In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Saturday, February 2, 2013


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:

Discography as leader (source Wikipedia)

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)[2]
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. 

  1. Super 80, 
  2. Chelsea Bridge
  3. Mother Pearl sister Ruth
  4. Blue Gene's
  5. Hi Fly
  6. Una Mas


  1. Ripped from original LP. 320kpbs

  2. A Charles Davis album and no reaction? Things ain't what they used to be!

  3. dad jazz daddio. then again i'm a dad too tch

  4. Well, old jazz blog farts like me may already have this one whereas the new kids simple don't have any manners respectively hitting the download-button is their way to say thanks... As you say things ain't what they used to be, nevertheless thanks for your work!

    1. Hi Arkadin, always a pleasure to see you dropping by!

  5. Charles Davis is not a name familiar to me, but your comments intrigued me to download. Covering Billy Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge was a good thing as well. (I really love Ben Webster's version of it.)

  6. hi Boogieman, just saw this Charles Davis to me, loved his strata stuff, so looking forward giving this a spin [:-) alvast een bedankje van te voren zonder nog maar iets van de muziek te horen: dankjewel!

  7. Thanks a million!!

    I recently came to know about him. He's obviously the real deal !

    He also did a date for Fresh Sound in 2006 called 'Our Man In Copenhagen - Plays The Music Of Bent Jaedig" with Sam Yahel, Ben Street and Kresten Osgood. Really nice, as you would expect !

    Thanks for all the wonderful music, specially the Domnerus albums !!

    One of the great blogs this is !

    Santiago, Chile

    1. Thanks for these kind words, Pancho.
      I know about the Fresh Sound album. It is still available on FS website:

  8. NEW LINK:

    1. This time I was alert enough ;)
      Thanks for the re-up!

  9. In case you do not have it yet, here is a link to the Strata East album (Ingia). Not my rip. Originally posted on the Srata Eadt Fan Club blog.

  10. Thank you so much! Any Strata-East intrigues me.