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When the producers of A&E's controversial television series "City Confidential" needed to explore the Kansas City Jazz scene for a new production, they contacted and filmed veteran musician David Basse. "... a magnificent drummer and captivating singer who genuinely delights in a room full of happy people who are enjoying his danceable brand of jazz."… Zan Stewart / LA Times For the past twenty years, Basse has been at the forefront of the music scene in this legendary jazz capitol. David Basse carries on a tradition started many years ago by icons Charlie Parker, Count Basie and Jay McShann. He has played his special kind of Kansas City jazz at concerts, clubs and private parties throughout the world. "I love the soul that is your voice." Maya Angelou “With the soul of a bon vivant and the spirit of a hipster, Basse scats with insouciance, reels you into ballads with a raconteur’s charm,” George Kansler - Hot House magazine In a recording session with the new band, Basse’s follow up to his celebrated 2012 Café Pacific release “Uptown.” “The rich substance, clear intonation and sincerity of delivery that are all qualities of Basse's style… shades of Eddie Jefferson all the way,” and in July LA writer Scott Yanow added, “Basse, who has a lived-in voice that is sometimes a little raspy, is a hip and swinging singer who digs into the lyrics that he sings.” Scott Albin - Jazz Times Magazine “A particularly terrific 2001 disc placed Basse, whose gruff voice occupies the median between Curtis Stigers and Steve Tyrell, alongside pianist Mike Melvoin.” Christopher Loudon - Jazz Times Vocalist David Basse has recorded and produced projects with Les McCann, Bobby Watson, and Phil Woods. He produced a 2004 instrumental disc, featuring Melvoin and members of Wood’s long time award winning ensemble, garnering a Grammy nomination. Purchasing all of Basse’s discs at a recent gig, iconic American poet Maya Angelou was compelled to proclaim to the vocalist in her raspy voice, young man, “I love the soul that is your voice.” The working title of David Basse’s 2013 recording project is, “The Hero And The Lover, The Hermit, The Dictator, The Wise Woman And The Fool.” a quote from Jack Kornfield. This is a very long title, and Basse does not try to be all things to all people; his music simply incorporates jazz and blues. Basse’s band included veteran bassist Curtis Lundy, pianist Richard Johnson, saxophonist Stacey Dillard, and drummer Neil Smith.
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