Daniel Sadownick

Percussion For Your Recordings

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Percussionist and Beat Programmer for Taylor Swift, Norah Jones, The Roots, Michael Brecker and Steely Dan providing excellent Percussion and Beats for your Songs/Album.

My name is Daniel and I have been a percussionist and Beat Programmer for 30 years, recording and on the road with Taylor Swift, Jewel, Joe Bonamassa, Steely Dan, Norah Jones, Steven Van Zandt (Little Steven), Bette Midler, Al Green, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Maxwell, Coheed & Cambria and many others. I will record perfect percussion tracks for your songs or album. I am also a skilled Drum Programmer and I will deliver you perfectly edited, mixed Beats for you.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Daniel Sadownick
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • The Vision
  • John Ellis
  • Andy Bragen
  • Philippe & Gabriel
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Little Steven
  • Norah Jones
  • Jane Monheit
  • Jane Monheit
  • Oz Noy
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials
  • Natalie Imbruglia
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
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  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Etienne Charles
  • Etienne Charles
  • Etienne Charles
  • Tomás Doncker
  • Tomás Doncker
  • Jewel
  • Jewel
  • Jewel
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Simphonie Orchester Basel
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Lael Summer
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Maya Azucena
  • Maxwell
  • Gordon Chambers
  • Taylor Swift
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart
  • Christine Vaindirlis
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Okou
  • Al Jarreau
  • Fito & Fitipaldis
  • Willy Catt
  • Willy Catt
  • James Silberstein
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Nicholas Payton
  • David Fiuczynski
  • David Fiuczynski
  • David Fiuczynski
  • Al Green
  • Tim Warfield
  • Tim Warfield
  • Tim Warfield
  • Alex Sipiagin
  • Alex Sipiagin
  • Earth Jazz Agents
  • Earth Jazz Agents
  • Morley
  • Morley
  • Daniel Sadownick
  • Daniel Sadownick
  • ism
  • Kyra Gaunt
  • Morris Robinson
  • The Baby Loves Jazz Band
  • Marlene Rice
  • Gordon Chambers
  • Monday Michiru
  • Kendra Ross
  • Eric Person
  • Eric Person
  • Eisa Davis
  • Eran James
  • David Hazeltine
  • David Hazeltine
  • Nestor Torres
  • Nestor Torres
  • Kyoto Jazz Massive
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Jack DeJohnette
  • Ron Carter
  • Danny Sadownick
  • Lucky Peterson
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Jack DeJohnette
  • Ron Carter
  • Danny Sadownick
  • Lucky Peterson
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Jack DeJohnette
  • Ron Carter
  • Danny Sadownick
  • Lucky Peterson
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
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  • Ayọ
  • Ayọ
  • Juliette Gréco
  • Mark Elf
  • Mark Elf
  • Jazzhole
  • Fito & Fitipaldis
  • Pat Martino
  • Pat Martino
  • Janice Friedman
  • Janice Friedman
  • Pamela Luss
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
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  • Marlon Saunders
  • Soulive
  • Morley
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Angie Stone
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Janita
  • Hollins Steele
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Raul Midón
  • Angie Stone
  • Sherri Roberts
  • Sherri Roberts
  • Sonic Trance
  • Nicholas Payton
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  • Jon Cleary
  • Philippe Saisse Acoustique Trio
  • Martha Redbone
  • Martha Redbone
  • Spyro Gyra
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  • Leni Stern
  • Jonathan Townes
  • Jonathan Townes
  • Marlon Saunders
  • David Fiuczynski
  • David Fiuczynski
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  • David Fiuczynski
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Nicholas Payton
  • Michael Weiss
  • Christian McBride
  • Michael Brecker
  • Michael Brecker
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Donald Brown
  • Monday Michiru
  • Nestor Torres
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Dennis Chambers
  • Frank London
  • Ned Otter
  • LiveArt
  • LiveArt
  • Toshi Reagon
  • Abenaa
  • Abenaa
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  • Donald Brown
  • Mark Soskin
  • Mark Soskin
  • David Fiuczynski
  • David Fiuczynski
  • Syleena Johnson
  • Syleena Johnson
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  • Syleena Johnson
  • Alana Davis
  • Dean Brown
  • Dean Brown
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  • Incognito
  • Incognito
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
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  • Love Seed Mama Jump
  • Angie Stone
  • Mathilde Santing
  • Marty Thomas
  • Nestor Torres
  • Nestor Torres
  • Melvin Rhyne
  • George Coleman
  • David Fiuczynski
  • Khaled
  • Khaled
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Carolyn Leonhart
  • Steely Dan
  • Steely Dan
  • Nelson Rangell
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Melvin Rhyne
  • LaMont Johnson
  • Joe Magnarelli
  • Maxwell
  • David Binney
  • From Good Homes
  • Nelson Rangell
  • David Yazbek
  • Yazbek
  • Vincent Herring
  • Frank London
  • Frank London
  • Julian Coryell
  • David Schumacher
  • Nelson Rangell
  • Joe Gallant
  • David Schumacher
  • David Schumacher
  • Kevin Hays
  • Kevin Hays
  • David Yazbek
  • Yazbek
  • David Yazbek
  • Yazbek
  • David Yazbek
  • Yazbek
  • Betty
  • Betty
  • Betty
  • Melvin Rhyne
  • Meshell Ndegeocello
  • Robert Miller
  • The Rake's Progress
  • Charles & Eddie
  • Dave Stryker
  • Denise Jannah
  • David Binney
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Screaming Headless Torsos
  • Steve Wilson
  • Carl Allen
  • Joe Magnarelli
  • LaVerne Butler
  • Vincent Herring
  • Lost Tribe
  • Jerry Weldon
  • Dewey Redman
  • Charles & Eddie
  • Donald Brown
  • Marla Mase
  • Defected Radio
  • Noah Haidu
  • Rene Lopez
  • Gabriel Carámbula
  • Glitterbox
  • Simon Dunmore
  • Seamus Haji
  • Gary Foote
  • Ryan Shaw
  • Sofi Bonde
  • Gedeon Luke & the People
  • Alan Grubner's Firelight Ensemble
  • The City Boys Allstars
  • Brady Rymer
  • Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could
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  • Dean Brown
  • S U M
  • Lisa Maxwell
  • Tomás Doncker
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64 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Justin
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    Amazingly fast delivery and perfect execution on our song! A+

  2. Review by Chris
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    You will not find a better drummer to work with. Strong communication. Usually ahead of schedule. Can you believe that? Ahead of schedule! Who does that?! His performances are strong and takes direction very well. Hire him now!

  3. Review by Giorgino
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    Amazing work. Made my song so much better!

  4. Review by Chris
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    Incredible drummer. Second to none. His confidence in his playing = 10. His flexibility = 10. His excellent communication skills = 11! I cannot give higher praise!

  5. Review by Q13
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    Daniel is amazing !!! He knows how to feeeeeeeeel what you want , so swiftly , he intuits so precisely, I am convinced he is tapped into a divine source of energy . I am not tormented by this song any more ! Yay 🔥 oh my gaw!!! I was really miserable 😩… without these big giant Amazonian Godzilla booms and bangs ooooh!!! That I needed … for this song . I was scheduled to master the song as it was … but I could not live with myself I couldn’t sleep or eat . I neeeded these thunderstorms drums.

  6. Review by Simon D.
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    Daniel is simply brilliant!! I gave him some suggestions but just left it in his hands. The percussion he added to my composition has lifted it to another level. Great to work with, no ego, down to earth. Thanks Daniel. Looking forward to working with you again!! Simon

  7. Review by Jayne M.
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    Daniel has done an AMAZING job. Efficient and very affordable. He has been so professional and patient throughout the whole process. Very skilled and quick in helping to create my song better than I could have expected it to be. I would recommend Daniel highly to anyone.. Thankyou ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️🙏🙏🙏

  8. Review by Francis L.
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    Daniel's approach to my song was very well thought out and organized. The percussion he added to my song really made it shine.

  9. Review by Kamalesh P.
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    Daniel did a great job. His work is high quality, accurate, and prompt. Looking forward to working with him again.

  10. Review by Jay S.
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    Wow, really nice, super fast, really creative, very happy!

  11. Review by Kwun
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    Always a pleasure to work with Daniel! A top class percussionist who delivers perfect parts each time. I've lost count of how many times we've worked together now. Would absolutely recommend Daniel, and I look forward to our next project.

  12. Review by Sam A.
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    Not only is Daniel a phenomenal percussionist, he's responsive, delivers on time and gets the job done to a fantastic standard. Looking forward to working with him again!

  13. Review by Adam Ben Amitai
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    Daniel Is an amazing musician, He got exactly what the song needed on delivered it. on time

  14. Review by Adam Ben Amitai
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    Unbelievable musician, super nice, speedy delivery! Thanks a lot!

  15. Review by Ravi Athripathri
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    Great talent, love to work with him again, very quick, understanding and professional.took my song to next level.
    In short Lucifer will feel jealous of his music skills.

  16. Review by Kwun
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    Another fantastic job completed with Daniel. Daniel has become my ‘go-to’ percussionist, and for good reason! I believe he’s one of the best out there, and I encourage you to check out his work. Always the consummate professional, delivering creative, energetic and well recorded percussion parts. He instinctually knows what your track needs.

    Thanks Daniel. It’s been a pleasure as always.

  17. Review by JJ ✪
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    Quick turn around, very professional quality track. Daniel delivered what I needed and in record time. Will be back!

  18. Review by Skylar Astin
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    Daniel was both incredibly timely and creative. He clearly wanted to get my song right as much as I did, and gave me more than what I needed. Would recommend!

  19. Review by JB
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    Daniel is "That Guy" A true Pro!

  20. Review by Gabriel Self
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    super quick, nice to work with! Definitely recommend..

  21. Review by Ted Lauck
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    Once again, Daniel delivered above and beyond! This was our third song and he's always great at translating my broad percussion descriptions into killer sounds from his arsenal of instruments. Quick turnaround and always bringing a creative touch to the table, you can't go wrong!

  22. Review by Sil
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    Daniel provided amazingly performed & arranged percussion tracks on our song. Communication was strong and delivery was very fast!

  23. Review by Chris
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    Daniel is a great performer with an exceptional sense of customer service. Highly recommend!

  24. Review by Matt B.
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    Daniel was professional, quick, and exceeded my expectations - highly recommended if you need pro-quality drums and percussion!

  25. Review by Chris
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    Daniel is great to work with. Communicative, pro-actively helpful and a strong performer. I highly recommend.

  26. Review by Artem
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    The coolest percussion tracks I've ever heard! Awesome!

  27. Review by Phil Parker
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    Daniel did an excellent job giving the subtle percussion touches to my project. He turned the project around very quickly and gave me very detailed info on the stems so I could save time on the mix. I'll work with him again.

  28. Review by Pablo P
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    Daniel once again blows my mind on his abilities to feel exactly where percussive elements fit and move a song, not too much, not too little just the right amount.

  29. Review by Ted Lauck
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    Daniel is an extremely skilled and versatile drummer/percussionist! Coordinating with him was fast and efficient, and he delivered far beyond my expectations. His percussion added a ton of character and grooviness to my track. We're already planning to do another song.

  30. Review by Kwun
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    2nd project in 2 days with Daniel! He nailed it first time with a beautiful arrangement and with no direction from me at all this time! Super quick turnaround too. Thanks Daniel! I look forward to the next project!

  31. Review by Kwun
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    Daniel always delivers incredible sounding tracks. This is the 2nd time I’ve worked with Daniel in 2 consecutive months (with a 3rd project due for completion soon). Daniel plays with a flair, energy and creativity that transforms my songs every time! Impeccably played and perfectly recorded tracks, it’s a pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. I would absolutely recommend his services.

  32. Review by Joshua Alan Silver
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    Daniel arranged a fantastic Latin beat for my song. With minimal direction, he delivered a product that ebbs and flows with the music and gives the song a real flair. He is a great percussionist who understands musical dynamics and knows where and how to place the percussive elements to make a song soar. I highly recommend him.

  33. Review by Kwun
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    Daniel is an outstanding percussionist. Creative, energetic, and precise is what comes to mind. His musicality is something you’d look for in any musician. With minimal direction, Daniel really understood the spirit of the song, and recorded a number of impeccable tracks, which needed very little editing. He nailed it first time round, no revisions required!
    Daniel is highly professional and easy to work with. I would 100% recommend him and look forward to working with him again. Thanks Daniel.

  34. Review by Sakelya Bea
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    Daniel was absolutely amazing! I gave him a hard task and he completed it within a timely manner with high quality! I never met anyone so understanding and patient! I will definitely be working with Daniel again. I wish I would have met him years ago!!!!

  35. Review by George
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    Daniel was great! He put in the extra mile and worked on my drums until they fit perfectly. Thanks Daniel!

  36. Review by Ezra Gale
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    2nd time hiring Daniel for a track, and 2nd time being blown away and happy with what he laid down. What he does is so grooving and musical it hardly takes any editing afterwards and just makes everything sound better.

  37. Review by Myra
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    Daniel did an amazing job with making a beat for me! He made sure to match the sound I was looking for and the effort he put into it really shows. He worked hard to make my vision come to life. I'm in love with what he's made for me and will definitely reach out to him in the future. Thank you Daniel!

  38. Review by Kevin S.
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    Worked well and cares for the product and music in general. Easy to work with and definetly great quality.

  39. Review by Bryant T.
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    Daniel operates at a very high level of professionalism.
    I love the energy, vibe, precision, and groove that he contributed to my project! To top it off his communication is awesome!

  40. Review by Barrett D.
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    Daniel was very professional and kind. He listened to my feedback and made my music sound better

  41. Review by Dan b.
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    Daniel did an amazing job playing percussion on my track! Total pro from start to finish in every aspect! Really pushed the track to the next level, highly recommended!

  42. Review by David Lee
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    Great tight player with good sounding percussion

  43. Review by Ezra Gale
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    Daniel is amazing. He played in the legendary band KONK (early 80's punk-funk-Latin madness), but if that's not good enough for you, he added the perfect percussion (congas, bells, shakers, etc) to an electro-afrobeat track I was working on. The best part is he's so musical- he really plays to the song and arrangement- that I didn't have to do any editing afterwards, it all just sounded great. Highly recommend him.

  44. Review by Torstein Nipe
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    It's been a great pleasure to work with Daniel on several projects. He knows exactly what the song needs, and is a consummate professional. I hope to work with him again soon!

  45. Review by bitchGOD
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    I can hardly find stupid words to explain my reaction to the end result of choosing to work with Daniel..... OMFG!!!!!TIGHT!!!! (listening now)
    He is masterful.... truly inspired percussionist!!!
    We conjured up the spirit I have dreamt of for this song. it is SO WILD.
    TOTALLY HIT THE MARK...KILLED IT! Beautiful, SULTRY drums OMG! He has a very cool vibe that comes through in his communication, laid back, and easy going and fun to work with it. LOL! thank you! DANIEL 😍 YOU ARE DOPE.

  46. Review by Pablo P
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    5 Stars are NOT enough, I add ***** more stars

    Look its simple- PERCUSSION and the art of Percussion takes incredible musical knowledge, historical understanding, with the touch and feel of a house cat and the lion. When you find someone who has it all you have found a jewel. An artist that understands the five different rhythms and has respect for them all, then applies them to your song HALLELUJAH

    Daniel is that Jewel

    Will I use D again and again and again ... 200%

  47. Review by David
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    Daniel was GREAT to work with! Super talented and a really easy to work with. He was great to collaborate with, invested a lot into the project, has a great ear and knew how to help add another layer to the song. Highly recommended!

  48. Review by Carl
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    It's not easy to find the right musician.

    He needs the technical skills, but also and even more important... he needs to know what exactly to play.

    Daniel has the skills AND the feeling, so you're OK with him. :-)

  49. Review by Sana
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    Great reactivity and professionalism

  50. Review by Torstein Nipe
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    Daniel delivered percussion tracks that tied the song together and brought life into it. It now feels complete, and it really didn't before. I can't tell you how happy I am with his work, and I'm looking forward to the next one.

  51. Review by Bart D.
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    I can't praise enough!
    Daniel exceeded my expectations.
    He was proffesional and dedicated.
    Very easy to work with and with great communication skills.
    I don't have to mention that the song sounds amazing now.
    I'll be back with more songs for sure!

  52. Review by Stéphane F.
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    Great Professional!
    Daniel has proved to be adaptable, patient, and productive.
    This was not a simple task, hence pushing the job towards a story of back and forth.
    Hopefully Daniel used his persistent professionalism to successfully delivered the files with the right specifications I asked.
    I would gladly recommend him! Thank you!

  53. Review by Joshua // Sound West Studios
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    I contacted Daniel about adding percussion to a progressive rock/metal track I am working on, and he did not disappoint! He performed the Udu drums very well and got a good sound out of them. He's also efficient and a good communicator. Happy on my end, cheers!

  54. Review by Greg O.
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    Great to work with, super pro and on top of it all a fantastic communicator at every step of the process. A pleasure thru and thru and most importantly, it sounds great.

  55. Review by Carl Culley
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    Daniel is a magician! In such a short amount of time, Daniel not only met, but exceeded my expectations. He added such personality & character to my track while extracting exactly what I was asking for. I will absolutely return to him for my songs, and highly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their music!

  56. Review by Gil G.
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    Daniel is incredible. I expected something good but he gave perfection. I plan to use him many times in the future.

  57. Review by Mendy Portnoy
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    Daniel is a real professional and a pleasure to work with - attention to detail, good communicator and gets the job done quickly. Highly recommended!

  58. Review by Viktor J.
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    In need of world class percussion for your song? Look no further; Daniel is one of the grooviest and musical persons I've ever come in contact with. Just check his amazing resumé. He gave my song exactly what it needed, with percussion that built beautifully throughout the arrangement and really glued the rhythm section together in a way I couldn't even imagine was possible. He's very communicative and dig this: I had the files within 48 h! I'm looking forward to working with Daniel again soon.

  59. Review by Harreson Mayers
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    I used Daniel on nearly every track on my album because he brings a rhythmic quality to my songs I didn't even realize they needed until AFTER he played on them, making the songs raise to another level of groove. I tried several other percussionists but none even came close to the groove Daniel brought to my songs. If you want the best, even if you are not sure what your song/s need, Daniel is your man! He is also extremely efficient & well organized.

  60. Review by Yaron Fuchs
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    I have had the privilege of working with many of the worlds finest musicians. Danny certainly fits this profile. Not only does Danny have impeccable time, groove and feel; Danny’s parts have soul. His keen percussion arraignments bring any song to a higher level. I highly recommend him for any project.

  61. Review by Dan Zank
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    Danny has been my first-call guy for numerous film and tv sessions over the past years. He's an incredibly talented and creative musician that never ceases to amaze with his energy and ability to breathe life into any track. No matter what I ask of him, from straight-up pocket/groove playing to world music to ambient effects to playing a luggage cart with his hands (true story), Danny will elevate any music he performs on. There's no one I could more highly recommend.

  62. Review by Steven Wolf
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    Danny is one of the best musicians on the planet...period.
    I'm fortunate to work with many of the world's top percussionists...and while they're all great, if I could only call one of them for a session, it would be Danny.
    He has it all...sound, feel, chops, taste, musicality, sensitivity, expansive musical vocabulary, and exceptional versatility, which is built on decades of working with iconic artists in every genre imaginable. He's also a great person...incredibly easy to work with, and reliable.
    I highly recommend Danny! Count yourself lucky, if he plays on your project.

  63. Review by Rob Bargad
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    Mr. Sadownick is simply THE best accompanist I know of. He brings to every song and every artist he works with the most tasteful, soulful, knowledgeable and groovy ACCOMPANIMENT. His expertise really needs no additional endorsement other than the A-list of acts he has worked with, not to mention the countless projects I personally have hired him to play on during our more than 30 year association. His studio tracks come fast and flawless, giving the music just what it needs. He is one of the classiest, most reliable and most supportive musicians you could ever hope to work with.

    Rob Bargad

  64. Review by MARC D SWERSKY
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    I have had the greatest pleasure of producing countless records with Danny as my go to percussionist. I will say this with 1000% confidence, When you hire Danny Sadownick you're hiring GLUE. He will glue together your tracks in either the most subtle manner or like a sledgehammer, it's all about what the song needs. On top of that, he's one of the finest people I know and his ability to work with people of all levels is unmatched.

    This is one artist you never have to worry won't bring the best out of your entire session.

    Marc Swersky

Interview with Daniel Sadownick

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: When I played on Michael Brecker's Grammy Winning album called "Wide Angles". Ever since I was a teen I had been listening to fusion greats like Michael and Billy Cobham, Return To Forever, Weather Report. I must have played Billy Cobham's album "Crosswinds" a thousand times when I was a kid. To hear Michael's beautiful solo on Heather used to make me tear up. And then, twenty years later, with hard work I was able to grace the stage with Mike and to be on this beautiful album alongside Antonio Sanchez, John Patitucci, Gil Goldstein, etc.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Writing compositions for my next album.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Analog to listen to (such as vinyl, etc.) Digital for recording. So many advancements have been made to make it easier for artists to record and to get their music across by means of many social mediums.

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: To provide the best percussion tracks you ever heard. And, to deliver them on time.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: I love everything about being a musician and recording artist. The friendships that I have made along the way, the experience of traveling to many countries and experiencing different worlds and cultures.

  11. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  12. A: I always ask "Is there is something in particular or, a specific instrument/part that you want me to focus on?" I will get some direction from them but most of the time the artist will say "I trust you."

  13. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  14. A: That a percussionist will overplay. I won't do that.

  15. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  16. A: 1. Which instruments are you thinking of for each song? 2. Do you have a chart or sheet music? 3. What genre does your music resemble the most?

  17. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  18. A: I will put my heart and soul into your project. My resume is indicative of the work that I have provided for these wonderful artists and I look forward to having the honor of adding my percussion to your creations.

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: My computer, my interface, my pre-amp, my microphones and my headphones.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: Ever since I was 5 years old I knew I wanted to be a drummer. Fast forward to Junior High School in the Bronx and at graduation I was awarded the medal for Best Musician. At New York University, where I received my Bachelor's and Master's Degree I also was awarded the honor of Best Musician in my graduating class. I was also awarded the Presser Scholar, a prestigious award. I am proud of the fact that I always was noticed by my professors and peers and that I applied myself in vigorous ways. I am proud to say that a percussionist received these honors instead of the violoins, brass, etc. After graduating I joined Lionel Hampton's band for two years and made numerous and wonderful connections that have led me to be on tour and record with Taylor Swift, Steely Dan, Al Green, Al Jarreau, Norah Jones, Jewel, Beyonce and Maxwell. In the jazz realm, I have been blessed to record with Michael Brecker (Wide Angles), Christian McBride (Vertical Vision), Pat Martino (Tribute To Wes Montgomery), etc.

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: My style is the New York City Style. In other words, being blessed to have grown up in the cultural capital of the world is something that I cherish.So many different genres are played by all of the best NY musicians. They can do anything and everything. I want to follow in those footsteps.

  25. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  26. A: Santana. Because I have been listening to Santana ever since I was a kid and always admired how he was so ingenious by bringing to the forefront the combination of Pop Music and Latin Music.

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: Don't be afraid to experiment. Try unusual mic setups and EQ's.

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Pop, Rock, Jazz, Latin, World

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: I believe I possess the power of being able to provide the nastiest groove on a song. So many percussionists overplay and meander away from what the song calls for. I play exactly what is needed for each song and then complement it by putting all of my soul into the part.

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: I bring passion along with precision. I want to give my client perfectly edited percussion tracks in which my client does not have to edit anything major.

  35. Q: What's your typical work process?

  36. A: I study the song, make notes and map out every Verse, Pre-Chorus, Chorus & Bridge. I then track each instrument according to which timbre will go best with each section. I want to know the song and deliver the best part possible for my client.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: I have many varieties of Congas, Timbales, Bongos and other percussion instruments. My recording setup is ProTools Version 12, Focusrite Scarlett i818 Interface, Universal Audio Pre-amps. Microphones: SHURE SM7B, AKG, RODE NT1, SHURE SM57

  39. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  40. A: Ron St. Germain, Bob Powers, Robert Sadin, Bassy Bob Brockman Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Beatles, Miles Davis

  41. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  42. A: Provide percussion tracks of all styles for your songs or album.

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GenresSounds Like
  • Taylor Swift
  • Steely Dan
  • Kesha
Gear Highlights
  • Congas
  • Bongos
  • Timbales
  • Tambourines
  • Shakers
  • Cowbells
  • Various African
  • Brazilian & Cuban Percussion
  • ProTools 12
  • Universal Audio Pre-Amps
  • All microphones
  • AKG
  • SHURE
  • RODE
  • etc.
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