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Dave Young: Lotus Blossom (Modica)

A review of the bassist's album featuring Renee Rosnes, Terry Clarke, and others

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Lotus Blossom by Dave Young
The cover of Lotus Blossom by Dave Young

Dave Young’s Lotus Blossom can be considered something of a byproduct, but these performances never betray that fact. Recorded at the same 2016 session that yielded the venerated bassist’s Juno-nominated One Way Up, it’s a solid reminder that an album’s offerings often belie its origins.

Focusing largely on first takes that, with only one exception, are presented in the order they were recorded, this collection operates with a no-fuss mentality. And with some of Canada’s best along for the trip—including pianist Renee Rosnes, one of that country’s finest expats, and drummer Terry Clarke, a legend in his own right—it should come as no surprise that this seven-song set makes for a comfortable and beautiful ride.

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Dan Bilawsky

Dan Bilawsky has been involved in jazz journalism for 15 years. His work has appeared in JazzTimes, JAZZed, and All About Jazz, among other outlets. In addition, he’s penned liner notes for artists on Red, Capri, HighNote/Savant, Ropeadope, and other respected imprints. A band director with 20 years of teaching experience, he holds degrees in music from Indiana University, the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, and Five Towns College.