Daniel D. -- Epic Sounds

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Daniel D. — Epic Sounds

Nov. 19, 2012

Young violinist Daniel D. hit the ground in full stride with his previous release entitled Serenade. He’s again off to the races with a deeply soulful mix of covers and originals on his latest offering Epic Sounds.

This CD comes packed with a delicious, sensuous delivery on violin that places the young man solidly in the circle of the few truly fine violinists we have in this genre. His is such a refreshing and expressive style that breathes life into each tune.

Obviously preferring the slower tempo timing over the more up-tempo rhythms, he transforms the “candlelight tune” into a form of true art. Romanticists beware. You need to be ready for this one; you need to hear it coming. The melodies, whether covers or original, are tender and enticing, the mood is seductive, and Daniel D.’s violin is very persuasive.

The violinist gets a helping hand from saxman Will Donato and guitarist Steve Oliver on the well-done aptly titled “So Beautiful,” a cover of Musiq Soul Child’s tune. Adding to the sparkle of the project is the sweet and subtle title track and the soothing sure-handed cover of Usher’s “There Goes My Baby.”

While young Daniel may prefer the slow and sensual rhythms, make no mistake: He can get the upbeat groove going with the best of ‘em. A good example would his cover of Brian McKnight’s “Used to Be My Girl,” which is full of snap and bounce.  Still, it is clear that his preferred zone lies in that “midnight” smooth and sexy vibe.

Full of energy and competence, Daniel D. is surely one to watch as he is bound to grow his audience and reach with each project. In addition to flaunting original flair, Epic Sounds also demonstrates the artist’s interpretative skills when working with covers. A reassuring effort from one more promising young artist who complements this genre well. — Ronald Jackson

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