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“Billie Davies is an accomplished free-jazz drummer. Born in Belgium, she now lives in New Orleans, having spent much of her life living peripatetically. The press release and liner notes of this CD are full of stories and these provide both an introduction and, I think, an explanation of her playing. Previous reviewers have made much of the self-taught nature of her drumming. While this is a feature of one of the stories in the press release, I defy any listener to distinguish her playing from someone ‘schooled’ in jazz drumming. There is a vitality and fluidity in the way that she plays the drum kit and this is what I mean by the idea that her stories explain her drumming; she speaks through the drums to the other players, asking questions of them and replying with the fusion of styles that she has built up over her travels” —Chris Baber, Jazz Views (Jun 30, 2016)

By 1977 Billie was working in the Private Night Club sector as a DJ in Cologne, Germany

Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art Studios February 13, 2020)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Track listing: Whadeva the Cobra; Whadeva 2; Whadeva 3; Whadeva 4; Whadeva 5; Whadeva 6.

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Whadeva 3

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2020
Duration: 07:05

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Billie Davies: Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art Studios February 13, 2020)

Read "Whadeva (Live at Dangerous Art Studios February 13, 2020)" reviewed by Geno Thackara

When you think of the music of jny: New Orleans, chances are you're not imagining anything like Whadeva--semi-avant-garde improvisation with light electronics is hardly the first association that comes to anyone's mind. Nonetheless the Big Easy's personality is still clear through this freewheeling EP, which was knocked out in a Ninth Ward studio in one free-spirited ...

Perspectives II

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Track listing: Nature; Life; Happiness; Love; Freedom; Art; Rhythm.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Billie Davies Trio: Perspectives II

Read "Perspectives II" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The spiritual jazz tradition, as exemplified by John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, has been having a resurgence over the past few years in places like Los Angeles and Great Britain. Now here is evidence that some musicians in New Orleans are going down that path as well. Billie Davies is a drummer from Belgium ...

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Trios and Quartets In Abundance

Read "Trios and Quartets In Abundance" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode is dominated by trios and quartets. Making her One Man's Jazz debut is English saxophonist Josephine Davies and her trio Satori with a pair of tracks from In the Corner of Clouds, while bassist Michael Formanek, no stranger to this show, debuts a new quartet with Kris Davis, Ches Smith and Tony Malaby. His ...

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Devin Gray, Jakob Bro Trio and More

Read "Devin Gray, Jakob Bro Trio and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

This episode of One Man's Jazz is in its usual global mode with new releases from Portugal's José Lencastre and his Nau Quartet, the Jakob Bro Trio, Medeski Martin & Wood, Devin Gray, France's Stéphane Kerecki Quartet and Bruno Tocanne, Norway's Anders Lønne Grønseth, Earthflow and the Gondwana Orchestra (with Dwight Trible) from England, and the ...

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Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More

Read "Cuong Vu, Phil Schurger, Cluttertones and More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

Check out some great music from new releases, from the avant-garde/Middle Eastern/North African fusion of Ensemble Fanaa, to trumpeter Cuong Vu's quartet with Bill Frisell; from Chicago guitarist Phil Schurger to New Orleans drummer Billie Davies; from poet Vince Bell to pianist Ran Blake with singer Christine Correa. Plus a set from three excellent German groups ...

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Art

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2018
Duration: 13:37


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