Saxophonist and one-time All About Jazz contributor Angela Davis' sophomore effort, Lady Luck shows a young artist evolving naturally and not afraid to take stylistic chances. On her debut recording, The Art of the Melody (Self Produced, 2013), Davis demonstrated an intelligent precociousness that paid off well in both her original compositions and those she covers. Inspired was her inclusion of Tom Waits' "Martha" and Boz Scaggs' "We're All Alone."
Just as inspired, on the present Lady Luck are the throwbacks "Make Someone Happy" and "You Must Believe in Spring." Davis adds a string quartet to her jazz quartet (that returns the fine Linda Ho on bass) effecting a "with strings" recording, except that the string quartet provides more of a counterpoint role than a typical strings recording. The string quartet is anchored by violins Sara Caswell, who seems to be everywhere at once in the last couple of years.
Davis' retains her beautiful Paul DesmondLee Konitz tone approximating glacial Bombay Sapphire rippled by the photons of some ancient sun. It is a beautifully nostalgic sound that is as relevant and immediate as right now. Davis has grown considerably in her arrangement prowess and solo ingenuity. The future belongs to artists of this caliber.
Track Listing: Make Someone Happy; You Must Believe in Spring; Lady Luck; Hymn for
the Lonely; Nola’s Waltz; A Thousand Feet from Bergen Street; Till We
Meet Again; Abide with Me.
Personnel: Angela Davis: alto saxophone; Dan Tepfer: piano; Linda Oh: bass;
Richie Barshay: drums; Sara Caswell: violin; Joyce Hammann: violin;
Lois Martin: viola; Noah Hoffeld: cello.
Enjoy Three Days on the Beach with Snarky Puppy, Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, Lettuce, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Lila Downs, Michael McDonald Acoustic Quartet, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Flor de Toloache and more—February 14-16, 2020 at the North Beach Bandshell in Miami, FL.
The winner receives a 3-day pass for two. Excludes travel or lodging.
Acclaimed by the New York Times as one of the “Top 10 Definitive Moments of the Decade in Jazz Music,” GroundUP goes beyond the typical festival experience, breaking down the barriers between audience and artists...
We sent a confirmation message to . Look for it, then click the link to activate your account. If you don’t see the email in your inbox, check your spam, bulk or promotions folder.
Thanks for joining the All About Jazz community!
Find All About Jazz articles, news, musician pages, and more!