James Davis — trumpet
Dave Miller — guitar
Rob Clearfield— piano
Matt Ulery — double bass
Quin Kirchner — drums
This quintet’s members are frequent collaborators in various projects, here presenting a set of Davis’ compositions. In fact, this group of musicians have collaborated in kaleidoscopic ways. For instance: Davis, Miller and Kirchner had a long history with their band Zing!. Clearfield is a mainstay in Ulery’s various projects, including Loom and Ulery’s large-ensemble projects, some of which Davis and Miller have recorded and/or performed with. Clearfield leads a trio that features Kirchner as a member, and minus Davis the remaining quartet appears as Funky Miracle.
This group developed the material together on performances over the last few years, convening in January of 2017 for a three-day residency at The Whistler (Chicago, IL). The selections presented here are some of the highlights from the residency.
The compositions are inspired by life’s transitions, the entering and exiting of life’s different chapters, and fulfillment arising from unexpected sources.
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Had everyone had warning of what to expect? "Opener" set the scene for those unsure newcomers. "Long Way Home" - an apt title: what a break. Idris wanders off leaving Leon, Emre and Satin to find the way... with a joyful reunion at the end.
The journeys continue through the rest of the show - Leon constantly providing that anchor around which the wonder this world - and, of course, Other Worlds - fly at their own pace.
You may know of Janek Gwizdala - if not Hidden Treasures gives hints. Peter Jones
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Jimmy easily would have fit in with this outfit, and it would have been a joy to listen to for another reason. These musicians are engaged and perform at the top of their game, every piece. Kenneth Pyron