Dean Peer is internationally recognized for his use of bass harmonics. His album UCROSS, released in 1991, was the first completely solo electric bass album in worldwide distribution. It was hailed by Stereophile magazine as an audiophile classic, and Bass Player magazine called UCROSS an extravaganza of ringing notes, chords and clusters, rating the bass performance an “A”.
His 1994 album, Travelogue, was called “one of the best records of the year” by Jazz Times, and features contributions on saxophones by Paul McCandless. Stereophile Magazine wrote of Peer’s third release,Think… It’s All Good, “On first listen you want more, and the more you turn up the volume, the more there is to hear.”
Dean’s latest recording, AIRBORNE, is a bass and drum duet featuring Bret Mann on percussion. It was released in 2010 on ILS Records, in association with Cardas Audio. Avguide.com reviewed AIRBORNE, calling Dean “a remarkable solo artist on his chosen instrument, with a dazzling array of playing techniques at his disposal. . . seemingly limitless chops, and—most importantly—a wealth of inventive musical ideas to express.”
Dean has been the recipient of many awards, including the ASCAP Annual Popular Music Award and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.