Jesse Davis: Second Nature
Second Nature, the leader’s 7th Concord album, brings Massimo Farao’s piano trio alongside the saxophonist’s fresh, lyrical approach to a melody. Two standards, two lovely originals by the pianist, and a handful of Davis’ original compositions make for an enjoyable acoustic session. From Italy, the trio - with whom Davis tours while abroad - complements his expressive performance. It’s as if they all grew up together instead of worlds apart.
"Max the Mensch" features drummer Dall’omo. Jesse Davis sounds a lot like Charlie Parker on this one: fast and furious; comical one moment, soaring high and confidently the next. "Coffetto" is in 5/4 and cool, like "Take Five." However, unlike Paul Desmond, Davis blows with a brassy, Bird-like approach. The title track, Second Nature, captures the leader’s blues expression, recalling Cannonball Adderley.
Bass and piano solos frequent the session, always lyrical and from the mainstream. Davis sits out for "Tommaso." His tributes to Duke Ellington ("For Duke") and Louis Armstrong ("On the Sunny Side of the Street") pay homage respectfully. Carrying the straight-ahead torch, this (nearly) lifelong student of jazz continues to impress with his beautiful tone and virtuosic technique.
Track Listing: On the Sunny Side of the Street; I
Personnel: Jesse Davis- alto saxophone; Massimo Farao- piano; Massimo "Max" Dall
Record Label: Concord Music Group