29 November 2006


Feels like I was after this one for ever-I first heard the title track over 20 years ago on a tape I borrowed from my friend Sheldon called The Cry-The Response which had been put together by Hugh of The Cutting Edge and A Night in Havana .That tune blew me away(as did the rest of the comp) I loved it but I could never afford the big bucks the lp went for.Time went on and then last year I finally picked one up for a paltry £25-bargain!
So this one's for Sheldon-see you soon!
And here's some more info on Nathan Davis from allaboutjazz:
Nathan Davis remembers it like it was yesterday. Sitting in his office at the University of Pittsburgh in the ‘70s reading a Downbeat magazine. “It said, ‘Dexter Gordon returned back, Woody Shaw returned back to great ovations. What ever happened to Nathan Davis?’ And boy, a big tear came to my eye,” he recalls laughing. “Because I had been playing all the time. Still playing. But people had that kind of attitude towards a musician who was teaching.”
Nathan Davis may well possess the most impressive credentials of any jazz musician to ever be almost completely overlooked by the American press. Born in Kansas City, February 15th, 1937, not far from the house Charlie Parker grew up in, he began his professional career, like Bird, playing with Jay McShann. After graduating from the University of Kansas, with a degree in music education, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to Germany where he toured with a band entertaining the troops. “I started to get a taste for Europe. So when I left the Army in 1962 I decided to stay,” he says. “The truth was when I decided to stay in Europe, I did so because I wanted to work as a musician and not a school teacher. First I worked with Benny Bailey and Joe Harris in Berlin and then Joachim Berendt produced Expatriate Americans in Europe and Kenny Clarke heard me and invited me to join him in Paris at the club St. Germain des Pres. So night after night I’m playing with Kenny Clarke. Dexter Gordon would come in, Johnny Griffin would come in, Sonny Criss and then Don Byas would come in. And then Erroll Garner and the MJQ, would all come in and play with us. After a while I said, ‘Shit, what am I going back to the States for, I’m working with more people over here than I ever could in the States.’ And that’s why I stayed because if I came back to the States I would just be another cat…”
Davis stayed in Europe for nearly seven years, during which time he developed close friendships with fellow expatriates like Donald Byrd and Eric Dolphy. When Dolphy died suddenly in 1964, Davis decided to honor his last wish by bringing over trumpeter Woody Shaw to play with him. “We were working seven nights a week, and after about two or three weeks, Woody came to me and said, ‘I wanna go home, I wanna go home.’ He was right out of high school when I sent for him. I said, ‘Hey, wait a minute, man. You’ve only been here a month or so, give it time.’ So he said, ‘Then send for my boys.’ - organist Larry Young and drummer Billy Brooks. Together, with Jimmy Woode on bass, they formed the quintet that would appear on Davis’ debut recording Happy Girl (with Young on piano) in early 1965.
Later that year the saxophonist got an important call to serve as Wayne Shorter’s replacement with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers on a European tour. At the end of the gig Blakey asked him to stay. “He told me ‘Yeah Davis, I want you to stick with the band. You’ll be the musical director and whatever we play, you will write. You will be just the same as Wayne was.’ At that time my daughter was just born, I said, ‘I really appreciate this, but I can’t go back. I’m staying in Paris to be with my family.’ And that was my intent. Every time I would see his new group he would tell the story, ‘Hey this is Nathan Davis, he used to be my tenor player. I want you all to meet him. He’s the only man in America who ever turned me down.’“
Davis did come back to the U.S. in 1969. At the urging of Donald Byrd and Dave Baker he accepted a position at the University of Pittsburgh, as Director of the first full curriculum jazz studies program. 35 years later, he’s still there. During that time he’s developed a model program, established a Jazz Hall of Fame, earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan and recorded a half dozen or so excellent albums as a leader. In 1985 he got back together with Woody Shaw to form the Paris Reunion Band, an all-star aggregation that at times also included Johnny Griffin, Joe Henderson, Nat Adderley and Slide Hampton. After Shaw’s death in ‘89 he lost interest in the group. In the ‘90s he formed the band Roots, with fellow saxophonists Arthur Blythe, Chico Freeman and Sam Rivers, who was later succeeded by Benny Golson. He played the Blue Note in New York with Dizzy Gillespie and toured as The Three Tenors with Grover Washington, Jr. and James Moody. He’ll be back at the Blue Note this month with Moody as part of the saxophonist’s 80th Birthday Tribute. With an upcoming New York appearance and a just released new recording, The Other Side of the Morning - Dedicated to Eric Dolphy, on which Davis plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, clarinet and bass clarinet, it might just be time for the jazz press to take notice that Nathan Davis is back.
Recommended Listening: • Eric Dolphy - Last Recordings: Naima/Unrealized Tapes (West Wind, 1964)• Nathan Davis - Two Originals: Happy Girl and Hip Walk (Saba-MPS, 1965)• Nathan Davis - The 6th Sense in the 11th House (Segue, 1972)• Paris Reunion Band - French Cooking (Gazell, 1985)• Nathan Davis - I’m a Fool to Want You (Tomorrow International, 1994)• Nathan Davis - The Other Side of Morning (Tomorrow International, 2004)

The 6th Sense in the 11th House (1972)Segué 1002 (LP). Recorded at WRS Recording Studios, Pittsburgh.
Nathan Davis - tenor and soprano sax, bass clarinet, and flute; Sir Roland Hanna - piano; Richard Davis - bass; Alan Dawson - drums.
1. 6th Sense In the 11th House(Davis) 5:552. Tribute to Malcolm (Davis) 9:433. Yo Thang (Davis) 3:304. This for Richard (Davis) 6:205. C'est Pour Moi (Davis) 4:176. The Shadow of Your Smile (Johnny Mandel) 9:32
Tough one to find - no reissues - ripped from the original vinyl.
Thanks for all your positive comments about reviews etc on this site-I'll keep 'em coming then!


Reza said...
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Anastasios said...

reviews are nice...it's educating for all!!
keep on trackin'

nicholas said...

For sure - the reviews are most definitely required.

wooodenelephant said...

Its nice to have some background to the music. I say keep the blurbs.

Wilfried said...

Wonderful music. Great Infos.

dylanfan said...

I appreciate the comments and promise to leave more comments myself!

Thomas said...

I too crave comments!

Factory said...

Indeed nice site Basoco. I'm just discovering it and keep on blogging wonderful music!

Err... Could you repost "Salah Ragab & The Cairo Jazz Band" please!!!

pastyhead said...

ii my hanson....this b "grand my BIRD" right proper :}.. pastyhead

Pekis said...

Hi Bacoso,

May I introduce one more request ?
I would be very very happy with "Silver 'n Strings" in order to complete my "Silver 'n" Series.

Would you be interested in exchanging it with "Montreux Summit Vol. 1", "Montreux Summit Vol. 2" or Erwin Lehn "Color in Jazz", all of these being out of print ?

Thanks, Monkey :)

michael said...

i am a n00b here, but have been visiting for about 2 weeks now...yet i am confused...can i DL any of these treasures?

it is great to get my read on with all of these treasures, but i'd like to listen!

is this a service offered here and am i just missing the links? or is that not the point here.

sorry, but i am still on the learning curve here

D.J. said...

Can anyone offer Happy Girl here? I'd love to hear more Davis.

I have a Paris Reunion Band recording or two I can upload somewhere when I figure out how to get going.

bacoso said...


chazz said...

Hey anybody have a a post of Nathan Davis "Other Side Of Morning"-Tried to get Prof.Davis by email to find copy but no return email.I have everything he ever recorded except it.One you didn't mention that's a great of is "Jazz From A Benedictine Monastary" on French Eddici and his first LP "Peace Treaty" worth getting on re-issue Cd or LP.He is also on Benny Bailey's "Soul Eyes:Live At The Domicile" led by Benny Bailey with our man Mal on key's.ZFor my oney Nathan Davis is the person most deserving of greater recognition in all jazz history.

taro nombei said...

hi bacoso
3 years late, but here we are at last, picking up this gem... i've been listening to other nathan davis albums recently, so very happy to hear this.

Nathan said...

Great music. thank you soooooooooo much. Terrific blog too!!!! Keep up all the great work. DO you happen to have scans of the back? Or a bigger scan of the front? Would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for all the great music,

Nathan said...

Great music. thank you soooooooooo much. Terrific blog too!!!! Keep up all the great work. DO you happen to have scans of the back? Or a bigger scan of the front? Would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks for all the great music,

Philo said...

Nathan Davis - The 6th Sense In The 11th House (1972)

This music is new to me.

I enjoyed the music and your comments.


Subhankar said...

Hi Bacoso

Recently discovered the excellent music of Nathan Davis at the King Cake blog, and got your link from there.

Is it possible to get download links for 'Happy Girl', 'Hip Walk', '6th Sense in the 11th House'?



Y.H C said...

wow, nice digging for me, could you please reup this album for me?

thanks in advanced!

rm said...

thank you very much

bluebird said...

Many thanks for the Nathan Davis (6th Sense) - not often seen so very pleased that it's still up on your blog. Just playing it now. Absolutely perfect pitch even at those ultra slow tempos he is so good at. That's the sign of a brilliant musician.
One of the most under-rated players around - and he's still playing back in the States now.
Any chance of bigger scans of lp front and back ?
Thanks again.