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The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau – Compiled by Jazzanova & Trujillo

Daniel Grau has recorded nine legendary LPs between 1974 and 1983. Just for the fun of it Grau asked some of the musicians who frequented the studio on a regular basis to use the free studio time to record some own songs and compositions under the name of “La Orquestra De Daniel Grau”. The fist two albums from 1974 and 1976, released under this moniker, already display perfectly what an adept composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass and keyboards) Grau was and still is. The influences and references, which characterize his entire, short and Venezuela-only career, are unmistakeable: North American Fusion Jazz, orchestral Bossa Nova and Latin American funk in the sense of Eumir Deodato and Sérgio Mendes.Daniel Grau’s variety of musical styles doesn’t end here though. At the end of the 1970’s he moved more and more towards disco music and incorporated what we today all call Cosmic Disco. And it’s exactly this scene, which started to become a worldwide movement about ten years ago, which embraces now the forgotten work by Grau and numbers his nine albums among the “holy grails” of this genre. Jazzanova member Claas Brieler was aware of this when he visited Caracas in 2012 as part of the cultural exchange programme by the prestigious Goethe Institute. Together with befriended Venezuelan DJ Trujillo all the stops were pulled to make Daniel Grau’s music accessible to a worldwide audience. In close dialogue with the by-now 64-years-old Daniel Grau the show case compilation at hand was compiled. As a CD release it encompasses 27 of the best tracks out of Grau’s archive. The vinyl edition confines itself over two LPs to the 15 tracks that are the most danceable. On both formats you find a new composition (“To Night”). More than thirty years after his last official release Daniel Grau returns with “To Night” and looks ahead confidently.

“I like it all. A wonderful and weird trip into a musical world of its very own that was hidden from the world for too long. Impressive!” – Gerd Janson

“It’s an honour and a deep pleasure to be remixing the Venezuelan disco godfather Daniel Grau, I’ve been a fan for many years. So glad his music now has a chance to reach the masses instead of the lucky few that owned the precious original gems.” – Danny McLewin, Psychemagik

“Two Wonderfully enchanting versions from the camp of Daniel and Jules taken from the exceptional retrospective of the works the Venezuelan master ‘The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau” Essential!!” – Ray Mang

“Spacey , like it a lot, Daniel Wang & Jules reworks are great….my cup of tea…full support.” – Michael Reinboth, Compost Recordings

“Whole album full of surprises, always on the edge to “cheesy” but then again pure niceness!.” – Michael Rütten, Soul Patrol

” Great find and splendid mixes by Daniel Wang & Jules Etienne. Will play these.” – Peter Kruder

“Love the remix of “Robot Magico”… very playable. Originals versions are nice as well. quality package, looking forward to hearing more.” – Francois K