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Steve Davis: Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)

With high-profile gigs and a long-planned recording date on the near horizon, what should a musician do when a beloved sibling dies suddenly and a dreaded political reality looms? Steve Davis, probably best known as the capable trombonist with Chick Corea’s late-’90s Origin band, and recognized as the last Jazz Messenger hired by Art Blakey, … Read More “Steve Davis: Think Ahead (Smoke Sessions)”

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Steve Davis: Say When

What worked for J.J. Johnson will work for Steve Davis-that’s the apparent logic behind Say When, Davis’ competent but ultimately middling tribute to his and all bebop trombonists’ forefather. Davis expresses in the liner notes his desire for the world to hear Johnson’s music, but the strength of that desire paints him into a corner. … Read More “Steve Davis: Say When”

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Steve Davis: Gettin’ It Done

A stalwart on the scene since the ’90s, when he worked with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Jackie McLean and Chick Corea’s Origin, trombonist Steve Davis has established himself as one of the most accomplished and lyrical improvisers on his instrument as well as a prolific composer. A longstanding member of the co-op band One for … Read More “Steve Davis: Gettin’ It Done”

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