Portrait in Sound
Steve Davis

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Track Listing
1. Portrait in Sound
2. I'm Old Fashioned
3. Shadows
4. The Slowdown
5. Darn That Dream
6. Runway
7. Somber Song
8. A Bundle of Joy
9. I Found You
10. Samba D

Detailed Description / Musicians
Steve Davis - trombone
Steve Nelson - vibes
David Hazletine - piano, Fender Rhodes
Brad Meldhau - piano
Avishai Cohen - bass
Nat Reeves - bass
Joe Farnsworth - drums
Jeff Ballard - drums
Steve Wilson - alto sax, alto flute

Chick Corea has been instrumental in shaping the musical identities of many artists and trombonist, Steve Davis is no exception. As a member of Corea's successful ensemble Origin, Davis has been an extraordinary sideman contributing his great slides to a variety of brilliant sounds. With his debut release for Corea's Stretch Records, Steve Davis has stepped into the spotlight with PORTRAIT IN SOUND and through his virtuosity as a trombonist, composer and producer, leads a highly adept, harmonic set that engages the listener from beginning to end. Joined by vibraphonist, Steve Nelson, co-producer and Origin band mate, Steve Wilson, pianist David Hazeltine, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums as his core ensemble, Steve Davis offers seven original compositions for our listening pleasure. The group covers the classic standards, "I'm Old Fashioned," "Darn That Dream," and debuts the newly-penned Corea composition, "Shadows," which features the excellence and superior range of special guest artists, world-class bassist Avishai Cohen, the maturity and class of drummer/percussionist Jeff Ballard, and the highly acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau. In addition to playing alto saxophone on the program, Steve Wilson plays alto flute on "I Found You," and together with Davis, Avishai, Jeff, and Brad, the young veterans display their commitment to musical excellence. Davis' diverse talents are also commendable for pairing the trombone and the vibraphone. This is especially interesting on the title track, "Portrait In Sound" and "Samba D" and any suggestion of incompatibility is dispelled by their impeccable focus on these songs. PORTRAIT IN SOUND instantly reveals Steve Davis as an expert trombone player who communicates his musical visions with instinctive self-confidence as well as technical expertise.

--Paula Edelstein
All Music Guide

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Steve Davis is widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisors on the trombone. His lyrical, hard-swinging style first gained him broad recognition during the 1990's while working with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea's acclaimed sextet Origin and the renowned cooperative sextet, One For All.

Born in Worcester, MA in 1967, Steve was raised in Binghamton, NY and graduated in 1989 from The Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford). It was Mc Lean's guidence and recommendation that helped Davis land his first major gig with Art Blakey in NYC in Dec 1989. Steve returned to Hartford in 1992 to join Mc Lean's sextet and begin teaching alongside his mentor at both the Hartt School and Artist's Collective. Davis has resided in Hartford ever since.

In May 2006, Davis presents his 9th CD as a leader, "Update" (Criss Cross) which features the stellar line-up of Peter Bernstein, Anthony Wonsey, Nat Reeves, Joe Farnsworth and special guest Roy Hargrove.

Lately, Steve has been leading his own bands with more frequency including an all-star quintet featuring Steve Nelson, Larry Willis, Nat Reeves and Joe Farnsworth. Davis has also formed a new quartet/quintet featuring rising stars David Bryant (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and renowned drummer, Eric McPherson. On occasion, the band is augmented by exciting, frontline-mates Mike DiRubbo - alto sax and/or Ray Mc Morrin - tenor sax, Josh Evans - trumpet.

Steve also continues to perform and record with the well-known, collective unit One For All (feat. Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, Peter Washington, Nat Reeves or David Williams and Joe Farnsworth). The band has recorded 11 CD's since 1997 for Sharp Nine, Criss Cross and Venus/Japan. Both their recordings and live performances have garnered rave reviews. In 2006, Second Floor Music will be publishing One For All sextet charts in two sets, as recorded on the group's first two CD's, "Too Soon To Tell" (1997) and "Optimism" (1998) for Sharp Nine Records.

Ever in-demand as a sideman, Davis is featured on over seventy recordings and has worked in recent years with a broad range of jazz icons including Horace Silver, Cecil Payne, Larry Willis, Freddie Hubbard (w/ New Jazz Composers Octet), The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band/Sextet, Slide Hampton`s World of Trombones, Wynton Marsalis (w/ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra) and Steve Turre's One 4 J.

Steve has also worked with a variety of his peers over the years including Claudia Acuna, Eric Alexander, Abraham Burton, Avishai Cohen, Mike DiRubbo, Dena DeRose, John Farnsworth, Jimmy Greene, Roy Hargrove, Stefon Harris, Nicholas Payton and Michael Weiss.

Davis continues to lead an active teaching career at the Hartt School`s Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz (University of Hartford) where he has been on faculty since 1991 and now teaches exclusively.

Steve also continues his long-time affiliation with the Artist`s Collective (founded by Jackie and Dollie McLean) in Hartford, CT where he makes his home (in West Hartford) with his wife, pianist Mary DiPaola-Davis and children Tony and Angie.

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