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Dennis Hastings

by Dennis Hastings

From the classics to the mystical, here we have a wide range of vocal influences: Get-down blues and straight-ahead jazz; the trance-like 'Moanin'; creative and adventurous while swinging like mad, moving forward with the great tradition.
Genre: Jazz: Cool Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Everyday I Have The Blues
5:14 album only
2. Day Dream
4:19 album only
3. World That Swings
2:59 album only
4. It Was A Very Good Year
5:48 album only
5. Crazy Rhythm
3:54 album only
6. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay
5:49 album only
7. Devil May Care
3:54 album only
8. Moanin'
3:42 album only
9. My Prayer
3:43 album only
10. One For My Baby
6:15 album only
11. Route 66
3:43 album only
12. Visions
5:03 album only


Album Notes
I've been kicking around for about 30 years in the music biz, doing everything from crazy beat poetry shows to classic jazz concerts. I ended up in a place where I'm morphing jazz standards to better fit the poetry offered and doing a tribute to Mel Torme' on occasion as well. It's a good place to land.

I decided that on my debut album I would go with 'eclectic' rather than 'moody', although my treatment of both 'Route 66' and Bobby Timmons' 'Moanin' might both be considered to be pretty moody, so what do I know? All I know is that there's an element of fun throughout the recording and I'm pretty happy with that. 'One For My Baby' is truly an opus, an over-the-top re-imagining of this classic that was jointly penned by myself and the talented David Deacon-Joyner. That there is some art stuff.

I felt honored to have a lot of great players on the project, Clipper Anderson, Mark Ivester, Jack Klitzman, Ed Weber: all very well known and accomplished musicians from the area. David helped actualize the arrangements in written form. Having a professor on duty is very helpful, I must say.

If you are here, reading this, thanks for your time. I put a lot of effort into this project and if you decide to jump in I don't think you'll be disappointed. Enjoy life through music.



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