David Becker’s warm guitar interprets fresh, contemporary originals and familiar, straight-ahead standards on this modern mainstream trio session. With his brother at the drum set and friend Tom Lilly on bass, Becker explores worldly currents and impressions of various lands.
”The Monkey” moves lightly with a sprightly bounce, as Becker meanders along spontaneous jazz/rock trails. With the drummer going techno, and the bassist flowing harmony to the four walls, he’s on fire with guitar excitement. “Where’s Henning?” flows more evenly with a Miles Davis mysteriousness. Tucked into this title track, one can feel the driving force that lies behind much of modern jazz. However, this force is felt; not made entirely obvious. The more overt moves come forward through “All Blues,” “Footprints,” and the other jazz chestnuts on Becker’s program.
His guitars carry a personal message, but from a distance. Becker keeps this session, for the most part, cool and comfortable. “As We Speak” grips you with its heady lyricism, while “Bridge Out of Town” emphasizes a foot-tappin’ rhythm. The trio’s musicianship remains impeccable. The album lacks a turn-the-world-upside-down spark, but introduces a fine trio to a larger audience and leaves hope that this excellent guitarist will continue to carry the mainstream torch through these troubled times.
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's jazz records and listening to the radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.