak's debut album showcases his compositional and pianistic talents with fresh approaches to the expanding art of jazz. Diversity is the name of the game, as each track has its own personality and instrumentation. From progressive jazz and soulful vocal features to Latin-tinged originals and bluesy solo piano, this album has something for everyone.
Hailing from Oakland, CA and a recent honors graduate of UCLA's Music Composition and Jazz Studies programs, Dan has performed on major stages from Oakland's Yoshi's to L.A.'s Central Avenue Jazz Festival, alongside greats like Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, The Elliot Deutsch Big Band
, and Kalil Wilson
Marschak's memorable piano playing is supported here by a range of California talent. John Avila, bassist for Oingo Boingo and producer of Reel Big Fish, co-produced, mixed, and engineered the album, and we hear his unique fretless bass work on the opening track Caffeine Dream." Rising stars like vocalist Kalil Wilson and saxophonist Hitomi Oba are prominently featured throughout Likewise in a variety of Marschak originals and arrangements. The album reflects just some of Dan's influences: Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Keith Jarrett, and Brad Mehldau. These inventive sounds announce Dan Marschak as an exciting and important new pianist and composer to watch.