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Bryan Davis is a trumpet and flügelhorn player and teacher, originally from the UK, now residing in New York City, USA. He has gained an international reputation as a Lead Trumpeter, and is also highly regarded as a Jazz soloist. He received his formal musical training at Leeds College of Music but considers “the road” as his true education. With over 20 years of professional experience to his credit, Bryan continues to learn from the thousands of musicians he has performed with around the world. His trumpet teachers include J. Brian Brown, Richard Iles, Dick Hawdon, Gerard Presencer, Brian Lynch and Roger Ingram. In his early career, Bryan Davis had long associations with a number of groups, ranging from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, to nightclub band Jazz Amiga and salsa group Casa Latina All-Stars

Shark NATO on a Plane

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Shark NATO on a Plane; July Groove / September Funk; What Barney? (the Barney Miller theme); Summertime; Into the Fourth Dimension; Professional Development; Rock Bottom; Blue Jay Way; I Feel Free; Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky.

New Shoes: Kind of Blue at 60

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD 1 — Boiled Funk; Foiled Bunk; So What; Boiled Funk 2: Dark of Night; Blue in Green. CD 2 — Boiled Funk 3: Worth Your While; All Blues; Boiled Funk 4: Old Feet, New Shoes; Flamenco Sketches; Boiled Funk 5: A Smile; Freddie Freeloader; Boiled Funk / Theme.

Four Questions

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: Baby Jack; Jazz Twins; Four Questions; Clump, Unclump; A Still, Small Voice: Elijah – 1 Kings 19:13; Amidst the Fire and the Whirlwind; Cacophonus; A Still, Small Voice.

Bluesville

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Late Late Show; I Love the Life I Live; Harlem Nocturne; Mary Ann; What’s Your Story, Morning Glory; Parchman Farm; Lonely Avenue; El Blues Esa Mujer; I Don’t Know; Riff’n on McGriff’n; Fool’s Paradise; TheMooche; You’re Humbuggin’ Me; The Late Late Show.

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Swingadelic: Bluesville

Read "Bluesville" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If you're partial to music that is sunny and freewheeling and almost commands a smile, you should have no trouble warming to Bluesville, the eighth recording by New Jersey-based Swingadelic, now twenty-two years old and counting. As its name implies, the orchestra (more often than not a mini-big band a dozen or so strong) re-creates an ...

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Funk Shui NYC: Shark NATO on a Plane

Read "Shark NATO on a Plane" reviewed by Jack Bowers

While some older listeners (and younger ones as well) may be thrown slightly off-kilter and find it hard to apprehend exactly what Funk Shui NYC is about, it must be conceded that the New York-based ensemble in all likelihood represents the future of big-band jazz, or at least a sizeable and assertive chunk of it. The ...

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Orrin Evans: Presence

Read "Presence" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

You have to wonder how many outlets a restless creative like hard bopping pianist Orrin Evans needs to fully express himself. Twenty-five or so albums into a legacy that finds him as the newest member of The Bad Plus after years of riffing and ripping it up with The Mingus Big Band, experimenting with soul/jazz Luv ...


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