Side by Side
Justin Time Records
For the benefit of those wondering "Dave who?" he's one of Canada's top couple of bassists. This volume, the third of a series, pairs him with 11 of the finest pianists around, including Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, Tommy Flanagan, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Barron.
With such a large cast of players, there's a big stylistic mix to be had. Of the traditionalists, Peterson is first up, with "In A Mellow Tone," which provides a natural vehicle for some beautiful two-way interplay. Ellis Marsalis' soulful yet commanding take on "Juicy Lucy" opens the door for a fluent Young excursion. In a more progressive vein, "Joshua," with Cedar Walton, shifts gears in terms of tempo and groove and finds Dave phrasing through his solo like the champ he is. And "Marie Antoinette," with the fluent Renee Rosnes, cooks thanks to that rock steady bass groove. With great tone, intonation, and technique and no shortage in the ideas department, Young's playing is about as good as it gets.