Dean Peer Airborne on 180g LP
Virtuoso Bassist's 2010 Studio Effort Combines Best of All Worlds: Brilliant Sound, Expressive Playing Techniques, Stunning Compostions
Peer Teams With Percussionist Bret Mann to Create A Jazz-Fusion Masterpiece
LP Specially Mastered by Grammy-Winning Engineer David Glasser from Airshow Mastering
Mandatory Audiophile Listening: Vinyl Bursts With Seemingly Limitless Dynamics, Presence and Punch
Rare is the album that boasts stellar musicianship, unbridled creativity, transcendent emotionalism, and breathtaking sound. Audiophile records normally have a few, but not all, of those prized aspects. Rest assured that Dean Peer's Airborne has it all: We've seldom been so impressed by a record's ability to transport us to the front of a small club, where onstage, master musicians hold sway and enjoy the benefits of a state-of-the-art sound system.
Indeed, if it's a reference LP you want, Airborne delivers: A magnificently huge-sounding record mastered by Grammy-winning engineer David Glasser, this 2010 studio set has dynamics, punch, transparency, and imaging to spare. It's doubtful you could reproduce the sound of an electric bass and sympathetic percussion more accurately even if you were in possession of the actual instruments. The degrees of realism and boundary-shattering dimensions that the musicians and production team capture here are absolutely worthy of the oft-overused term "extraordinary." What's more, the performance is equally mind-blowing.
Aficionados know that Peer has been noted for decades as an electric bass virtuoso and bass harmonics authority. True to form, Airborne, bursts forth with intricate and otherworldly melodies. In further jazzing up his approach, Peer teams with drummer Bret Mann to give listeners a peek into his fusion-based musical roots (funk, jazz-rock, and Americana) while showing what a rhythm section can do when tapped into the same common denominators.
An invigorating blend of interplay, vision, technique, and style, Airborne comes across as a conversation between a virtuoso of the electric bass guitar and a master percussionist. Musically, the duo finishes each other’s sentences, the longtime friends' deep respect causing them to listen to each other's passages and movements before responding with notes that continue the meaningful dialogue. As a composer, Peer stretches the imagination, challenges the mind, and performs as if connected to spiritual elements.
Airborne takes us back to the days when people gathered to sit in front of the stereo and concentrate on the music. Peer and Mann give us every reason to remain transfixed, focused, and enthralled. Don't miss out on this audiophile spectacular: The LPs won't last!
"Bassist Dean Peer teams with percussionist Bret Mann for this jazzy, rock-inflected recording. Observe Peer's breathtaking arsenal of bass techniques and use of audiophile-grade effects plus the sheer realism of Mann's drum and cymbals.” - The Absolute Sound 2011 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
“(Peer is) a remarkable solo artist on his chosen instrument, with a dazzling array of playing techniques at his disposal. Seemingly limitless chops, and—most importantly—a wealth of inventive musical ideas to express.”- Avguide.com
Dean Peer Airborne Track Listing:
1. 1 Speed
3. Lucy Blue
4. Lord Zuthula
5. Swinney Switch
6. Waimanalo Ohana
7. N’est-ce Pas
8. Twin Peaks
9. Het Landen