CHARLES DAVIS – SUPER 80
LP Nilva Records (France 1982)
Charles Davis is a musician who was brought to my attention thanks to the fondly remembered STRATA EAST FAN CLUB blog. Long gone unfortunately! Those were the golden days of jazz blogging … For a long time I thought I knew a lot about jazz until these specialized blogs made me realize there was so much I did not know.
Charles Davis is one of those players that deserves to be better known. His discography as a leader is very modest:
1974: Ingia! (Strata-East Records, with Ronnie Mathews, Louis Hayes, David Williams, Andrew "Tex" Allen, Gerald Hayes, Louis Davis)
1979: Dedicated to Tadd (West 54 Records)
1982: Super 80 (Nilva Records) with Walter Booker, Gene Adler, Michael Carvin
1990: Reflections (Red Records) with Barry Harris, Peter Washington, Ben Riley
2003: Blue Gardenia (Reade Street) with Cedar Walton, Peter Washington, Joe Farnsworth
2007: Land of Dreams (Smalls Records)
This 1982 set for Nilva is one of the best records he ever cut! Davis' has a way of setting an edge in his saxophone right away – marking his sound, then his solos, as quite different from the rest – full of feeling, but often in a subtle way – burning with the sort of quiet fire we love in Clifford Jordan, a player who Davis matches for sound and style on this set.
The date's a quartet one, with lots of room for Charles' horn – and the rest of the group includes Gene Adler on piano - who plays some inspired soli, the ever reliable Walter Booker on bass, and Michael Carvin on drums (Dusty Groove).
An interesting choice of tracks mixing originals by Davis and pianist Gene Adler, a Billy Strayhorn standard and a latin-tinged Kenny Dorham composition.
- Super 80,
- Chelsea Bridge
- Mother Pearl sister Ruth
- Blue Gene's
- Hi Fly
- Una Mas