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David Chevan

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I am the first-born son of a family of second-generation Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia. I was musically active from an early age and grew up in a Conservative-Egalitarian Jewish synagogue where I led services from the age of 10. Although much of my performing method on the double-bass has been self taught, I credit the master bassist, Lisle Atkinson with showing me the pathway to self-education. As a composer I have primarily focused on works for improvisors. I write works for a wide range of artists and ensembles, including several collaborations with dance and film. I think I have been fortunate in that the critics have compared me to some of my heroes like Charles Mingus and Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Album

The Days of Awe

Label: Reckless DC Music
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. And as For Me, My Prayer is for You (V

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Article: Album Review

David Chevan: The Days of Awe

Read "The Days of Awe" reviewed by Elliott Simon


With the Afro-Semitic Experience, bassist David Chevan and pianist Warren Byrd use jazz to entice African American and Jewish spiritual music to meet as brothers. On Chevan's first solo effort, The Days of Awe , he instead chooses to filter Jewish High Holy Day melodies through a multifaceted “jazz prism." The outcome is highly accessible music ...

Album

Let Us Break Bread Together

Label: Reckless DC Music
Released: 2001
Track listing: Let Us Break Bread Together; Oseh Shalom (take 2); If I Can Help Somebody; Eliyahu HaNavi; Little David, Play on Your Harp; Etz Chaim Hi (Tanchum Portnoy); How Much More (of Life's Burdens Must We Bear); Etz Chaim Hi (traditional); Soon I Will Be Done; Hineh Mah Tov; Oseh Shalom (take 1).

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Article: Album Review

David Chevan and Warren Byrd: Let Us Break Bread Together

Read "Let Us Break Bread Together" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The title of this disc--along with its subtitle, “Further explorations of the Afro-Semitic experience"--may suggest difficult listening. (Ceremonial, restrictive, and heavy are a few words that may come to mind.) But rest assured, that's not at all the case. Let Us Break Bread Together is more a joyous celebration of diversity than it is any kind ...


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