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Havana Blue

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Havana Blue Suite (Sabor / Congri / Solteras / El Malecon / A Fin Te Vi / Havana @ 12 / Orlando’s Walk); Chega de Saudade; Manteca; Seraphim; Orlando’s Walk.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble: Havana Blue

Read "Havana Blue" reviewed by Jack Bowers

With diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba warming, the chances for musical reciprocity have escalated apace. As one who has long admired the music of our neighboring island the the south, Chicago-based trumpeter / composer Orbert Davis was quick to seize the initiative, spending nine days in Havana with Cuban-born choreographer Frank Chavez in October ...

Sketches of Spain Revisited

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Concierto de Aranjuez; Muerto del Matador; El Moreno; El Albaicin; Solea.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Sketches of Spain Revisited

Read "Sketches of Spain Revisited" reviewed by Jack Bowers

One by one, the trio of classic big-band collaborations by Miles Davis and Gil Evans is being rediscovered and reinvented by contemporary jazz ensembles: Miles Ahead, Porgy & Bess and last but not least, the tasteful and picturesque Sketches of Spain, reappraised here by trumpeter Orbert Davis (no relation to Miles) and the splendid Chicago Jazz ...

Collective Creativity

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Fanfare for Cloud Gate (3:05); 02. West End Blues / Weatherbird (4:08); 03. Diaspora (5:44); 04. The Creation of Evolution - Part 1 (2:); 05. One Thousans Questions, One Answer (7:20); 06. The Creation of Evolution - Part 2 (1:30); 07. Seraphim (7:01); 08. An Afternoon with Mr. Bowie - Part 1 (2:46); 09. An Afternoon with Mr. Bowie - Part 2 (3:27); 10. The Creation of Evolution - Part 3 (1:06); 11. Vice Versa (8:52); 12. Going to Chicago (4:39). Tutti i brani composti da Obert Davis, eccetto "West End Blues" (King Oliver; Clarence Williams), "Weather Bird" (Louis Armstrong) e "Going to Chicago" (Count Basie; Jimmy Rushing).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Collective Creativity

Read "Collective Creativity" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Un punto di vista afroamericano sul possibile matrimonio fra jazz e musica classica. Questo potrebbe essere il manifesto sintetico dell'opera di Obert Davis, compositore, direttore della Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, oltre che eccellente trombettista. Collective Creativity è un manifesto di intenti, espressione di una volontà colta di sintesi che ha trovato terreno fertile nella città sede della ...

Blue Notes

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: Blue Notes; Hammer Head; Back in the Day; Dear D'Lana; The Real Deal; Steppin' Up; Glass Walls; Life is Short; Driftin'; Shaw Nuff

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Orbert Davis: Blue Notes

Read "Blue Notes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Orbert Davis, one of the Chicago area's favorite sons and best-kept secrets (although that status is rapidly changing), hasn't tinkered much with his third and latest album--it's essentially straight-ahead small-group jazz--but has managed to place the engine where the caboose should be. What I mean is, when you're a mind-bending trumpeter and have programmed songs like ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Orbert Davis: Blue Notes

Read "Blue Notes" reviewed by AAJ Staff

No pretense surrounds Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis's third effort, Blue Notes. The album eulogizes the hard bop ethos of the '60s Blue Note catalog. Davis covers classics from that period like Wayne Shorter's “Hammer Head" and Herbie Hancock's “Driftin'." The trumpeter's own composition, “Back in the Day," sounds like a cross between “Watermelon Man" and “The ...

Priority

Label: 3Sixteen Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Priority2. Ask Me Nicely3. Relentless4. Block Party5. Miles Ahead6. E.T. (Edwin's Trombone) 7. The Double Blues (featuring Kurt Elling)8. Midnight In Bahia (featuring Kurt Elling & Bobbi Wilsyn)9. Ain't No Sunshine10. Vice-Versa11. Scourin'12. Weatherbird


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