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The Daniel Criado Project

The Daniel Criado Project

Internship

Self-Released

Daniel Criado is an ace drummer whose impeccable skills have taken him to international gigs, namely in South America and Asia. He’s also performed live throughout the U.S. Without a doubt, his technique and style are worthy of admiration. Of all the musical genres, jazz is definitely among the most scrutinized in terms of instrumental ability — certainly, this isn’t rock, wherein flash can disguise flawed or simplistic musicianship.

At the risk of appearing snobbish (I’m really not), jazz generally has fairly high standards. Criado proves his drumming is powerful enough to impress even those who are not educated enough to recognize every nuance. And, in the end, the ability to cross over into the general public should be a goal for any musician as it broadens and expands the fan base.

So it is with new single “Internship.” Criado is aptly supported by Joe Stelluti on tenor sax, trumpeter Max Darche, and bassist Frank Tate. On “Internship,” the group seems focused on generating a breathless amount of energy, namely fueled by the sweltering intensity of Criado’s drumming. There’s a live feel to the performance. Criado’s drumming hits hard. He used Canopus Drums and Bosphorus Cymbals in this recording, and the quality of their sound matches his artistry. Together, they create a sensational, pulsating rhythm.

I’m mesmerized by how they jam together. Criado has collaborated with Grammy-winning artists such as David DeJesus and pianist Manuel Valera. “Internship” is a prime example of why.

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