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Nathan Davis

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Nathan Davis - tenor and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet, educator.

An accomplished jazz master who has quietly garnered an impeccable reputation in both the recording and the academic arenas, Nathan Davis is truly one of the living treasures in jazz and one of its most sophisticated spokesmen as well.

Born Nathan Tate Davis on Feb. 15 1937, in Kansas City, Davis began to play trombone at the age of 17, but soon switched to reeds and became an accomplished player on flute, bass clarinet, tenor and soprano saxophones. His first noteworthy job was with the Jay McShann band, and a little later he became one of the few males who has ever played with the usually all-female International Sweethearts Of Rhythm. While studying at Kansas University, Davis lead a group with Carmell Jones; then army service in 1960 took him to Berlin. On leaving the army in 1963 he remained in Europe and was invited to Paris by Kenny "Klook" Clarke, with whom he played for most of the next six years.

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Article: Liner Notes

Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk

Read "Nathan Davis Quintet: The Hip Walk" reviewed by Ken Dryden


There are numerous examples of talented American jazz musicians who had long careers but were overlooked by critics, broadcasters and much of the jazz audience, often because they spent decades as full time jazz educators, which limited their opportunities to tour in support of their recordings. Nathan Davis, primarily known as a tenor and soprano saxophonist, ...

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Article: Album Review

Donald Byrd: Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux

Read "Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Almost fifty years after the event, Donald Byrd's 1973 performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival finally sees the light of day. Several other artists on Blue Note's roster had performances released--in more timely manner--from the same edition of Claude Nobs festival, including Ronnie Foster, Bobbi Humphrey, Bobby Hutcherson and Marlena Shaw. In no small part, thanks ...

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Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Black Byrd; You've Got It Bad Girl; The East; Introductions; Kwame; Poco-Mania.

Album

Cookin' With Blue Note At Montreux

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Black Byrd; You’ve Got It Bad Girl; The East; Introductions; Kwame; Poco-Mania.

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Article: Album Review

Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Peter Jones


What a treat it must have been in 1973 to attend the Montreux Jazz Festival: the featured artists that year included Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Chico Hamilton, Sam Rivers, Bobbi Humphrey, Dr John, Marlena Shaw, Bobby Hutcherson... and Donald Byrd with his Tentet, whose July 5 performance is captured on this album. It was ...

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Article: Album Review

Donald Byrd: Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux

Read "Donald Byrd Live: Cookin' With Blue Note at Montreux" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


With the release of his chart-topping, funk-fueled Black Byrd in 1973, Donald Byrd found himself in a volatile place in jazz circles. He was being hailed as having finally stepped out of Miles Davis' considerable shadow, while simultaneously many found the album to be Byrd's selling out his bop legacy for chart success. As most defining ...

Album

Lifelines

Label: Lizzi Trumbore
Released: 2019

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Flora Carbo, Mário Costa and Wocjiech Jachna

Read "Flora Carbo, Mário Costa and Wocjiech Jachna" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode continues its mission to explore jazz from around the world. Australia's jazz scene is influenced by many great female players. In addition to Sandy Evans you will hear the debut of saxophonist Flora Carbo. Polish trumpeter Wocjiech Jachna and trio debut their latest, God's Body, while Portuguese drummer Mario Costa's latest for Clean Feed ...

Article: Extended Analysis

In Paris: The ORTF Recordings

Read "In Paris: The ORTF Recordings" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Ogni tanto gli archivi sparsi nel nostro pianeta si aprono per regalare belle e rare emozioni agli attenti cittadini del mondo della musica. Non è cosa così semplice come potrebbe apparire superficialmente: per trovare questi tesori nascosti serve anche l'energia di un gruppo di persone che si appassiona e si mette a caccia delle cose nascoste ...


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