Dwayne Dolphin’s new release, his first on Bonedog Records, is a departure from his previous offerings. On “Ming” Dwayne is featured on the piccolo bass, an instrument that has never before been featured on CD except in small doses. The track “I Never Knew That You Were Lonely” is a lock to be a smooth jazz favorite. Performing and recording with such noteables as Fred Wesley, Nancy Wilson and Stanley Turrentine to name a few, has given Dwayne a sizeable following in the US as well as Europe & Japan. “Ming” has the vitality and energy of a classic “Blue Note” session. A trait many strive for but few attain.

 

Review:

Although he’s genuinely rooted in traditional jazz bassist and Pittsburg native Dwayne Dolphin arrives with an mosaic of creative and innovative music simply titled “Ming” his latest offering on Bonedog Records. Dwayne began playing drums by the time he was ten years old within the same year he picked up the bass guitar. From there his journey excelled when he turned fifthteen and began playing bass and working with Pittsburgh’s finest such as Roger Humphries, Pete Henderson, and Carl Arter. Jazz lovers often squabble back and forth  about the tempo, melodies,and ability to play funk or whatever wets your whistle. In this case, I’ve heard an assortment of sounds and textures by a musician who is an extraordinary talent with aforementioned ability to cover a palette of music that contemporary jazz lovers in particular will savor and enjoy with each spin. Dwayne Dolphin primarily plays the Piccolo bass on this project without being locked into one direction sonically. Once you hear treasures like Wilton Felder’s ballad “Way Back Home” featuring Lou Stellute on tenor saxophone and there’s also Herbie Hancock’s monster groove “Chameleon,” you’ll shy with joy and relief because you’ll discover this cat is about playing timeless music and rejuvenating it with his own unique spirit. Oh yeah, there’s no question you’ll dig these jams by Dolphin! For those of you that absolutely crave contemporaryjazz for back in the day you’ll find Dwayne Dolphin’s “Ming” quite refreshing, a jewel, or diamond in the rough if you will. Dolphin serves up a superb monstrous rendition of Roy Ayers’ “Voyage” features the incredible Sean Jones on trumpet. You can get your spiritual groove in order with Donnie McClurkin’s “We Fall Down,” and please don’t get sidetracked by the these covers because this cat knows how to work a tune to make it his own without diminishing thequality of the original. Bassist Dwayne Dolphin knows and has fine tune his craft remarkably well by honing his skills with a host of prime players in jazz such as: Hank Crawford Group, Wynton Marsalis, Stanley Turrentine, Nancy Wilson, Melba Moore, Fred Wesley and many others over the years. Dolphin’s originals are definitely cream of the crop gems, please check out: Ming, LC’s Lullaby, Right Before Your Eyes, Mrs. Harrison, The Sipper, Ali and That Name written by bassit Brian Sanders. On his current project “Ming,” multi-instrumentalist Dwayne Dolphin has harvest an abundance of meaningful and certainly enjoyable music, please check him out at your leisure you want be sorry!

-Rob Young / Contemporary Jazz / August, 2006



Audio Samples: Ming:

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I Never Knew That You Were Lonely:

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Track Listing:
  1. Overture
  2. Ming
  3. I Never Knew That you Were Lonely
  4. LC's Lullaby
  5. Right Before My Eyes
  6. Mrs. Harrison
  7. Way Back Home
  8. The Sipper
  9. Ali
  10. Chameleon
  11. We Fall Down
  12. Voyage
  13. That Name
  14. Exodus