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Over the years, in-demand bassist David Finck has been the choice for several high profile jazzmen and pop stars, always providing a professional and highly musical pulse. On Future Day Finck ensures that his debut as a leader will stand up, with a superlative combination of personnel and music.
The inclusion of vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist Tom Ranier and ex-Bill Evans drummer Joe La Barbera, plus trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and tenor saxophonist Bob Sheppard guesting on two tracks, is an invitation for some good jazz.
Locke, who has provided a clear link to the late Milt Jackson's heritage over the past decade, is the key melodist, and his playing is as sparkling as usual, whether it be the Lewis/Coots standard "For All We Know" or his own "Appointment in Orvieto." Ranier, overlooked as a composer and pianist for far too long, is also well represented here.
The album opens with Rainer's bluesy "I Know." La Barbera is given a brief opportunity to show his mastery of the drum set on Cedar Walton's "Firm Roots," a tune which has been placed in the dustbin a bit too early. Pelt and Sheppard provide a nice change in coloration on "Four Flags" and "Black Eyes."
The constant groove and musicality established by Finck and his quartet make Future Day an enjoyable debut.
Track Listing: I Know; New Valley; Nature Boy; Four Flags; Ballad for a Future Day; Black Eyes; Look at You; For All We Know; If Not for You; Appointment in Orvieto; Transparency; Firm Roots.
Personnel: David Finck: bass; Joe Locke: vibes; Tim Ranier: piano; Joe La Barbera: drums; Bob Sheppard: tenor saxophone (4, 6); Jeremy Pelt: trumpet (4, 6).
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.