Pianist Roger Davidson isn't a fan of repeating himself. With each album he's shined a light on a different facet of his artistry, marrying a classicist's outlook and touch with a fascination for anything and everything musical. He's looked at the sounds of Brazil from different perches, explored the tango in detail, tackled the music of Michel Legrand with bassist David Finck, and delivered a standards-heavy trio program in honor of music industry vet Helen Keane. Now, with Temple Of The Soul, he delivers a program of evocative and rhapsodic piano improvisations that touches on the spirituality that fuels his ...read more
The music business holds claim to more than its share of selfish, self-promoting, greedy individuals who built their fortunes on the backs of others but, within its ranks also exist a certain class of individual that truly looks out for the best interests of the music and the people who make it. Helen Keane, by all accounts, was one of the good ones. Keane, who started out as an A&R scout for CBS and MCA, was best known as the guiding light that directed pianist Bill Evans' career from 1963 until his untimely passing in 1980. Her ...read more
Many people never take the time to truly say how they feel about important people in their lives until it's too late. The same holds true in the jazz community. Posthumous tributes pour out of magazines, newspapers and websites, and are delivered via recordings when important figures of the music pass on, but something resonates more deeply when an artist is still around to receive these plaudits. The great Johnny Mandel recently received such an honor when the DIVA Jazz Orchestra, under his baton, recorded and released a live set built around his compositions, and now another composer of note--pianist ...read more
Pianist and composer Roger Davidson, who was born in Paris and now lives in upstate New York, has assembled a new collection of boleros and rhumbas on Pensando En Ti. Davidson is a multitalented composer who has written symphonic, chamber and sacred choral works. His most recent albums reflect specific interests: Rodgers in Rio (a 2004 appreciation of Richard Rodgers' tunes, set to bossa nova) and Mango Tango (a tango record from 2000).
The fourteen pieces on this album include nine Davidson originals plus five boleros and rhumbas by other composers. Listeners will note that Armando Manzanero's Somos ...read more
The bare-shouldered, dark-haired beauty leaning on the balcony in a pensive posture on the cover of pianist/composer/arranger Roger Davidson's latest Latin music exploration, Pensando En Ti, appears to be thinking of you," with romance on her mind.Of late, Davidson has explored various Latin genres: the tango, on Amor Por El Tango, and the bossa nova with his treatment of Richard Rodgers' music on Rodgers in Rio (both Soundbrush Records, '04). With Pensando En Ti, Rogers immerses himself in the bolero, perhaps the gentlest, dreamiest and most romantic of Latin sounds. The music sounds like a close cousin to ...read more
The Tango Group Amor por el Tango Soundbrush 2004
Roger Davidson is a classically trained pianist and composer with a sizable list of orchestral and choral works under his belt. He seems to have an endearing love for an underappreciated workhorse like the oebo, which betrays a real orchestrator's mind.
His playing on these discs shows a solid, if not remarkable classical technique. Looking at it from a light-classical, salon" point of view if you will, his renditions succeed very well. His phrasing does lack the required rhythmic finesse, though, to convincingly perform from ...read more