To Be Sure
Dan Reynolds' diverse performances and recordings have reached enthusiastic audiences worldwide . His soulful jazz piano and keyboard work has been heard on recordings and performances with Eddie Harris, Larry Coryell, Najee, Ken Navarro, TIm Eyermann & East Coast Offering, Origem, and many others. His own CD's; 1993's NEVER ALONE, 1994's LIFELINE and 1998's TO BE SURE (on Never Alone Music) have received several WAMMIE nominations and high acclaim from such publications as Jazz Times, Jazziz, and Italy's New Sounds magazine. The Washington Post calls him 'a charismatic entertainer'. 'When I listen to Dan Reynold's music on this CD, this movie starts playing in my head- I'm in an urban landscape and everything is cool, funky, romantic, pristine, bright, soulful, windy, beautiful. I don't think that Dan has written a movie score yet but it wouldn't surprise me to see his name flash across the screen someday and his work reminds me a bit of Marc Shaiman who has composed some excellent film music. Besides Dan on keyboards, this mostly instrumental CD features a variety of really excellent jazz/fusion players with lots of great soloing by different musicians. All in all, this is wonderful CD, the kind of soundtrack I sometimes wish accompanied my life but I suppose my life isn't a movie. Dan Reynold's 2 Bee Sure makes me wish it was.' - Richard Isen, MOI 'What separates keyboardist Dan Reynolds from a lot of contemporary jazz artists? For starters, he sounds as if he's truly enjoying himself and not just connecting the dots between fashionable backbeats. His latest album, To Be Sure, conveys his enthusiasm for music making in a variety of radio-friendly settings. 'From the Top,' the opening track, cleverly updates the organ combo sound with a now slippery, now brash mix of keyboards, sax, drums and percussion before segueing into a extended piano and bass-driven coda. 'Delafield Place' takes advantage of Vinny Valentino's fluid mastery of jazz guitar to help create a performance that moves elegantly between sparkling acoustic and electric balladry. Singer Dawn Robinson, bassist Gary Grainger and saxophonist Brian Lanier coolly underscore the prevailing theme of camaraderie on 'With My Friends,' while saxophonists Marshall Keys, Peter Fraize and Al Williams contribute muted lyricism or a funky swagger to 'One Night in a Storm,' 'Dark Horse' and Boogoo in Brazil.' Except for Valentino's 'One Night in a Storm,' Reynolds composed all of the tunes on the album and arranged them in a manner that frequently showcases the talents of his bandmates, including drummers Greg Grainger and Francis Thompson. - Mike Joyce, WASHINGTON POST, August 1998.