354

The Dave Young Quartet: Mean What You Say

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
The Dave Young Quartet: Mean What You Say Dave Young has had a long career as a classical music and jazz bassist. Before he found his niche in jazz, Young was the principal bassist with the Winnipeg and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras as well as the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. As a jazz musician, he brought his sense of rhythm and intuition to groups led by Oscar Peterson and Oliver Jones, among a host of others. Though he has had a prolific career as a sideman over the last 40 years, Young has been less of a presence as a leader. Mean What You Say is only his third album at the helm.

The title tune is gorgeous, made all the more so by the innate power of understatement instilled by trumpeter Kevin Turcotte. His tone embraces emotion without reserve, but he has his roots firmly grounded and does not slip into melancholy. Pianist Robi Botos changes the pulse, getting lithe with an undercurrent of swing which then becomes Turcotte's domain. The other distinctive voice comes from Young, who is temperate yet flexed and gives the body resilient support.

The empathy and the interaction between the band members are topnotch and contribute a great deal to giving the music its creative focus. "Bohemia After Dark" is another track that captures the essence. The bop beat driven by drummer Frank Botos sees Turcotte get brassy as he rides high on the sentiment of the rhythm in a cascade of bold phrases and tangy ideas. The pace is edged up with Robi Botos unfurling a rich lode, leading in to the voice of Young, who balances a rumbling clutch of notes with pulsing single-note runs.

"Morning Star" is stellar, the arrangement casting the piano and the bass as intimate conversationalists, two companions reminiscing in quiet and peaceful harmony, while igniting a radiant glow. Young shows his talent as a composer with three diverse tunes that move from the hymnal "Sandu," on which he essays the melody with gentle grace, to the up-tempo gush of the bopping "Minor 101" and the lush ballad "Last Time I Saw Her."

Mean What You Say is a fine summation of Young, the player and the writer, an impressive and welcome return which proves just why he is one of the best.


Track Listing: Mean What You Say; Will You Still Be Mine?; Bohemia After Dark; Every Time We Say Goodbye; Celia; Sandu; Seven Minds; Morning Star; Minor 101; Dream Dancing; Last Time I Saw Her.

Personnel: Dave Young: bass; Kevin Turcotte: trumpet; Robi Botos: piano; Frank Botos: drums.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Self Produced | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Inner Agent" CD/LP/Track Review Inner Agent
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 20, 2016
Read "Imagine Nation" CD/LP/Track Review Imagine Nation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 1, 2016
Read "Lost Signals" CD/LP/Track Review Lost Signals
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 25, 2016
Read "Brückenshlag" CD/LP/Track Review Brückenshlag
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: August 9, 2016
Read "MG50 Peace & Fire" CD/LP/Track Review MG50 Peace & Fire
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 12, 2016
Read "Blue And Lonesome" CD/LP/Track Review Blue And Lonesome
by Doug Collette
Published: February 4, 2017

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!