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About The Album
ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED TROMBONISTS OF HIS GENERATION, Steve Davis, has been a member of some of jazz’s premiere ensembles: Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Chick Corea’s Origins, the Jackie McLean Sextet, Benny Golson’s New Jazztet, the Christian McBride Big Band, and the all-star collective One For All.
With Correlations, Davis introduces a powerhouse group all his own—a new multi-generational sextet that weaves together a thrilling new sound from myriad common threads, galvanized by tradition but boldly pushing forward. But, their shared adventurousness is just one of the connections that binds these six artists together.
One of the other important correlations that binds these musicians together—: Davis, trumpet and flugelhorn player Joshua Bruneau, saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Xavier Davis, bassist Dezron Douglas, and drummer Jonathan Barber—is the mentorship of the legendary saxophonist and educator Jackie McLean at the University of Hartford. Davis, Douglas, and Escoffery all studied directly under McLean; Bruneau and Barber both entered the program later, with all four benefiting from the tutelage of Davis, who joined the faculty in 1991.
“Jackie instilled in us all the value of playing with fire and conviction,” Davis says. “He stressed the importance of keeping one foot in the past and one foot in the future, balancing the tradition and history with looking to do something that sounds fresh and special. All the guys in the band certainly embody those principles when they play.”
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