Jesse Davis: Second Nature

Altoist Jesse Davis, he of the bopalicious tone and fluid drive, has apparently joined the legion of jazz musicians who have, for one reason or another, taken refuge in the perceived greener pastures of Europe. In Davis’ case it’s Italy-as soulful a place as any for a native New Orleanian to make his pallet. If Davis’ ultimate hero, Charlie Parker, could find a home in practically any resident rhythm section, why not one of his current progeny? Here Davis finds comfort aplenty with his touring Italian rhythm section: pianist Massimo Farao, drummer Max DallĀ”omo and bassist Aldo Zunino.

To the familiar sunrise “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” Davis grafts the playful “Max the Mensch” and four other of his sparkling originals. Farao kicks in “Tommaso” as a trio feature. The intent here is not to shatter any earth, or forge new territories, merely to swing with grace, beauty and tone-feats the underrated Jesse Davis is always up for.

Optimism reigns supreme, and Second Nature beckons return listens.