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John Patterson

Producer/The Award Winning River Raisin Jazz Festival

Playing music from my NEW friend Daniel Domenge on "Jazz, Up Front" this morning! This talented Jazz guitarist from the South of France, is fast becoming a favorite of mine...hope you like him too!

Bernie Scott

President-CEO / Scott & Company Music Group, Inc.CEO / American Smooth Jazz AwardsFounder-Producer / Smooth Jazz at South Shore

I am a big fan of guitarist Daniel Domenge from Marsillargues, France. Today, I received a copy of Daniel's new CD "Lost in My Thoughts." Have to tell you---it's another winner. Love it. Thanks for sending, Daniel. I will have this worn out by week's end

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Showcase CD Patchwork

From Montpellier located in the wine-producing southern regions of France and just a short distance from the Mediterranean coast comes guitarist Daniel Domenge. With a style influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino and inspired by others such as George Benson and Chuck Loeb, Domenge has played professionally for some 20 years or so. Having performed with a variety of bands while recording and arranging for national and local radio, it was about three years ago that Domenge decided to record a smooth project, which has just recently been completed. It's been said, you can't rush a good thing and the wisdom in this saying is now particularly evident with Domenge and his cd, entitled Patchwork. Although in truth the title is well chosen, it may also be a bit misleading as, even though the project is comprised of a variety of seemingly incongruous parts, Domenge knits the pieces together with the skill of a seasoned artisan!

For the album, Domenge wanted to combine retro sounds like the Rhodes piano, the Hammond keys, and wa-wa guitar with some current styles. Additionally, he very nicely melds the Euro-vibe with many of the finer elements of the smooth scene - so suffice it to say the result is a highly impressive debut!

Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey

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When one is raised in the vineyard region of France, one is bound to "hear" Jazz in a different way. That's the beauty of this show - to introduce those various interpretations of how Jazz is heard.

JI love that I have known the gifted contemporary guitarist, Daniel Domenge, for a few years now. His debut album, "Patchwork", did exceptionally well when it was released in 2008. And there have been some worn grooves on that CD - and I take responsibility for wearing them out!

Now, let us clarify: Daniel may have had his first project just a few years ago - but he has been working and honing his skills for years. Not only on French stages, but also via writing arrangements and recording jingles for local and national radio stations. He has a home studio that produced that lush sound that you hear on "Patchwork" - and he kept a key element of that debut's success on his new work, "...Lost In My Thoughts."

Reynald Evrard is not only the drums and percussion artist on Daniel's latest, but he also recorded and mixed the tracks. And the result is pure joy; what appears to be a solemn promise by way of CD cover is actually a window into the soul of serene contemplation and more than a bit of nostalgia - heard and translated through the ears/fingers of a world class artist. Whose inspirations, by the way, clearly demonstrate why Daniel is so amazing. Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, George Benson and Pat Martino will do that to you!

French guitarist Daniel Domenge from Languedoc-Roussillon released in 2008 his debut album Patchwork. Now he is back with his new smooth jazz project entitled Lost In My Thoughts (2013).

He performs on this album guitars, vocals and keyboards and is joined by Emmanuel Beer (organ, electric pianos, Clavinet) and Reynald Evrard (additional drums & percussions programming), who already supported him on his first album. New in the team is Xavier Cortazar on bass.

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Album cover and title of the CD associate somber music. This impression is, however, refuted by the warm-hearted pieces. Domenge introduces with the melodic Between Your Hands into his new project. In the center is the brilliant guitar performance, who leads the melody with all nuances.

Back To The Past offers a funky attitude with great vintage effects. On the title song Domengue increases the intimacy through the use of jazz brushes. Vibraphone and organ underline this impression. With On The Wave comes the popular shuffle beat to advantage.

The relaxed attitude continues on Head In The Clouds with Daniel's humming in the style of George Benson. Always To Run comes along with a funky note always strong in the smooth jazz genre. When Domengue builds his guitar solo, he really shines. But he also impresses with captivating melodies such as the sunny Have A Good Day. The oil in the gearbox are however his accompanying musicians who deliver a fantastic performance.

Little self-promotion for his country with French Connection is also allowed. Asian instrumented cannot describe well Asian Dream. More likely takes Domengue this idea as a starting point to a further guitar interpretation. Latin Flavours is exactly what the title promises. Domengue's guitar solo is top-notch.

Lost In My Thoughts is a unified whole without being boring. For guitar fans a real treat.

www.jazzlynx.net

Showcase CD Patchwork

From Montpellier located in the wine-producing southern regions of France and just a short distance from the Mediterranean coast comes guitarist Daniel Domenge. With a style influenced by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino and inspired by others such as George Benson and Chuck Loeb, Domenge has played professionally for some 20 years or so. Having performed with a variety of bands while recording and arranging for national and local radio, it was about three years ago that Domenge decided to record a smooth project, which has just recently been completed. It's been said, you can't rush a good thing and the wisdom in this saying is now particularly evident with Domenge and his cd, entitled Patchwork. Although in truth the title is well chosen, it may also be a bit misleading as, even though the project is comprised of a variety of seemingly incongruous parts, Domenge knits the pieces together with the skill of a seasoned artisan!

For the album, Domenge wanted to combine retro sounds like the Rhodes piano, the Hammond keys, and wa-wa guitar with some current styles. Additionally, he very nicely melds the Euro-vibe with many of the finer elements of the smooth scene - so suffice it to say the result is a highly impressive debut!

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European smooth jazz at its best, December 19, 2009 This album is smooth jazz at its best. Make no mistakes Daniel Domenge is a fine guitarman and songwriter out of France ready to play "major leagues", unfortunately his work hasn't grabbed too much attention in the States. His technique reminisces of Chuck Loeb but the style is clearly his own with beautiful riffs and fresh armonies.

"Patchwork" is an awesome cd from beginning to end. The title track, "Smoothjames" and "Nonchalance" could be excellent singles to get serious airplay in any american radio station dedicated to the genre but then again this fine work has been largely unnoticed by them.

"Influences" is another outstanding track with an awesome Hammond B3 solo played by Thierry Gautier. Emmanuel Beer in Hammond B3 and Rhodes electric piano and Bruno Monard, drums, back up with high level of musicianship all the songs of this album.

The production excels quality and Reynald Evrard who also plays drum and percussion programming is the reponsible for that providing a remarkable recording, mixing and mastering. Daniel Domenge proves that Europe is no stranger to superlative smooth jazz and given the right exposure this artist should be a great surprise for the smooth jazz fan at heart.

By Charlie Trece (Los Angeles) Music Director

Smoothjazz.com (radio)

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Smooth Jazz is a universal language around the world. Take guitarist Daniel Domenge as an example, who resides in Languedoc-Roussillon… the large vineyard region is one of the 26 regions that make up France. The world-class guitarist has played professionally for some 20 years… his passion for Smooth Jazz finally drove him to record his debut album PATCHWORK.

This flawless recording features a tantalizing return to retro influences, yet the beats and rhythms are cutting edge contemporary.

Daniel’s guitar work is buoyed by Fender Rhodes and Hammond B3 accents as he funkifies the audio environment with a ‘wah wah’ effect and alluring vocal accents. Three years in the making, PATCHWORK features exceptional performances from all contributing musicians and polished off by engineer Reynald Evrard.

All of the songs are stunning… my favorites include the attention-grabbing, “Smoothjames,” the Pat Menthy-esque “Influences,” and the smooth and loungey “Last Summer.” This French guitarist speaks fluent Smooth Jazz!

~SANDY SHORE @

Smoothjazznow.com

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Daniel Domenge Creates His Own Patchwork

June 17, 2009 - Daniel Domenge is a genuine outsider to the international Smooth Jazz stage. Coming from Southern France, most well known for its great wine tradition and its appealing summer resorts, the French guitarist came up with his first CD, “Patchwork” released last year.

A talented self-taught guitarist, composer and producer, Domenge has been working as a professional musician for more than 20 years. He has always had a musical curiosity, that made him play various genres (blues, funk, rock, jazz, French music) with a lot of musicians, mainly in France. He has also recorded and arranged jingles for radio stations and TV shows. .

Domenge found out smooth and contemporary jazz by listening to guitar stars such as George Benson, Larry Carlon, Lee Ritenour. His main source of inspiration came from Chuck Loeb’s famous track «The Music Inside». The French guitarist got hooked up to Loeb and bought all his albums. They became friends through the Web. The French musician, who is on Loeb’s My Space’s Top Friends, eventually met Loeb when he performed at the Marciac Jazz Festival in February 2009.

As a craftsman, Domenge worked on his self-released debut album “Patchwork” between 2005 and 2007 in his home studio and finished the composition process by early 2008. He then called three of his friends to record the various keyboards and drums sounds entailed in the album (Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond B3 organ and drum programming loops). He then recorded the definitive guitar sounds and refined the musical arrangements with French drummer and producer Reynald Evraux who took part to the CD’s mixing and mastering.

And the result is a conclusive musical “Patchwork” featuring a touch of smooth jazz, funk, soul and latin blues with Domenge’s own voice and great “wah-wah” guitar effects on several tracks. The album features beautiful melodies and outstanding musical arrangements. The first track “Smoothjames” became a hit in 2009, as it started to be played by various radio stations worldwide. The album’s eight tracks are really dashing and Domenge has joined the limited club of guitarists with a genuine smooth jazz coolness.

The success of “Patchwork” on world contemporary jazz radio stations has encouraged the musician to start to work on his second awaited album during this summer. Domenge will start touring this autumn. The guitar craftsmanship displayed in “Patchwork” definitively gets the French musician closer to the guitar stars who where sources of inspiration for him: Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, George Benson, Pat Metheny and Chuck Loeb among others. - by Akbar Nour

smooth-jazz.de

Some critics define smooth jazz as universal language around the world, which is absolutely true. But we shouldn't underestimate the French influence. Take for example the brilliant keyboard player Philippe Saisse, or the guitarist Emmanuel Abiteboul, better known as U-NAM, furthermore guitarist Marc Antoine, who turned out to be a real globetrotter.

But let's concentrate on guitarist Daniel Domengue, who calls the French city Languedoc-Roussillon his home and musical center. During the years 2007/2008 he recorded his debut album Patchwork. Daniel was supported by his friends Emmanuel Beer (Hammond B3 & Rhodes electric piano), Bruno Monard (drums), Thierry Gautier (organ solo on Influences) and Reynald Evrard (additional drums & percussion programming), who also recorded, mixed and mastered the album.

The album begins with Smoothjames, a delicate guitar piece presenting Daniel's elegant loops. I admit, since my first George Benson albums I love the sound of this guitar. But hey, Daniel Domenge is on top of the game and provides some nice acoustic surprises. That can mainly be put down to the very intelligent keyboards accompany.

Cool presents Daniel in an uplifting mood humming along his guitar performance. Daniel has written all the songs on this album and his arrangements are really superb. Emmanuel Beer shines on Rhodes piano. The interplay between all instruments is extremely perfect and when we speak about flow, this music deserves that attribute.

The French word Nonchalance means care freeness or casual lack of concern. An attitude to life, which the French calls "savoir vivre". Indeed Daniel's music expresses this kind of laid back mood in a brilliant way. This is entertainment pure. The background sounds are sometimes a question of taste but wake you up before you fall into dreams.

The title song shows more of Daniel's professional treat of his guitar. He combines several approaches to play the guitar to a multi-colored layer creating a fantastic hook. Daniel chose the title Influences for the next song in total awareness. Daniel is influenced by many smooth jazz guitarists from Wes Montgomery, Chuck Loeb to Paul Jackson Jr. and Steve Laury. Structure and performance of the song evoke memories of the late guitarist Joe Pass. Thierry Gautier's organ support underlines this atmosphere.

Next One est une petite pause sur les airs précédents. Alors que Daniel a un lien fort avec le passé, sa représentation est très contemporaine. Mais n'est ce pas plus décent contrairement à certaines interprétations d'autres guitaristes? J'aime cette méthode douce.

Superb is also the contrast between, jazz, funk and smooth jazz on Watercolour, which are first confronted and the melted. The album finishes with a glimpse to Daniel's impressions of Last Summer. There is perhaps some melancholy or nostalgia in the air. The brief mention of steel pans conjures associations of Martinique.Patchwork is an pleasurable album which entertained me from start to end. I hope Daniel has enough ideas for further albums of such quality.







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