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Mike Davis has lived several distinct musical lives. He has been a student, a serious student of performance and of theory and of composition and of art. He has been a gig warrior, playing multiple shows in multiple styles on different instruments at different venues with different bands on the same day numerous days per week, week after week after week. He has been a record producer, sitting in front of a computer and a rack of mic pres and compressors – recording, editing, mixing, picking on artists until he finally feels they ‘got it’. He has been a recording artist, obsessing over whether the material is right, whether the concept is strong, whether the ensemble gets it


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David Finck: BASSic Instinct

Read "BASSic Instinct" reviewed by Jack Bowers

There's so much variety on BASSic Instinct, bassist David Finck's sixth recording as leader, that it's almost like grooving on half a dozen or more albums for the price of one. Ensembles run the gamut from duo to octet, with vocals added on three of its thirteen engaging numbers. Besides governing the rhythm, composing three of ...


BASSic Instinct

Label: Burton Avenue Music
Released: 2021
Track listing: BASSic Instinct; The Best Thing for You [Would Be Me]; Dearly Beloved; Theme from “Mannix”; Bateu, Levou/Who’s Wrong or Right; Seascape; Tea for Two; Joy; So What; Soon It’s Gonna Rain [Theme from “The Fantasticks”]; Tico Tico No Fuba; I’m Confessin’ [That I Love You]; I Remember.


I Double Dare You

Label: Turtle Bay Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Do Do Do; Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home; Button Up Your Overcoat; Deep Purple; Be Sweet To Me; The Very Thought Of You; I Double Dare You; I Must Have That Man; Take A Picture Of The Moon; Back In Your Own Backyard; Runnin’ Wild; Two Sleepy People.


I'm in Love Again

Label: Turtle Bay Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms; Foolin’ Myself; Right Or Wrong; Squeeze Me; Last Night On The Back Porch; Angry; I Got It Bad; Ragged But Right; I’m In Love Again; I’d Love To Take Orders From You; A Blues Serenade


Fortunes and Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2

Label: Tmpf Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: You Are Known For Being Quick In Actions and Decisions; Hat-Trick #4; Hat-Trick #8; People In Your Background Will Be More Cooperative Than Usual; We Must Not Become Complacent Over Any Success; Hat-Trick #2; Hat-Trick #7; The Less One Has To Do, The Less Time One Finds To Do It; Hat-Trick #6; We Are Very Happy Together; Hat-Trick #5; Hat-Trick #10.


Article: Album Review

Mike Davis: Fortunes and Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2

Read "Fortunes and Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Double bassist Mike Davis organizes his spontaneous, immediate improvisations-compositions according to two arbitrary guidelines. The Fortunes group of such compositions draw its inspiration from evocative song titles taken from about 100 fortune cookies, but Davis and his trio co-conspirators--saxophonist Jacob Duncan and drummer Jason Tiemann--never discuss their different interpretations of these titles before playing. The second ...

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Hat-Trick #8

Label: Tmpf Records
Released: 0
Duration: 03:45

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Where The Cerebral And The Visceral Meet... Fortunes And Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2 by Mike Davis

Where The Cerebral And The Visceral Meet... Fortunes And Hat-Tricks, Vol. 2 by Mike Davis

The latest album from Tmpf Records features Mike Davis on double bass, Jacob Duncan on alto saxophone and Jason Tiemann on drums. All songs were spontaneously composed by the trio utilizing two compositional concepts created by Davis. The first he calls “Fortunes," and the second he calls “Hat-tricks." “Fortunes" is a spontaneous compositional concept based on ...


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Eric Erhardt: A Better Fate

Read "A Better Fate" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Unlike a lot of jazz artists hawking a debut recording these days, reed/woodwind multi-instrumentalist Eric Erhardt is not fresh out of music school. He has been around for a while, playing for two decades in Broadway pit bands and with trad jazzers Ken Peplowski and Artie Shaw. A student of Dave Liebman, Erhardt's own musical interests ...


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