photo by Bryan Murray
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Jeff Davis Dragon Father LIVE at Cornelia Street Cafe.
This live performance is to be released on Fresh Sound Records as a follow up to Leaf House. Look for the release May 2014.
Album Release Concert on Saturday, May 17th at Cornelia Street Cafe
Recorded live on Friday, Match 29th 2013 at the Cornelia Street Cafe by Joe Branciforte
Dragon Father Band: Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone and clarinet), Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums and compositions)
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Please check out my previous trio recording on Fresh Sound /New Talent Records. I love this trio. Russ and Eivind are masters at their craft. It is always amazing working with these guys.
Russ Lossing (piano), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums/compositions)
Check out this preview track: Leaf House
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Troy Collins’ Best of 2010
by Troy Collins
New Review from Free Jazz:
Jeff Davis – We Sleep Outside (Loyallabel, 2010)
By Joe Higham
Downtown Music Gallery Review
This is Jeff Davis’ first disc as a leader and it is a powerful debut from one of Downtown’s best drummers. I’ve played this a half dozen times over the past month and I am still blown away by the energy and craft that went into this gem. This first piece is called “Bruce and Brunost Suite” and it recalls the creative fury and sound of that amazing Miles Davis Quintet of the late sixties, with Tony Williams kicking up the energy another notch and Herbie Hancock playing some eerie electric piano. I wasn’t very familiar with saxist Tony Barba before this but his dark tone and controlled fire-breathing sound are perfect for this group. The rhythm team work by Mr. Davis and Mr. Opsvik is consistently intense and focused, you can tell that they’ve been playing together for a while with Tony Malaby, Jesse Stacken & Kris Davis’ bands. While the electric piano-led rhythm team swirls tightly together, the horns & guitar play simmering jabs around one another on top. The total effect is astonishing! I also didn’t know of guitarist Jon Goldberger before now, except for his playing on a recent release by another downtown drummer, Harris Eisenstadt (reviewed above), but I dig the angular & well-placed notes that Mr. Goldberger adds to this great sextet. What makes this group special is that they have this way of sounding both tight and loose at the same time. On “Talk to Me” the interplay between the tenor sax and guitar is especially intriguing as they trade notes back & forth while the piano, bass & drums spin furiously underneath. “Black Beard” reminds me of one of those great mid-seventies jazz/rock/fusion records with blisterin’ guitar, wailin’ sax, and an incredible rhythm team kicking it from below. For “Fred Ullmann”, Jeff has written some lovely, somber harmonies for the clarinet, trumpet, piano and guitar, spacious and exquisitely played. I dig the way the piano and drums play in different tempos on “Slipper Hero” and then come together by the time the horns jump in. Kris plays a great out piano solo that keeps changing direction as the song evolves through different sections. Jeff Davis’ composing is consistently engaging and it keeps his marvelous sextet on their toes throughout. Another one of this month’s under-appreciated masterworks. – Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
Friday, April 8th – Jazz Listings The New York Times By NATE CHINEN
Jeff Davis (Saturday and Wednesday) Mr. Davis, a versatile and texture-aware drummer, appears on Saturday with a quintet much like the one on his exploratory debut, “We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label). Next Wednesday he introduces a new trio with a pair of familiar partners, the pianist Russ Lossing and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. Saturday at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Tea Lounge, 837 Union Street, near Sixth Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn, (718) 789-2762, tealoungeny.com; suggested donation, $5. Wednesday at 8 p.m., Barbès, 376 Ninth Street, at Sixth Avenue, Park Slope , (347) 422-0248, barbesbrooklyn.com; $10 cover. (Chinen)
April 16, 2010 – Jazz Listings The New York Times by NATE CHINEN
JEFF DAVIS BAND (Tuesday) “We Sleep Outside” (Loyal Label) is the restlessly episodic debut by Jeff Davis, a drummer of broad experience in left-of-center jazz circles. It features most of the musicians assembled here: the trumpeter Kirk Knuffke, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Tony Barba, the guitarist Jonathan Goldberger and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. (The trombonist Ben Gerstein, who isn’t on the album, will be a welcome addition.) At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, West Village , (212) 989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com; cover, $10, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)
The New York Times Jazz Listings Feb 1, 2011
Jeff Davis New Trio / Tim Berne’s Totopos (Tuesday) Jeff Davis, a versatile and texture-aware drummer, plays a 9 p.m. set with two expressive partners, the pianist Russ Lossing and the bassist Eivind Opsvik. At 10:30, the alto saxophonist Tim Berne leads his rugged new working band Los Totopos, with Matt Mitchell on piano, Oscar Noriega on clarinets and Ches Smith on drums. At 8:30 p.m., Korzo, 667 Fifth Avenue, at 20th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn , (718) 285-9425, myspace.com/konceptions; $5 suggested donation. (Chinen)
We Sleep Outside - Jeff Davis (Loyal)
by Matthew Miller
Fans of progressive jazz know Jeff Davis, if not by name, then as the propulsive force behind bassist Michael Bates, multireedist Oscar Noriega, and a host New York mainstays. The Colorado native’s articulate, often-fiery brand of percussion has precedence in the styles of Tony Williams and Jack DeJohnette, but transcends them through a process of de and reconstruction, and an episodic style that carries over into his compositions. Recorded in 2007, Davis’ debut as a leader, “We Sleep Outside,” is a remarkably assured document that finds the astute drummer in the company of a quartet of first-rate improvisers.
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All About Jazz (Troy Collins):
“Like many of his generation, his writing encompasses a number of genres, yet Davis understands the importance of creating a context for such diversity. Sequencing individual tunes into a suite-like program, the set unfolds episodically, seamlessly blending divergent moods.”