Michael Fremer Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics!
Style is not a given. Not many musicians reach the level of artistic personality where you can unmistakably recognize them. It takes character, roots, honesty, soulfulness. Nathan Davis had style.
His tone on tenor was unique. So was his soprano sound and his distinctive approach to flute. His musical world was equally original and knew no boundaries.
This concert in Paris is audible proof that as a performer, his fluid phrasing, distinct articulation, booming bottom register, growls and shrieks were fuelled by tremendous drive and furious invention - the man was on fire!
These live sessions demonstrate the limitless invention of Nathan's solos. Holding no punches, weaving signature phrases, shouts and riffs into his solos, he was a fierce and fervid performer. With a sort of hollow resonance at the heart of his reedy and warm sound, Nathan Davis was a highly original artist, from an era when having a distinct sound on your instrument was the grail of jazz artistry. Harold Land, Jimmy Heath, John Gilmore, Paul Gonsalves, Charlie Rouse, George Coleman, Booker Ervin, Clifford Jordan... Jazz is made of such giants and Nathan Davis was one of them.
- Jean Szlamowicz
Note: A slight distortion may appear on two tracks on LP 2. This defect is impossible to erase without distorting the entire recording.
I doubt I'm the only jazz lover who, while listening to inspired live recordings, imagines being in the venue on the night of the performance, and if that happens to you too, well, Live in Paris can take you there.
- 180g Vinyl
- 2021 Repress
- Remastered from the Original Master Tapes
- Cut at SST Studio in Germany
- Pressed by Optimal in Germany using the Metal Mothers from Pallas
- Gatefold Cover with Full Size Photos by Jean-Pierre Leloir
- OBI Strip
- Double Insert with Notes
- Each Record Has Been Visually Checked to Prevent Defects
- Official Release with the Full Permission & Cooperation of the Nathan Davis Estate & INA (Institut National de l'Audiovisuel)
|Georges Arvanitas||piano, organ|
|Jack Diéval||piano (E2)|
|Jacques Hess||bass (E2)|
|Franco Manzecchi||drums (E2)|
- The Hip Walk
- Yesterdays (Flute Version)
- Nathalie's Bounce
- Love Ye The Neighbor
- Mid Evil Dance
- The Rules of Freedom
- The Thing
- Yesterdays (Sax Version)
- Blues For Southeast Asia