Steve Davis: Portrait In Sound
Aside from a straightforward reading of "Darn That Dream," a faster-than-usual "I’m Old Fashioned," and the Corea-penned 6/8 minor blues "Shadows," the material is original. And aside from the soul-inflected "The Slowdown" (on which Hazeltine plays Fender Rhodes), Davis’s writing is in a straight-ahead jazz vein, from the hip minor cadences of the opening title track to the Latin gusto of the closing "Samba D." The trombone/vibes combination has an intangibly vintage quality to it, giving certain tracks a 60s Blue Note flavor. But probing solos by Nelson, Hazeltine, and Davis himself — as well as pertinent guest appearances by Brad Mehldau, Avishai Cohen, Jeff Ballard, and co-producer Steve Wilson — make the album far more than an exercise in hard bop nostalgia.
Tracks: 1. Portrait In Sound 2. I’m Old Fashioned 3. Shadows 4. The Slowdown 5. Darn That Dream 6. Runway 7. Somber Song 8. A Bundle of Joy 9. I Found You 10. Samba D
Steve Davis, trombone; Steve Nelson, vibes; David Hazeltine, piano, Rhodes (track 4); Nat Reeves, bass; Joe Farnsworth, drums; Steve Wilson, alto saxophone (track 4), alto flute (track 9); Brad Mehldau, piano (tracks 3 & 9); Avishai Cohen, bass (tracks 3 & 9); Jeff Ballard, drums (tracks 3 & 9)
Record Label: Concord Music Group