CD review: Jon Davis

davisOne Up Front
(Positone PR8110)

Best known for playing with Jaco Pastorius on the West Coast in the mid-1980s, this pianist studied with Lennie Tristano, Jaki Byard and Ran Blake, and has been gigging for nearly 30 years.

Back in his home town of New York a while now, he has been in house bands, taught, and been an in-demand side and session man.

This is a warm and friendly trio disc with Joris Teepe on bass and Shinnosuke Takahashi on drums, with Davis working his way through some of his own tunes interspersed with one by Teepe, How Deep Is The Ocean, You’re The Top, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat and Horace Silver’s Strollin’.

The album has that lived-in feel you get when a man is sure of his jazz home and still working to find those musical highs that make it all worthwhile. Here he moves comfortably from a simmer to a boil and back again.

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