and born in Connecticut saxophonist David Davis emphasizes
the fact that the greatest work of his life are his two
daughters, whom he lovingly addresses as a family man.
In second place his solo albums are to be mentioned, as
there are his debut, the Christmas album The Reason For
The Season (1998), Can't Get Enough Of Your Love
(2000), This Christmas, a Christmas album with
Hartford’s vocalist, Charmagne (2001), Reparations,
a compilation with various artists from Connecticut. Further
albums are Smile (2006), Song Of David
(2007), Pop Droppin It (2008), and An R&B Edge
His 9th full-length album Dig It! will be released January 18th, 2018, ten years after his previous
projects. His new album features singer Elizabeth Dellinger,
guitarist Rohn Lawrence, bassist Lawrence White and several
guest musicians on selected tracks.
The album starts with a good-natured title song, processing
the elements of nursery rhymes into an irresistible groove.
Blue Skies shines with an easygoing flow and
excellent contributions by bassist Steve Clarke and
guitarist Gabe Blizman.
Chick Flick promises dignified elegance with Davis'
sax arrangement underlined by Christian Howes on violin.
Dragon Moor steps on the gas with a mighty beat in hip
hop style with a jazzy piano overhead.
Tell Me features sultry singer Elizabeth Dellinger
with the breath of a living soul. Ace In The Hole
presents in a inseparable mixture of funk and contemporary
jazz bass veteran Ace Livingston. I Need Your Love
follows modern trends like Vocoder vocals, drum programming,
clapping and auto tune, anyway, Jasleni's vocals are a
Ek Soni Kudi is the daring blend of Indian music
with modern urban jazz. The title Heartbreak Hotel
is since Elvis Presley a synonym for rock and roll. David
Davis enters the sacred gates to present his own rock
interpretation on base of Michael Jackson’s original song. Music Chose Me is his commitment to
music, performed by Vocoder vocals and enriched by the vocal
contributions of singer Elizabeth Dellinger and rapper
Lina’s Dilemma is certainly not straightforward and
the musical relationship between saxophone and piano and
keyboard accompaniment requires a new understanding of
harmony. Blair Bryant had a great influence on the
creation of Livia’s Dream. He co-produced the song and
played drums, bass and additional keys. He is called a true
musical prodigy and a fierce bassist and you understand his
motto, that the bass is the foundation of the groove.
The title Surrealism does not bode well for me.
After a brief explanation of the real, it's time to get down
to business. It seems David is looking for a match between
smooth jazz and free jazz. Haneef Nelson on flugelhorn
brings serenity to the topic. What Love Is however,
turns out to be an exciting groovy catchy. Three components
are responsible. First, the groovy rhythm, second, the sexy
voice of NuNuu Smith and, moreover, Davis holds convincingly
to the laws of harmony.
Final song is Sweet Aroma, in which Davis makes
clear again why his album deserves the title "special". His
mind-blowing solo on the EWI can compete easily with the
impressive solo by Jonathan Dubose on guitar.
David Davis plays on his album Dig This! sometimes
against the grain. He is quickly forgiven this escapades.
Because genius is behind the unusual.
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Title: Dig This!
Artist: David Davis
Genre: Smooth Jazz
Label: 3d Dynasty Music
1. Dig This (feat. Dave Porter)
2. Blue Skies (feat. Steve
3. Chick Flick (feat. Christian Howes)
5. Tell Me (feat. Elizabeth Dellinger)
6. Ace In
The Hole (feat. Ace Livingston)
7. I Need Your Love (feat.
8. Ek Soni Kudi
9. Heartbreak Hotel
Music Chose Me (feat. Jadon)
11.Lina’s Dilemma (feat. Chris
12.Livia’s Dream (feat. Blair Bryant)
13.Surrealism (feat. Haneef Nelson)
14.What Love Is (feat.
L. Nunuu Smith)
15.Sweet Aroma (feat. Jonathan Dubose)