Jesse Davis Quintet – Live at Smalls (2012/2013) [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/88.2kHz]

Jesse Davis Quintet – Live at Smalls (2012/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz | Time – 01:15:19 minutes | 1,51 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © SmallsLIVE
Recorded: December 13, 14,& 15, 2011 at SMALLS JAZZ CLUB, greenwich village NYC

Jesse Davis has a classic tone that will remind you of the best and beautiful days of bebop. WithLive At Smallsyou get a feeling of a classic jazz performance. This live performance from 2011 features great interaction between Davis and Ryan Kisor; Davis sounds bold and his quintet have an urgency that makes this live date extremely exciting and romantic. A great session filled with lengthy selections and is a perfect introduction to a great performer.

One of the best albums in years from altoist Jesse Davis – recorded in a relaxed, open-ended style that really unlocks some new magic in his horn! Davis’ studio records are all quite nice, but this live date really takes him to places we’ve never heard before – a really old school exploration of alto modes that brings us back to Stitt or Criss, and shows a long-winded creativity we hardly knew that Jesse had. The rhythm section really helps the feel of the record, too – with a lot of humanity in the piano of Spike Wilner, mixed with the impeccable work of Peter Washington on bass and Billy Drummond on drums. Ryan Kisor’s trumpet adds one more horn to the mix – and titles include “I’ll Close My Eyes”, “Piece Of The Apple”, “Pray Thee/Beyond The Storm”, “Journey From The Lighthouse”, and “Body & Soul”. –Dusty Groove

The alto saxophonist Jesse Davis, who worked in New York during the late 1980s and ’90s before moving back to his hometown, New Orleans, carries Cannonball Adderley and Charlie Parker in his playing. That’s nothing categorically new, and for some, categorical newness is where validity lives. He seemed to be around a lot 15 years ago — in New York clubs and on records — then not so much. He’s getting into his late 40s now; one could argue that back then he was playing the sort of music he’d be expressing more deeply in middle age. So — have you heard him in a while? On “Live at Smalls” (Smalls Live), recorded last year with a quintet including the pianist Spike Wilner, the trumpeter Ryan Kisor, the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Billy Drummond, his playing bounces off the walls, arguing and winning its own case. His phrasing is loose, his tone individual, immediate, raucous; it sounds alive, almost electrified. This is jazz with bop, blues and gospel elements, oriented around standards and common-practice harmony, casual but wide awake. There’s a variation on “Sweet Georgia Brown,” a version of “Body and Soul,” a spiritual that narrows down to a bass solo (“Pray Thee/Beyond the Storm”). Each tune lasts more than 10 minutes, but earns its space. –Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

1 I’ll Close My Eyes 19:51
2 Piece Of The Apple 18:55
3 Body & Soul 10:55
4 Pray Thee/Beyond The Storm 12:57
5 Journey From The Lighthouse 12:41

Jesse Davis – Alto Saxophone
Ryan Kisor – Trumpet
Spike Wilner – Piano
Peter Washington – Bass
Billy Drummond – Drums