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Richard Davis

Richard Davis -The Philosophy of the Spiritual - 1971 - Cobblestone

Arguably the finest solo album Richard Davis ever recorded, with Bill Lee playing bass and cello alongside Davis, as well as composing four of the tunes. The players are amazing, including Chick Corea on piano, and together they create a sublime jazz recording, which is on a par with Brubeck's "Take Five", or Silver's "Song For My Father". Jazz as good as this is rare, especially from the early seventies. This album is like gold dust, so please forgive the "snap, crackle and pop"on the vinyl. If anybody is aware of a CD issue of this album, A.O.O.F.C would be extremely interested. If you can find Richard Davis "Live at Sweet Basil" album, give it a listen. If you think jazz is "highbrow" or inaccessible, listen to the albums "Song For My Father" by Horace Silver and Dave Brubeck's "Take Five". You may find yourself with a new perspective on jazz music.



1. Dear Old Stockholm - Anders Fryxell (Referred to by many as an old Swedish folk song. The original Swedish title, "Ack Värmeland Du Sköna"/"Värmlandsvisan", was originally written by the Värmlandian Anders Fryxell in his musical "Vermlandsflickan")
2.Monica - Bill Lee
3.Oh My God - Nadi Koma


1.The Rabbi - Bill Lee
2.Baby Sweets - Bill Lee
3.Juan Valdez - Bill Lee


Richard Davis - Bass
Chick Corea - Piano
Sam Brown - Guitar
Bill Lee - Bass
Sonny Brown - Drums
Frankie Dunlop - Percussion

N.B: Hi! QTN. Best I could do!


A superb bass technician who doesn't have as extensive a recorded legacy as expected, Richard Davis has a wonderful tone, is excellent with either the bow or fingers, and stands out in any situation. He has been a remarkable free, bebop and hard bop player, served in world class symphony orchestras, backed vocalists and engaged in stunning duets with fellow bassists. He does any and everything well in terms of bass playing; accompaniment, soloing, working with others in the rhythm section, responding to soloists, or playing unison passages. He combines upper register notes with low sounds coaxed through the use of open strings. Davis studied privately nearly 10 years in the '40s and '50s, while also playing with Chicago orchestras. He played with Ahmad Jamal, Charlie Ventura, and Don Shirley in the early and mid-'50s, then worked with Sarah Vaughan in the late '50s and early '60s, as well as Kenny Burrell. Davis divided his duties in the '60s between recording and performing sessions with jazz musicians and freelance work with symphony orchestras conducted by Leonard Bernstein and Igor Stravinsky. He recorded often with Eric Dolphy, including the unforgettable dates at the Five Spot. He also worked with Booker Ervin, Andrew Hill, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Earl Hines, and the Creative Construction Company. Davis teamed with Jaki Byard and Alan Dawson on sessions with Ervin, and others like Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He also played with Van Morrison. During the '70s Davis worked with Hank Jones and Billy Cobham, and he was a member of the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis Orchestra in the '60s and '70s. Davis left New York in 1977 to teach at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he remained into the mid-'80s. He appeared at the Aurex Jazz Festival in Tokyo in 1982, playing in a jam session led by trombonists J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding, and at the 1984 Chicago Jazz Festival. Davis was featured in the 1982 film "Jazz In Exile." He's done relatively few recordings as a leader, though three Muse sessions are now available on CD. The superb The Philosophy Of The Spiritual which matched Davis and fellow bassist Bill Lee is not in print or on CD. © Ron Wynn, allmusic.com


taro nombei said...

much appreciated!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,taro nombei.Many thanks

Anonymous said...

Please repost. I love this album.
Thanks. Mtume O´Brien

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks, Mtume. Here's a new LINK

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