STEVE DAVIS, GETTIN' IT DONE

“Portrait in Sound” (2000, Concord Records) by trombonist Steve Davis is one of those preferred jazz albums I keep on my current listening shelf and revisit occasionally. It’s an enjoyable go-to album that also features pianist Brad Mehldau and it introduced me to Davis’ engaging charts and appealing modern sound. Luckily for jazz fans Davis has maintained an active career, putting out one great recording after another and “Getting’ It Done” (Posi-Tone Records), his 16th solo album, swings hard in a most gratifying way. Davis assembles a killer rhythm section comprised of pianist Larry Willis, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Billy Williams – a New York power trio that frames the leaders sleek compositions with snap and vigor. For the front line, alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo and trumpeter Josh Bruneau bring chops galore to the date, but the star of the show is clearly Davis whose effervescent personality on the trombone shines through every tune. Opening with a sunlit version of John Coltrane’s “Village Blues,” a regal jazz standard that tells you a lot about the faith that trombonist Steve Davis places in his band. Their interplay brings slippery grooves and a nice bass line to “The Beacon,” Blue Note infused beats to tunes like “Steppin’ Easy” and “Longview,” and straight-up post bop on the rhythm-fueled title track. Apart from the superior sonics (something you can count on with every Posi-tone release), the elegant stylings of pianist Willis and sax player DiRubbo, longtime collaborators with Davis, sharpen these sparkling arrangements. Without a doubt, “Getting’ It Done” finds Davis at his most potent; it’s an album full of creative and aural pleasures and likely ranks as Davis’ best work. (8 tracks; 57:12 minutes) www.stevedavis.info www.posi-tone.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: STEVE DAVIS, GETTIN' IT DONE

Thursday, August 2, 2012

STEVE DAVIS, GETTIN' IT DONE

“Portrait in Sound” (2000, Concord Records) by trombonist Steve Davis is one of those preferred jazz albums I keep on my current listening shelf and revisit occasionally. It’s an enjoyable go-to album that also features pianist Brad Mehldau and it introduced me to Davis’ engaging charts and appealing modern sound. Luckily for jazz fans Davis has maintained an active career, putting out one great recording after another and “Getting’ It Done” (Posi-Tone Records), his 16th solo album, swings hard in a most gratifying way. Davis assembles a killer rhythm section comprised of pianist Larry Willis, bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Billy Williams – a New York power trio that frames the leaders sleek compositions with snap and vigor. For the front line, alto saxophonist Mike Dirubbo and trumpeter Josh Bruneau bring chops galore to the date, but the star of the show is clearly Davis whose effervescent personality on the trombone shines through every tune. Opening with a sunlit version of John Coltrane’s “Village Blues,” a regal jazz standard that tells you a lot about the faith that trombonist Steve Davis places in his band. Their interplay brings slippery grooves and a nice bass line to “The Beacon,” Blue Note infused beats to tunes like “Steppin’ Easy” and “Longview,” and straight-up post bop on the rhythm-fueled title track. Apart from the superior sonics (something you can count on with every Posi-tone release), the elegant stylings of pianist Willis and sax player DiRubbo, longtime collaborators with Davis, sharpen these sparkling arrangements. Without a doubt, “Getting’ It Done” finds Davis at his most potent; it’s an album full of creative and aural pleasures and likely ranks as Davis’ best work. (8 tracks; 57:12 minutes) www.stevedavis.info www.posi-tone.com

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