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Shelly Berg and David Finck: The Deep

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So it happens that pianist Shelly Berg and bassist David Finck were hired by Chesky Records to play on a Livingston Taylor album. After they finished that session, with the high-end audiophile equipment still in place, David Chesky suggested the two stay and make a duo album themselves. And so they did, virtually on the spot. Since Berg and Finck play so well together, and know a lot of tunes, it was easy to come up with a ...

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David Finck: The Bass, Scatting Offenses, and the Back Hoe

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David Finck is not only a first-call bassist with a long resume of high-profile recordings and gigs, but he's one of the most versatile musicians on any instrument. Finck has been in the studio, touring, and/or sharing the world's greatest stages with everyone from Andre Previn to Ivan Lins, Woody Herman to Natalie Cole and Kenny Rankin, and Elton John and George Michael. He's on all four of Rod Stewart's platinum albums. In recent years Finck has expanded ...

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Roger Davidson & David Finck: Umbrellas & Sunshine

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Many people never take the time to truly say how they feel about important people in their lives until it's too late. The same holds true in the jazz community. Posthumous tributes pour out of magazines, newspapers and websites, and are delivered via recordings when important figures of the music pass on, but something resonates more deeply when an artist is still around to receive these plaudits. The great Johnny Mandel recently received such an honor when the DIVA Jazz ...

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The David Finck Quartet: Future Day

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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, ...

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David Finck: Music Spoken Here

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In my 20 years of music journalism I have covered many genres: opera, cabaret, jazz, pop, chamber music, symphonic concerts and recitals. Never in my outings have I encountered a musician who has greater generic scope than bassist extraordinaire David Finck. He is totally at home in every setting imaginable. He has been coveted by every singer from Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and Natalie Cole to Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight and George Michael. Broadway chanteuses everywhere cozen up to him ...

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The David Finck Quartet: Future Day

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He's one of those players you may not know by name, but you've more than likely heard. In a career now nearing thirty years long, David Finck has worked with artists ranging from pianists Herbie Hancock, Steve Kuhn and Sir André Previn to singers Sinéad O'Connor, Natalie Cole and Gladys Knight. He's also done plenty of everything in between and all around these particular markers on the musical continuum. But it's only been in recent years that the bassist--now approaching ...

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Andre Previn/David Finck: We Got It Good and That Ain't Bad

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Andre Previn - or more accurately, Sir Andre, given the knighthood bestowed upon him by Queen Elizabeth in 1996 - is one of the very few pianists who moves back and forth between jazz and classical music with ease. Others of note are Keith Jarrett and, to a lesser extent, Mel Powell. There has been considerable debate whether a classical musician can successfully make this transition given the restraints on improvisation in the classical genre. It depends, I suppose, on ...


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