Dan Haedicke is a talented guitarist whose melodic brand of jazz is well featured on his debut recording as a leader, In All The Ways. Born and raised in Washington D.C., Haedicke moved to New York to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. He started the Kwality label in 2007 and has since worked with artists in a variety of idioms. In 2014 Haedicke formed the DH4, a jazz group that also includes trumpeter Indofunk Satish, bassist Everett Boyd and drummer Doron Lev. On this CD, the quartet is augmented by keyboardist Robert Knowles, Sean Schulich on flute, altoist Lakecia Benjamin (who is on one song), and singers Sun Singleton and Tondrae Kemp. Haedicke’s seven originals contain hummable melodies and feature fine solos by Haedicke, Satish, Knowles and Schulich. The interplay between guitar and flute sometimes recall the classic CTI recordings of George Benson and Hubert Laws. The opener, “Aquamarino,” has a Latin jazz feel with good spots for guitar and flute. “Dajo” is based on a happy melodic groove while “In All The Ways” features catchy light funk rhythms and fine singing from Tondrae Kemp. “If The Stars” is a modern bossa nova with Sun Singleton’s voice being used as part of the ensemble. The funky strut “October” has Haedicke’s most rewarding guitar solo of the set. “Nola Shout” is a 6/4 romp inspired by New Orleans that includes some wailing blues/rock playing by the guitarist. The CD closes with the rockish “Fenix” which has Haedicke sounding a little like Carlos Santana, ending the CD on an exciting level. - Scott Yanow
Here's a collection of material for Latin Lovers delivered by Dan Haedicke. He mixes guitar, horns and lithe voices on a prism of sounds. A rich samba on "If The Stars" includes soothing female voices while rich choruses are included on the deep grooves with electric guitar on the soulful "In All The Ways." Wah Wah guitars are on the funky "Nola Shout" while rich horns and flute sound joyful on "Aquamarino." Upbeat and optimistic moods delivered with aplomb. - George Harris
BROOKLYN ROADS MAGAZINE (CD Review)
Editor’s Note: Dan Haedicke’s first-ever CD, In All The Ways, officially releases June 24, 2016 on Kwality Records (also not the assumed or conventional spelling) and he’s celebrating with an official album release shindig at Rockwood Music Hall’s (185 Orchard Street in Manhattan) Stage 3.
Guitarist Dan Haedicke’s last name may not be the easiest to pronounce (it’s Ha-dik), or spell for that matter, but the man sure has the chops to engage listeners with his melodic brand of jazz. Originally hailing from the nation’s capital, Haedicke later moved to New York, where he attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and graduated with a degree in Guitar Performance. Dan has an additional New York connection and to Brooklyn in particular, through his work with soul singer Tondrae Kemp. Kemp whose album, Sun Money, was also a Kwality Records release, was the subject of Brooklyn Roads’ “Artists On Our Radar” last November.
A couple of years back, Dan formed the DH4, an ensemble that includes a gentleman on trumpet with the awesome name, Indofunk Satish. The quartet also includes Everett Boyd on bass and Doron Lev on drums. On the new disc, the quartet is joined by keyboardist Robert Knowles, Sean Schulich on flute, vocalist Sun Singleton, as well as Tondrae Kemp. Lakecia Benjamin also makes a guest vocalist appearance. According to Dan’s CD liner note quote, he hopes listeners will find the tunes hummable. All seven tracks are original compositions written by Haedicke, although a couple are collaborations with two of his vocalist bandmates.
Right off the bat, “Aquamarino,” grabs you with a lead-in combination of what sounds like whistles blowing and tropical birds singing, segueing into some excellent flute playing by Schulich, interspersed with upbeat, tasty guitar licks and lively drumming. “Dajo,” starts off sounding a bit like the theme from Netflix hit series House of Cards and “If The Stars” is another memorable piece. “In All The Ways” is a groovy vocal track, highlighting Haedicke’s accomplished guitar playing. “October” is a funky strut, “Nola Shout” is a bit bluesy and “Fenix” rocks out to bring the disc to an upbeat close. - Rob Rinderman
Precise arrangements and production of this album blended elements of jazz with bossa nova, blues and especially distinctive melodic sensibilities of the young American guitarist. Basic quartet completes its debut a few guests: singer, saxophonist and flutist. - Jan Mazur
Kwality Records releases on June 24th guitarist Dan Haedicke's album entitled In All The Ways. This will be the musician's debut album. Two years ago, he formed a band called DH4, which in addition to the guitar, trumpet, double bass and drums was heard. On In All The Ways I also like the assembly, with the difference that keyboardist Robert Knowles, flutist Sean Schulich, and singers Sun Singleton and Tondrae Kemp round out the band. A number with alto saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin is also included.