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Frost Concert Jazz Band/Daversa: Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra (ArtistShare)

Guitarist/composer Justin Morell is known for taking high-degree-of-difficulty challenges, including mixing the jazz and classical genres. For his Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra, Morell features elements of concertos by Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. The Los Angeles-raised composer is assisted by recent multi-Grammy winner John Daversa, chair of studio music and jazz at the University … Read More “Frost Concert Jazz Band/Daversa: Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra (ArtistShare)”

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John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower (BFM)

The pairing of trumpeter John Daversa and tenor saxophonist/bass clarinetist Bob Mintzer on this small-group recording is a particularly inspired one. Both musicians customarily reside in the company of large-format ensembles, both are respected educators who manage to keep stifling formalism at a safe distance and, for what it’s worth, as the record’s press material … Read More “John Daversa: Wobbly Dance Flower (BFM)”

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John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles

When interpreting the Beatles, some jazz artists go minimalist, as if shielding themselves from the music’s sheer cultural weight. Not John Daversa. On Kaleidoscope Eyes, the trumpeter-arranger swings for the fences, his mammoth “Progressive Big Band”-60 musicians, including strings, a choir and guests-giving grand voice to eight sprawling, ambitious renderings of Fab Four classics. Daversa … Read More “John Daversa: Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles”

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John Daversa: Artful Joy

The Los Angeles jazz scene has a briskness, muscularity and cosmopolitanism to it that trumpeter and composer John Daversa has absorbed by osmosis. Though he’s toured internationally, the California native never strayed far from his Hollywood home base. He studied at UCLA, CalArts and the University of California before launching his career in the late … Read More “John Daversa: Artful Joy”

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John Daversa: Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album

With Junk Wagon, trumpeter-composer-arranger John Daversa offers a hard-hitting big-band project that owes more to the Brecker Brothers and Jaco Pastorius’ Word of Mouth than to Ellington, Basie or Kenton. On the dynamic two-part “The Bridge,” Daversa brandishes some wicked wah-wah trumpet over a pulsating groove while the horns chime in with intricate counterpoint. The … Read More “John Daversa: Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album”

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