Rain Painting – John Stowell, Dan Dean



Master guitarist and improvisor, John Stowell, has spent the last five decades touring the world, most often immersed in the universal jazz repertoire improvising with artists from wherever he’s visiting. Through his recordings with “Scenes,” and his quartet with SF Bay Area saxophonist Michael Zilber over the last 20 years, Stowell has had the chance to perform and focus on his own compositions more than ever before.

It was through the mastering of those recordings that engineer, bassist, vocalist, producer Dan Dean discovered the nuances of Stowell’s writing. The idea of collaboration came when Stowell heard Dean’s recent classical voice recording, “Songs Without Words,” where he layered multiple tracks of himself in what writer Raul da Gama called “…music-making of the highest order, which plumbs the depths of all of the emotions from wonderful joys to abject lamentations.”

Taking 10 of Stowell’s compositions, Dean & Stowell layered voices, bass, and guitars over the course of a year, discovering unique avenues into the music with the end result feeling spontaneous, joyous and in the moment. “Dan Dean will redefine what you think is possible to achieve with the human voice. Prepare to be astonished.” – Melinda Bargreen, Author & Music Critic

Welcome to Nice 4:08
Nanti Glo 5:08
Rain Painting 5:33
Pretty Boy Floyd 4:32
Alora Andiamo! 3:53
Springfield Sonata 4:30
Tapioca Time 4:43
Always Sometimes 5:34
Schiffletting 5:43
The Mandy Walk 4:42

John Stowell – Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Fretless Electric Guitar
Dan Dean – Vocals, Fretless Acoustic Bass Guitar, Electric & Fretless
Electric Basses, Percussion, Drum Programming

Produced by Dan Dean & John Stowell
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Dan Dean at DDP Studio, Mercer Island, WA
Recorded September 29, 2018 to May 6, 2020
Photographs by Philip Justin Mamelic, João Cabral
Photo of Dan Dean by Steve Korn
Cover Design & Layout by John Bishop
Recorded in high definition 32 bit 96 khz

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