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Steve Davis, Paul Desmond & Walt Weiskopf

Read "Steve Davis, Paul Desmond & Walt Weiskopf" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We begin the 684th Episode of Neon Jazz with veteran jazz trombonist Steve Davis and follow that up with a song by his mentor Jackie McLean. Quite a bit of music came out during 2020 and that trend continues into 2021. We look back at music released by Walt Weiskopf, Joshua Redman and Andrea Brachfeld in 2020. Then we look into the current wave of new music this year with Cory Weeds and Mike Casey. We also say good-bye to ...

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In Pictures

Steve Davis at the Attucks Jazz Club

Read "Steve Davis at the Attucks Jazz Club" reviewed by Mark Robbins


Jackie McLean nicknamed trombonist Steve Davis Stevie-D. McLean got him his first major gig in jny:New York with Art Blakey and Davis hasn't slowed down yet. With 20 albums as leader and over 100 as sideman to such giants as Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Jackie McLean, Freddie Hubbard, and too many more to mention, his performance at jny:Norfolk, Virginia's Attucks Jazz Club was welcomed by a sold out house eager to hear this great player. Backed by the John Toomey ...

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Album Review

Steve Davis: Correlations

Read "Correlations" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


Exploration and innovation may be the aspiration of modern jazz, but trombonist Steve Davis' Correlations exemplifies the fact that nothing proves more compelling than the timeless art of gathering a group of musicians who work remarkably well together. A veteran of The Jazz Messengers, One For All, and The Jazztet, Davis has a wealth of experience sharing the stage with multiple horns, essential to this album's sextet. His “get out of the way and let it happen" approach to band ...

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Album Review

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


Composer and trombonist Steve Davis found a home for his muse starting in the late '90s with Criss Cross Jazz. Over the course of seven dates as a leader and many times more as a sideman, he established his voice as a writer and performer. For the past ten years, his releases elsewhere have been few and far between. It is with much fanfare then that fans should greet his second date for Smoke Sessions, a label that ...

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Album Review

Steve Davis: Think Ahead

Read "Think Ahead" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Trombonist and composer Steve Davis has released his new album on Smoke Sessions Records, entitled, Think Ahead. The inspiration for the title comes from the art of reacting to the unpredictable, but thinking ahead can aid in preparing for whatever the future may bring. The trombonist is joined by saxophonist Jimmy Greene, pianist Larry Willis, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash, each are well-known in the jazz world, but this is not a session of strangers, Davis has a ...

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Album Review

Steve Davis: Say When

Read "Say When" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan


The winds of change have actively sought to change the jazz vernacular of the 21st century. Fueled in large part by the media, it seems that the darlings of the current set have opted for a broader definition of the music. Key elements such as melody and a prominent swing feel are often looked upon as “old hat" by the so-called hipper crowd. Some of this new music is vital, but much of it is inconsequential, further splintering the jazz ...

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Album Review

Steve Davis: For Real

Read "For Real" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


For lovers of straight-ahead jazz the Posi-Tone record label is a pretty safe bet, a mark of quality. Label owner and producer Marc Free seems to possess a knack for combining excellent musicians and high quality studios (aided and abetted by engineer Nick O'Toole) to create fresh and rewarding music.Trombonist Steve Davis is one of those excellent musicians and For Real is his fourth album for the label. Davis' long career has seen him produce 16 previous albums ...


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