115

David Janeway Trio: Excursion

By

Sign in to view read count
David Janeway Trio: Excursion Pianist David Janeway, with only a handful of albums under his belt, bursts out of the pack with the exciting Excursion. He is accompanied by veteran bassist Harvie S. and drummer Steve Davis. Excursion also features a guest appearance from trumpeter Charles Moore, who provides an eerie and effective Miles Davis vibe on Janeway's ballad, "Another Chance."

These dozen tracks are comprised of half originals from the pianist and the remainder from the Great American Songbook and jazz standards. It is as good an indication of Janeway's writing that the title tune sits between the Cross/Wiliams standard, "I Should Care," and Joe Henderson's "Black Narcissus." It is no small feat to say that not only is Janeway's playing sparkling but so is his ability to write tuneful compositions.

The liner notes make a point of comparing Janeway with McCoy Tyner as an individualist pianist. Tyner may not be a specific reference point, but Janeway's individuality as a player is evident right from the opening notes of "Viscosity." Janeway and this well-meshed trio leap sure-footedly into the tune with fresh ideas. Janeway also has a propensity to launch into Latin phrases quite unexpectedly, adding to the improvisational aspect of his delivery.

Janeway was born in Rochester, New York, relocating to Detroit and was a student of the late pianist Albert Dailey. He has the experience of working at several important New York venues and with many jazz notables. His first albums Entry Point (New Directions, 1986) and Inside Out (Timeless,1993) both included horns like Sonny Fortune, Marcus Belgrave and Bob Berg. This album is a fine opportunity to appreciate Janeway, the composer and stylist, in a trio format.


Track Listing: Viscosity; Inner Dance; Ready Rudy; Coco's Bossa; I Should Care; Excursion; Black Narcissus; Straight Street; Touch of your Lips; Run Around; Another Chance; You're My Everything.

Personnel: David Janeway: piano; Harvie S: bass; Steve Davis: drums; Charles Moore: trumpet (12).

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: New Direction Music | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Evolution - Seeds and Streams" CD/LP/Track Review Evolution - Seeds and Streams
by Phil Barnes
Published: December 19, 2016
Read "Instant Oats" CD/LP/Track Review Instant Oats
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 18, 2016
Read "Vit" CD/LP/Track Review Vit
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 7, 2017
Read "Roots Of Unity" CD/LP/Track Review Roots Of Unity
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Janus" CD/LP/Track Review Janus
by Budd Kopman
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Agartha" CD/LP/Track Review Agartha
by Roger Farbey
Published: August 14, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!