Singer Jamie Davis is from the San Francisco area and spent three years, starting in 2000, as the vocalist with the Count Basie Orchestra. This debut recording owes a heavy debt to lessons learned from his experience with the Basie organization. In addition, the supporting big band on this album is comprised of Basie Band veterans and several first-call studio musicians based in Los Angeles. Pianist Shelly Berg conducts the band, with arrangements of various tunes by musicians such as Aaron Lington (North Texas One O'Clock Lab Band), Allyn Ferguson, Tom Hart, Marcus Shelby, Shelly Berg and Bob Ojeda. A ...read more
Vocalist Jamie Davis is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra. So are several of the sidemen who appear on this pleasant big band album. As they interpret a dozen familiar songs, you can feel the memories returning. Davis' clear, resonant baritone voice takes you out for a night on the town, and it leaves you hoping that the evening will never end.
Surprisingly, It's a Good Thing is only Davis' second recording as a leader. It comes with a 38-minute DVD that includes brief conversations with just about everybody involved with the making of this album. It's ...read more