Composer/drummer Daniel Criado is an artist who is focused on creating music that blurs the lines between different genres and creative influences. His impeccable skills with the drums are fully realized by his overall ability with musical composition; it's an intoxicating match.
Recently, Criado came out with an outstanding new release titled Those Affairs Within." It's a soothing jazz number with an innovative modern twist. This single is a milestone for the artist, and it features some amazing instrumental textures. Each musician leaves a uniquely distinctive mark, highlighting the group’s incredible versatility. The first thing you’ll hear is a tasteful piano intro which highlights the song’s dynamics and the band’s ability to put so many different ingredients together in order to create something quite memorable. The next part of the song, where the other instruments and Criado's crisp drumming kicks in, is yet another example of the his special fondness for earthy sonic flavors and distinctive melodies. It is all about keeping things understated, but achieving an excellent result.
Ultimately, Those Affairs Within" is a remarkable example of Criado at his best. The texture of the song is airy and dynamic and the feel of the performance has a natural vibe. There are so many highlights on this release, but Criado truly shines with his performance on the track; his drumming is compelling and with his players he also achieves an enviable instrumental balance. It is the kind of track that feels familiar, yet exciting at the same time, highlighting Criado’s fondness for great jazz with a modern flair. The drum sound is beautifully detailed, with some atmospheric, dark cymbal and defined notes, bringing so much texture to the whole mix. There is a certain weightlessness to the performance, making it all the more effortless within the context of the full arrangement.
I would warmly recommend listening to this release, especially if you are a fan of modern jazz music with a bit of a classic vibe. Although listeners might spot these and other influences, it is undeniable that the Daniel Criado Project managed to concoct an extremely personal sound, which suits the mood of this release.