Jonathan Herrera - Bass Player Magazine (27 October 2008)
Dean Taba may have recently left hustle-bustle Los Angeles for hang-loose Hawaii, but his playing and composing has lost none of its big-city edge. Taba is an accomplished doubler, but for The Camarillo Waltz he focused on his upright, here recorded with deep lowfrequency resonance and a rich, burnished midrange. The ten tunes showcase Taba’s compositional sophistication and flexibility; they range from quirky blues heads to hip stoptime funk to abstract, textural ballads. His band, anchored at the trap kit by Kendall Kay, is skilled and sensitive. Taba’s tunes seem fun to play, and thanks to the Internet, you can find out for yourself. Go to www.deantaba.com for free charts of everything.
Wayne Harada - Honolulu Advertiser (25 April 2008)
Distinguishing notes: Dean Taba, an acoustic bassist, has been bopping around for several years and has previously released CDs. Here, he assembles Andy Suzuki (tenor, alto, soprano sax), Nick Mason (piano, keyboards), Kendall Kay (drums) and guest artist Steve Huffsteter (trumpet, flugelhorn) for a wingding of a session.
The titles are as intriguing as the melodies: "You Don't Say" makes his bass converse from the get-go; "Allie-Gator" offers a fusion of drums, bass and trumpet; "Penguin Scramble" is a hoot of a sax-capade; "Tango Rubato" is a tangle of rhythms, fiery then somber, like two themes in one.
Taba composed all tracks and his songbag is fresh and innovative. Modern, hip, progressive, with echoes of conventional jazz but visions of a future form.
Our take: This is not your father's jazz; tune in and you'll be caught in the creative web.
John Berger - Star Bulletin (02 May 2008)
Dean Taba lays out his credentials as a modern jazz traditionalist with this collection of 10 original instrumentals. Taba can play the electric bass guitar, but his use of acoustic bass exclusively on this project gives it a solid traditionalist foundation. In short, this is beautiful instrumental jazz for all generations -- you, your father, and any other jazz fans in the family.
Taba opens one song with a laid-back solo and steps into the spotlight on several others, but this is, above all, an ensemble project. The keys, saxes, brass and drums get their fair share of lead time, as well.
http://www.jazzpage.net (March 2009)
カマリロ･ワルツ / ディーン･タバ
ハワイ・オアフ島出身のベーシスト、ディーン･タバのハードバップ・アルバム。ロスを中心に25年余り活動してきたが、現在は故郷のハワイに戻りウクレレ奏者ジェイク･シマブクロのバックなどで演奏しており日本へ何度もツアーで来ているという。タバのベースはビートも大きくメロディック。”AIlie- Gator”ではスタジオ・ミュージシャンと思えないホットな演奏で唸らせる。参加メンバーも日本では無名だがいずれもトップクラスの実力の持ち主、 ”Reminiscence”でのスティーヴ・ハフスターターのフリューゲルホーンの美しいソロは秀逸、アンディー・スズキのコルトレーン張りのテナーのブローも圧巻。曲も親しみのあるメロディーで"Choy’s Joys"や"Penguin Scramble"など面白い。会心作だ。