K, guitarist with German heritage, has a strong affinity for Latin
jazz and smooth jazz. More than 16 solo albums, eight CDs with
band projects and over 30 albums for other performers are a vivid
testimony to his productivity. His newest project Selfie
Nation (2019) is however a departure to new shores.
Dirk himself settles his new music on in the area of electronic
dance music, jazz and world music and uses the adjective
incongruous, ambient, peculiar. So let us prepare ourselves for
the special. The length of the pieces, which are not at all
adapted to the radio format, is already unusual. A rebellion?
Dirk K plays on the new album all instruments and is joined by
David Inamine (bass) and Michael Joy (Wurlitzer, Rhodes and Mini
Moog on Nothing Personal). Special guest is King Ibu on
Selfie Nation (vocals and talking drum). Dirk has written
Selfie Nation, all other songs are covers.
The song Sunny was written in 1963 by Bobby Hebb inspired by
the death of his older Brother Harold and the death of JFK. The
song is according to Wikipedia one of the most covered in music
history. Even if you have heard the song a hundred times, Dirk
manages to find a completely new approach with his version, which
arouses the attention and enthusiasm of the listeners.
The introduction of Selfie Nation has a vocal hype in the
style of Jonathan Butler but quickly turns out to be world music
in Flamenco flair. Senegalese musician King Ibu is responsible for
the African flavor with his great vocal personality and his
percussion work. Both together create the magic of a summer hit.
Don Grolnick's composition Nothing Personal was
originally released on Michael Brecker's self titled debut album
in 1987. While Michael played sax, the guitar part was performed
by Pat Metheny. Dirk transforms the straight ahead jazz version to
an experimental art form, which reminds me of the early days of
acid jazz with rashes to free jazz.
Another mile stone of jazz is Miles Davis So What from
his ground breaking album Kind Of Blue (1959). Instantly
recognizable from its introductory bass phrase. This phrase is
also the central theme in Dirk K's interpretation enriched with
own melodious excursions, modifications and alterations. The
performance is broken up with African percussion episodes.
Dirk K must have fulfilled a personal wish with Selfie Nation.
Away from the mainstream, he offers four pieces of music which,
due to their structural differences, can hardly be recognized as a
complete work. Considered as an expression of his overall
personality, he places high demands on the acceptance of his
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Title: Selfie Nation
Artist: Dirk K
Genre: Smooth Jazz
1 Sunny 6:48
2 Selfie Nation (feat. King Ibu) 7:55
Nothing Personal 15:38
4 So What 7:01
When Sunny Gets Blue
Dirk K Plays Jobim
Quartet Equinox - Flamenco Jazz