2 December 2006

NATHAN DAVIS - HAPPY GIRL




















Nathan Davis spent some time living and working in Europe in the mid-'60s before returning to the United States to serve in jazz education. On this date for MPS he is joined by trumpeter Woody Shaw, Larry Young (on piano rather than organ), bassist Jimmy Woode and drummer Billy Brooks. His happy "The Flute in the Blues" showcases his lighthearted flute playing, accompanied only by bass and drums. His big tone on tenor sax in the standard ballad "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" is somewhat suggestive of John Coltrane, but with a stronger vibrato. His original "Evolution" has an exotic sound like the kind of post-bop material that was recorded by various Blue Note artists a year or two later. Shaw contributed the fascinating "Theme From Zoltan," which showcases Brooks' inventive polyrhythms and Woodes adventurous bass, backing strong solos by the trumpeter and the leader (on tenor sax). The jaunty, angular blues "Along Came Byrd" finds Davis holding his own on soprano sax.
Ken Dryden, All Music Guide

12 comments:

dell said...

thanks for the nathan davis drops! great stuff.

vesper said...

he's definitely an underrated player

Patricia said...
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Patricia said...

Thank you for letting me enjoy this hard-to-find music . Makes me want to hear Hip Walk .

D.J. said...

Great to see more Nathan Davis posted. I was looking for this and could only find a pricey Japanese issue that cost around a dollar per minute of running time.

E-mile said...

Bacoso, tracked this one down on behalve of a link on El Goog Ja's place, one of the 'most brilliant' albums I heard in a while!
Excellent!!!
(***** star rating in my ears ;-)

winton tostello said...

thanks foe another time.i prepare myself for waves of spiritual energy...!

S Park said...

Great album! Really diggin his sax playing

taro nombei said...

finally got around to listening to this -- I'm amazed how good it is.
many thanks as always!

Tomaso Alba said...

Lovely, enjoyable and relaxing record.

Thanks again for a great music selection.

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Hoochie Coochie man said...

NICE!
Cant wait to hear this. Loving the makatuka album, thought that this might be as good.. Thanks!

GIBSON L5 ( RAZ ) said...

what a wonderful post !
thank you very much :-)
Raz