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Richard Davis: There He Bows

Read "Richard Davis: There He Bows" reviewed by Andrey Henkin

When initially contacting legendary bassist Richard Davis for this profile, the response was a simple “Call at six am your time any day." Since Davis has been based in Wisconsin since the '70s, this meant for him a talk at five in the morning. A far cry from the stereotypical jazz musician who didn't know there were two 8 o'clocks in a day, Davis needs all the time he can get for his various activities. Besides performances and recordings, he ...


Richard Davis: The Bassist

Read "The Bassist" reviewed by Craig Jolley

One of the world's most respected and beloved bassists Richard Davis left the grind of New York to teach at the University of Wisconsin in the late 70's. This CD is subtitled “Homage to Diversity," an appropriate description for Davis' music and for his all-embracing approach to life.

As the primary soloist Davis plays arco (bowed) bass on most tunes. In contrast to the generally high-energy feel of his previous records he concentrates mainly on melodic variation. The deep, rich ...


Richard Davis: Forest Flowers

Read "Forest Flowers" reviewed by Todd S. Jenkins

Continuing a pattern that’s becoming all too common with 32 Jazz reissues, this set is a heavily flawed collection of performances by a generally fine bassist. The label heads seem to rummage through the dusty closets of name artists, seeking out weak sessions that probably wouldn’t see the light of day again if the performers weren’t famous for better works. Such is the case with Forest Flowers, culled from three lesser Richard Davis sets from the 70s.

Davis is a ...


Richard Davis: Forest Flowers

Read "Forest Flowers" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Most jazz aficionados should be familiar with the artistry of bassist Richard Davis who over the years has performed with the best and brightest, spanning multiple genres. Davis is also a preeminent bowed bassist and with Forest Flowers, “32 Jazz” sees good reason to re-release material Davis recorded during the mid to late 70’s, as these works represent sessions that were originally issued on the now defunct “Muse” label. Here, we find Davis performing with bassist Bill Lee, trumpeter Marvin ...

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