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Cruise Control

by D-Lucca

Crossover instrumental Jazz with a funky bottom and cool melodies from D-Lucca's Piccolo Bass.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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1. Cruise Control
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2. That Funky Bass
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3. Everlasting
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4. Baby
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5. Light Year
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6. Erowan
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7. Zen of Zinn
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8. The Distance From Life to Love
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9. '06
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10. Light at the End of the Tunnel
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11. Expresso
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12. Your Smile
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13. Lucca's Love
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14. Experience (Live)
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15. R U Home Yet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
D-Lucca – 4 String Piccolo Bass, 4 String
Electric Bass, 5 Sting Fretless Electric Bass,
4 String Acoustic Electric Bass, 6 String
Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards and Synths,
Drum Programming, Percussion, and Vocals.

Wandah C Mitchell – Vocals on Track 8

Steve Moretti – Drums on Tracks 1 - 5, 10, 13,
& 14.

Terry Disley – Keyboards and Synths
on Tracks 3 & 14.

Lorn Leber – Acoustic and Electric Guitars
on Tracks 4, 5, 8 & 9.

Daniel Zinn – Soprano and Tenor Saxes
on Tracks 7 & 10.

Joshi Marshall – Tenor Sax on Tracks 2 &12.

Joe Hebert – Cello on Track 11.

Todd Andry – Piccolo Bass on Track 9.

Ifoma Journee Erhabor – Vocals on Track 8.


Daniel Lucca Parenti
D-Lucca

Musically, people had been taking notice of Daniel since the age of 12 when a junior high school music teacher, impressed with his ability to read music, handed him a bass and said, “If you can learn to play this over the summer you can be my bass player in the jazz band.” And so he did. Over the next few years, a lot of hard work, lessons, and hours of practice kept him advancing through high school jazz band.

Inspired by great teachers and legendary artists such as Billy Joel, Journey, Rush, and many more from all genres, Daniel began to focus his talents and by age 17, had become an accomplished jazz, swing, and rock bassist. After high school he attended Cal State University at Hayward and was selected as a freshman to play with Dave Eshelmann’s top Jazz Ensemble and was also working professionally to help pay for his college tuition. By this time Daniel had discovered the amazing music of such artists as Jaco Pastorious, Dave Holland, D’Angelo, and Squarepusher which inspired him to begin to write and perform his own music. At age19 he’d been tabbed to be the bassist for Matt Catingub’s “Copa Cat Pack Band,” with Concord Jazz Records.

Daniel would go on to tour with several popular jazz artists, including, Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein, as Bassist for The Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. With Rosemary and Michael, over a four year period, Daniel made several appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “The View,” toured all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Germany, and Canada, and performed at many popular Jazz Festivals, including, 2000 Stuttgart Jazz Open, 2000-1 Westbury Jazz Festivals, NY, 2001 Maysville Jazz Festival, KY, and also 2000-1 Human Rights Campaign, DC. With Big Kahuna, Daniel performed and recorded with the reputable Honolulu Pops Orchestra; and recorded four full length CD's with Concord Jazz Records, two of which were Grammy Nominated. And, he still managed to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition at the same time.

Daniel has become one of the top call bassists in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently, touring with Terry Disley from Acoustic Alchemy. With Terry, Daniel has performed at the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe and the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Catalina Island in 2004. Daniel is also fetured on Terry Disley's latest album entitled, "Across the Pond." Daniel, in two years time, has also released two full length original jazz albums of his own The All For You Project, and Cruise Control. He is now working on yet a third album as well as a Christmas Album to be released in late 2006.

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Composer/Arranger - 15 years experience writing and arranging music in many different genres.

Instrumentalist - 20 years experience performing in many different genres on several different instruments. Including: Acoustic Bass, 4 and 5 String Electric Basses, Piccolo Electric Bass, 6 String Guitar, Piano, Drum Set, and Percussion. Note - Bass Instruments are the primary focus.

Producer - 11 years experience producing and assisting on original Album's in the Genres of Jazz, Rock, Ska, Drum & Bass, and Hip-Hop.

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Genres include - Contemporary Jazz, Straight Ahead Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Latin Jazz, Progressive Jazz Fusion, Rock, Ska, Pop, Drum & Bass/ Techno, R&B/Funk, and Hip-Hop.

Other skills and attributes include - Sight Reading, Notation, Transcription, Booking, Promotion, Merchandising, Recruiting, Organization, Punctuality, Dedication, and Determination.

Memberships
ASCAP since 2003; writer and publisher.
NARAS, currently applying.

Awards
2002 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's "Sentimental Journey," Concord Records 2001.
2003 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's "The Last Concert," Concord Records 2002.

Featured Performers:

Michael Brecker (Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorious)
John Oddo (Arranger for Rosemary Clooney)
Maureen McGovern
Debbie Boone (Pat Boone)
Jimmy Darren
Tony Tennille (The Captain and Tennile)
Anne Hampton Calloway
Lionel Hampton
Dee Dee Bridgewater
Lee Musiker (Buddy Rich)
Peter Erskine (Yellow Jackets, Steely Dan)
John Stowell
Conrad Herwig (Eddie Palmieri)
George Bohannon
Frank Mercurio (Cal Jader)
Tom Harrell
Terence Disley (Acoustic Alchemy, Paul McCartney)
Vivian Jett
James Moody
Maria Schneider
Joe Ebert (California Symphony Orchestra)
Lorn Leber (Jerry Garcia Band)
Mark Russo (Doobie Brothers, Yellow Jackets)
Billy Johnson (Santana)
Ira Stein (Windham Hill Recording Artist)
Ben Flint (Isaac Hayes)
Rob Fisher (Cal Jader)
Jimmy Dobson (Celine Dion)
Kime (Sony Norwegian Pop Artist)
Rob Fisher (Cal Jader)
Tommy Bradford (The Braxton Brothers)
Frank Martin
Bill Spooner (The Tubes)
Discography

Rosemary Clooney, "Sentimental Journey," Concord Jazz Records 2001
Rosemary Clooney, "The Last Concert, "Concord Jazz Records 2002
Rosie O'Donnell, "A Rosie Christmas," Sony Music Entertainment with Columbia Records 1999.
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, "Hawaiian Swing," Concord Jazz Records 1999.
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, "Shake Thos Hula Hips," Concord Jazz Records 2001.
Mike Vax and Friends of Big Band Swing, 2001.
California State University Jazz Ensemble, "Metro," Independent 1998-99.
California State University Jazz Ensemble, "Excursions," Independent 2002.
The Catholic Community of Pleasanton Music Ministry, "Songs of Christmas," Independent 2003.
Dynamic, "Photosynthesis," Independent 2003.
Dank Man Shank, "You Turn Me On," Independent 2002.
Boone Spooner, “10 Songs,” Independent 2003.
Terry Disley, “Experience Christmas,” Independent 2004.
Terry Disley, “Across the Pond,” Independent 2006.
The All For You Project, solo album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2005.
Cruise Control, second solo album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2006.
Have Yourself a Fretless Merry X-mas, solo Christmas album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2005.
Roy McNeal, “Organik,” Independent 2005
Ben Flint, “World Soul Project,” Independent 2006

TV Performances

Rosie O Donnell Show, ABC

A&E Biography, Rosemary Clooney, A&E

Rosie O Donnell's Christmas Special, ABC

The View, ABC

Swing It, PBS special on big band swing

1st Cut FOX


Reviews


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Wandah Mitchell

The Best Music I've heard in a long time........Inspirational!!!
I've heard a lot of music, and Daniel Lucca's sound is by far the best I've heard in a long time. His music is so inspiring I find myself lost in each and every song from the beginning to the end. It is the greatest driving CD. Don't worry about whether of not you'd be taking a chance on this CD because I guarantee you will love this album. I do.

Ben Flint

One of my Favorite CD's - and I'm a Snob!!
've known Dan since he was in high school - great bass player , both accompanying and soloing. But this CD shocked and awed me. The writing is so mature and the production is awesome as well. I listen to this CD ALL THE TIME. He doesn't kill you with bass everywhere either. There's lots great leads by the sax and the guitar. Then there's that solo bass tune - playful, fun, memorable. Looking forward to the new one.

Reviewed by: Susan Frances

www.jazzreview.com
Veteran bass guitarist Daniel Lucca’s album Cruise Control is one of the best jazz fusion albums you will ever pick up. Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don’t know when one ends and the other begins. The elements are so entwined that they beat with one heart brandishing the regalia of Steely Dan. Lucca’s music is not rushed, but gingerly plotted with brandy savoring grooves, azure-esque textures beaming with laminated luster, and chords with gorgeous definition, clarity, and warmth. His music has a fire-side/smooth jazz rustle with ambient arcs and trestles coordinated by expert fingers.
Lucca composed and arranged all of the songs as well as bearing the brunt of executive producer. With assistant producers Boone Spencer and Wandah C. Mitchell and collaborator Terry Disley from Acoustic Alchemy on keyboards and synths, Daniel Lucca’s album Cruise Control should be earmarked by his peers as a professional level to be attained and by music fans who are looking for music that courses through their veins like a soothing broth on rankled nerves and uptight emotions.
The album opens with an upbeat jazz fusion dialogue stylized with 70s jazz-funk surges on the title track and “That Funky Bass,” which exhibits smooth jazz saxophones interacting in a lively banter with the bass. The supple tones and caressing movements on tracks like “Everlasting” and “Erowan” project a score of meaningful melodic phrases connecting to emotions and bearing traits similarly to Trey Anastasio. These reflective pieces display gentle playing and responsive exchanges in the instrumentation.
The graphic chord vibrations on tracks like “Baby” and “Light Year” are expressive and organic relatable to a Spyro Gyra fashion. The music for “Zen Of Zinn” is very fertile sprouting stalks of saxophone lines and rhythmic percussive shakers producing an ambient jazz effect. The spoken words of Mitchell and Erhabor on “Distance From Live To Love” give the track a hip hop pulsation when they recite: “We open our eyes to the ultimate surprise/ That we are not yet who we will someday be/ Our minds and hearts are like new and waiting for you/ To show us the way to LOVE.”
The words and music have themes of healing and penetrating a succor resolution. The melodies “’06” and “Light At The End Of The Tunnel” are aurally smooth and tenderly vacillating. The smooth jazz saxophone on “Expresso” and percolating synths are sweetly versed as they wrap around each other and the listener in its homey cove. The lightly rosin guitars play in harmony to the boinging synths and steady shakers. The music chords prance gracefully on “Your Smile” as the saxophone chimes produce rings of vivid roseates. Tracks like “Lucca’s Love” and “Experience (Live)” move to a fire-side/lounging jazz tempo while the final track “R. U. Home Yet” basks in country flanged guitar pluckings and light toe tapping beats with a blues-folk texturing whistles through the rhythmic steps.
Daniel Lucca has been in the music business since he was 19 years old when he began recording with such artists as Matt Catingua, Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, The Big Kahuna And The Copa Cat Pack, Maureen McGovern, Debbie Boone, Tony Tennille, Peter Erskine and many others. He obviously picked up a few things about making exquisite melodies because he does them with the precision of the fingers of a Waterford Crystal’s craftsman. The chord progressions are so finely quilted that you never see the seams. All the elements work together without a note out of place.

Smoothjazz.com Review

Accomplished and Inspired!
At age 12 people were noticing Daniel Lucca Parenti (D-Lucca). His high school music teacher was so impressed with his ability to read music he gave him a bass guitar and told him that if he could learn to play it over the summer he would invite him to be in the jazz band. And so he did… the following years were filled with hard work, lessons and hours of practice. By 17 he had become an accomplished jazz, swing and rock bassist and continued his scholastic performance in college. At 19 he was chosen to be the bassist for Matt Catingub’s Copa Cat Pack Band with Concord Jazz Records. He has played with Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein (with both for four years), he has toured extensively playing jazz festivals all over the world, and recorded four CDs with Concord (two were Grammy-Nominees). This accomplished musician has also managed to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition. Today, D-Lucca is one of the top call bassists in San Francisco and is currently touring with keyboardist Terry Disley (Acoustic Alchemy). CRUISE CONTROL is his 2nd solo release to date; it’s filled with intriguing musical textures and introspective melodies and infused with cool and modern jazz sensibilities, as well as electronica influences. Adeptly featuring a variety of basses including 4 string piccolo and 5 string fretless, CRUISE CONTROL showcases this jazz impresario as deep and innovative with songs like “Distance From Life To Love,” “Cruise Control,” and “06” standing out for us. ~SANDY SHORE

Glenn Astarita

It’s easy to discern why the bassist known as D-Lucca is a first call, San Franc
Glenn Astarita

It’s easy to discern why the bassist known as D-Lucca is a first call, San Francisco Bay Area session ace. Now performing with keyboardist Terry Disley of Acoustic Alchemy notoriety, the artist has supported the late diva Rosemary Clooney and stints with various orchestras. But this electronics-hued album defines the artist’s strong compositional acumen to complement his solid chops and inventive e-bass frameworks.


He crosses that opaque border by churning out a blend of hardcore jazz-fusion with melodically attractive hooks. In addition, D-Lucca uses variable EFX techniques for texture and gusto during many of these pieces. Not sappy or over-baked, the album is largely built on pumping beats amid select tracks featuring Disley’s clustering electric piano chord progressions and breezy synth lines. D-Lucca’s bass arsenal is impressive here. And he shows a romantic side on the wistful piece titled “Baby.” Then with “Light Year,” he goes head-to-head with lead guitarist Lom Leber, where the musicians soar skyward via stinging choruses and a climactic finale.

Saxophonist Daniel Zim imparts a laid-back groove on “Light at the End of the Tunnel,” as D-Lucca consummates the festivities with a walking-bass pattern throughout the composition titled “R U Home Yet.” In a nutshell this album signifies an unanticipated musical highlight for 2007. Most importantly, D-Lucca shines as a formidable composer here. – Glenn Astarita

Additional information, visit: www. Dlucca.com

Bass Player Magazine

Parenti’s material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz.
Daniel Lucca Parenti

Cruise Control [D-Lucca]

Bay Area bassist Daniel Lucca Parenti’s biggest gig was touring behind jazz and pop vocal legend Rosemary Clooney for several recent years. His solo material, however, reveals an artist whose personal ambitions extend to modern, electronica-influenced sounds. Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, Parenti’s material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz. Great playing.