“Bassist Colin Dean reveals rare sensitivity and lyricism on his winning debut as a leader.” Jazz Times
“Dean’s assembly of side personnel is stellar… All of the solos are superb and when each musician takes a turn it’s compelling, if not spell binding, the solos enhanced by the absolutely synchronized accompaniment – all contributing to a special beauty and sense of regeneration much in need in today’s harried, frenetic world.” Jazz Inside Magazine
“Dean is a musician with some innovative ideas and the ability to make them work, and his tunes on Shiwasu signal the arrival of a worthy new talent” All About Jazz
“Colin Dean is ready for prime-time. His writing, his playing, his leadership, all display a maturity far beyond his years. I’ve watched him develop and hone his skills with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears. Colin is ready for prime-time.” Buster Williams
“Depth of thought in the compositions, lyricism, and sensitivity in the playing with a touch of world rhythms are the hallmarks of this recording. To find these qualities in someone as young as Colin is indeed a joy to behold.” Bobby Sanabria
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“Three Cups of Tea” written by Colin Dean, featuring Colin Dean on bass, Rachel Z on piano, Colin Stranahan on drums, Sean Nowell on Saxophone
“Akasha” written by Colin Dean, featuring Colin Dean on bass, Rachel Z on piano, Colin Stranahan on drums, Sean Nowell on saxophone and Hip Hop MC Eternia
Check out video footage from our recent performance at the Blue Note! Featuring Colin Dean on bass, Rachel Z on piano, Colin Stranahan on drums, Samir Zarif on sax and special guest hip hop MC Eternia!
Colin Dean’s “Shiwasu”
“Shiwasu” is the debut release of bassist and composer Colin Dean. The album features Rachel Z on piano, Sean Nowell on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Colin Stranahan on drums.
Colin Dean attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City and received a BFA in jazz performance in May 2006. While at the New School he studied with masters including Buster Williams, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Bobby Sanabria, Rachel Z, Bill Kirchner, Vic Juris, Andy McKee, Benny Powell, Jimmy Owens, Joe Chambers, Jane Ira Bloom and others, where he refined his skills as a bassist and composer.
After graduating from the New School, he emerged as a bandleader and music director, launching his own band, Roots and Grooves. Their debut was supported in part through a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and they have been performing steadily ever since. In addition to being a jazz performer, Colin is also becoming an in-demand bassist across genres. He has recently collaborated with hip hop artists Eternia and Hasan Salaam, and opened for artists such as Snoop Dog, KRS-One, MC Lyte, Bahamadia and Jean Grae, to name a few. He also spent nearly two years performing and recording with the internationally acclaimed indie-rock orchestra Emanuel and the Fear.
The original compositions on “Shiwasu” are deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, while also drawing inspiration from a wide variety of styles such as world music and hip hop. It features Rachel Z on piano, Sean Nowell on tenor and soprano saxophones, and Colin Stranahan on drums. Rachel Z is a world renown musician and has worked with artists such as Peter Gabriel and Wayne Shorter. Sean Nowell is one of the top jazz saxophonists in New York and has several of his own records out as a leader. Colin Stranahan recently graduated from the Thelonius Monk Jazz Institute and has studied and performed with artists including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Kurt Rosenwinkel.