Charles Davis: Blue Gardenia (2003)
"Beautiful Friendship" and "Texas Moon" demonstrate the huge universe of Mr. Davis' tone. At 70, he blows with more conviction and experience than most horn players half his age. Davis finds an empathic soulmate in the exquisite pianist Cedar Walton, who blends well with the leader's muscular sound. Bassist Peter Washington and drummer Joe Farnsworth round out the superb rhythm section backing the saxophonist. Straight-ahead saxophone jazz rarely gets better than this.
Track Listing: A Beautiful Friendship; Texas Moon; Bossa Joe; Stranded; Shadow Of The Sunset; Sabia; Blues For Yahoo; Blue Gardenia.
Personnel: Charles Davis - Tenor and Baritone Saxophone; Cedar Walton - Piano; Peter Washington - Bass; Joe Farnsworth - Drums.
Record Label: Reade Street Records