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Album Review

Xavier Davis shines in a trio setting on his sophomore release, backed by bassist Brandon Owens and drummer E.J. Strickland. Unlike the pianist's 1999 debut, this outing emphasizes original compositions, including two contrasting waltzes ("The Message," "Untamed Land") and two blues-based tunes ("Milk With a Koolaid Chaser," "Tall Struttin'"). Davis also honors his employer, Tom Harrell, with a loving version of the trumpeter's "Bell." He employs subtle reharmonizations on the bop classic "Milestones," then heightens the challenge by soloing over the new changes, not the original ones. In addition, Davis includes a composition by his brother, the drummer Quincy Davis, who plays with Harrell as well. By the time Davis gets to the closing title track, he's overflowing with inspiration, slyly quoting Joe Henderson's "Caribbean Fire Dance" on the rambunctious outro. A fine, swinging statement, full of hard bop intensity and melodic eloquence. ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Innocence of Youth, Xavier Davis Trio
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  • 9,90 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 09 July 2001

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