A powerhouse group including some of the Midwest’s finest improvisers, :beta collective uses a wide range of orchestration and textures to create a cinematic soundscape set to distinctive and forceful grooves.
“A better illustration of the marvelous balance Bruce and company strike between improvisation and compositional form would be hard to conceive”
-Ron Schepper, Textura
Highlight reel from an intimate performance at Negative Space Gallery
Tri-C Jazz Fest 2020 (virtual)
“...a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that is at the same time subtly discontent, searching for new expressions and willing to take some chances along the way”.
-Troy Dostert, All About Jazz
"...an exceptional concept record that explores the notion of respecting the genre’s architects while also feeling empowered enough to forge ahead within its own path".
-Imran Mirza, UK Vibe
Video for the title track from the new album,
Mind the Mystics
Chris Anderson- trombone
Chris Coles-alto sax, tenor sax, vocoder
Brad Wagner- soprano sax, tenor sax, bass clarinet
Theron Brown- keys, melodica
Will Wedmedyk- vibraphone
All About Jazz Review- Troy Dostert (4 stars)
"...a generous, accessible sound with an exploratory edge, Bruce brings a finely-polished technique that is at the same time subtly discontent, searching for new expressions and willing to take some chances along the way." For full review follow the link below.
"A better illustration of the marvelous balance Bruce and company strike between improvisation and compositional form would be hard to conceive."
All About Jazz- Friedrich Kunzmann
"It lies within the variables of tone, technique, production and composition, that the artist develops and ultimately defines his personal approach and can consequently stick out from the mass. While certainly all of the above mentioned elements receive a personalized and unique treatment on Earthshine, it is most of all the compositional aspect, that makes this collective's offering a truly special one."
Interview about Midwest CD release tour
Jazztrail- Filipe Freitas
"Bruce smartly eschews overcomplicated procedures on Earthshine. He rather plays slick and tight, punching out inviting textures with an irresistible flexibility...an extremely pleasurable work."
Dan Bruce is interviewed about the CD release tour by Stephan Haluska at Cool Cleveland
Chicago Jazz Magazine- Jeff Cebulski
"Bruce, who has crafted a strong reputation based on his nuanced support for many well-known jazz artists, has deftly progressed into a fine composer and leader"
Jazz Weekly- George Harris
"Chicago based guitarist and composer Dan Bruce puts together an impressive collective of musicians that mix ESP-era post bop with rich grooves."
Jazz Station- Arnaldo Desouteiro
Interview w/Jeff Cebulski for Chicago Jazz Magazine
Interview about CD release at Constellation in Chicago
Aquarian Weekly- Mike Greenblatt
"Bruce has amalgamated a crew/sound/vision to ram through his ambitious theme of “order and chaos at the forefront."
Jazz Podium (Germany)- Alexander Schmitz
Improvijazzation Nation- Dick Metcalf
"...one of the strongest sextet sets I’ve listened to in a good long while!"