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David Davis – Dig This!

Dec. 20, 2017

Connecticut-born saxman David Davis has been wrapping his smooth sound around the senses of this genre’s listeners since 1998. With eight previous releases under his belt, he now embarks on another classy journey with his latest Dig This!, a generous 15-track album with blends of smooth jazz, fusion, and sexy soul.

The grooves here are saucy, creative, and inundated with color and enchantment. Joined by violinist Christian Howes and guitarist Rohn Lawrence on select tracks, Davis uses innovation like the Pied Piper used his flute.

Some of the most notable contributions can be found on the high-steppin’ lead and title track, “Blue Skies,” the finger-snappin’ & funky “Dragon Moor” – a tune complemented by an interesting narrative at the beginning – the soulful, seductive “Tell Me” featuring the silky vocals of Elizabeth Dellinger, the slick, effects-laced “Ace in the Hole,” the cleverly arranged fusion-based “Ek Soni Kudi,” and a spirited version of “Heartbreak Hotel.” By the way, Davis’ use of the vocoder does add another splash of vibrancy to his music here. He displays it in various places throughout this album, not the least of which is on his “Music Chose Me” track, which includes a descriptive narrative and rap. It’s clear that the saxman wanted this to be a most eclectic venture.

Throughout the album, including the snappy, rather sassy “Lina’s Dilemma,” “Livia’s Dream,” and “Surrealism,” Davis mixes, stirs, and tosses up every concoction of good jazzy sounds imaginable with the help of cool effects and narratives/rap. Along with his sax, he also graciously highlights the bass, guitar, and keys contributions in equal measure.

The whole trip is a real experience loaded with genuine desire to appeal to and win over your musical senses. Good stuff for the ears and mind. As the title directs: Dig This! – Ronald Jackson