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Steve Davis: Say When

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Il nume tutelare di questo CD è J.J. Johnson, di cui vengono interpretate sei note composizioni e relativi arrangiamenti. Davis si muove con tanto rispetto nei territori ampiamente esplorati dell'hard bop. Il modello di riferimento viene così riproposto con versatilità sia nei moduli espressivi che nelle sequenze degli assolo.

Si impone una front-line al fulmicotone, degna delle migliori blowing sessions degli anni '60. La ritmica è superba nel sostenere gli interventi solistici ben calibrati ed intensi. Se proprio si vuole trovare un lieve difetto nel progetto, lo si individua nella calligrafica aderenza al modello di base. Ma la convenzionalità della proposta è riscattata ampiamente dalla consumata abilità strumentale del sestetto.

Ed in mancanza di impasti timbrici particolarmente originali, piace la distesa comunicativa di un eccellente gruppo che abbina magistero tecnico e tanto amore nei confronti del jazz. Trombonista di alto profilo strumentale, Davis ben si amalgama con il fraseggio limpido di Harold Mabern ed il vibrante sax di Eric Alexander. In questo sestetto non c'è ripetizione rituale o accademismo nel rinverdire il bop, solo vibrante jazz reinterpretato con lucida consapevolezza.

Track Listing: Pinnacles;What Is This Thing Called Love; Shortcake; Mr. Johnson; Lament; Say When; Kenya; Shutterbug; Village Blues; There Will Never Be Another You; When the Saints Go Marching In.

Personnel: Steve Davis: trombone; Jim Rotondi: tromba; Eric Alexander sax tenore ;Harold Mabern: pianoforte; Nat Reeves: contrabasso; Joe Farnsworth: batteria.

Title: Say When | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Smoke Sessions Records

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