Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

David Berkman

David Berkman

Since 1985, pianist David Berkman has demonstrated a graceful touch and a sense of harmonic ingenuity in the service of such bandleaders as bassist Cecil McBee, trumpeter Tom Harrell and in the Vanguard Orchestra as well as on a 1989 tour with the Woody Herman Orchestra. Berkman’s own debut as a leader, Handmade (Palmetto), far surpasses the promise he has shown as a sideman.

A strikingly original project featuring Harrell, saxophonist Steve Wilson, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Brian Blade, the strength of Handmade lies in the exploratory nature of Berkman’s compositions, which elicits some scintillating solo contributions from all the players. “The tunes I write are not incredibly complicated fusiony-oriented ensemble passages or anything like that,” says the composer. “I hate ever telling anybody what to do at all. I just try to let the form of the tunes provide a direction for everybody to interact.”

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published