What is most striking upon first listen to "Sweet Memory" is that you swear you've heard this piece before. One is reminded of the Evans classic, "Waltz For Debby." Davidson's light fingering is filled with melodic joy and balance. Ratajczak's exquisite brushwork and Finck's rolling bass lines bring the piece to a most satisfying conclusion.
Finck's bowed bass welcomes the beautiful "Autumn Leaves." Davidson works with the melody in a smooth and trusting manner. His style is well suited to this timeless classic. With a fluid approach coupled with a sense of rhythmic counterpoint, Davidson is able to create a sound all his own. Finck takes a tasty solo never straying from the moment.
The lush sounding "Water Lillies" is another original from Davidson. Ratajczak maintains a steady rhythm utilizing brushes. Finck's subtle bass playing works well with Davidson's soft flowing keys.
Davidson not only plays the notes on "Ten to Twelve," he envelopes them. Timing is everything. Davidson moves the moment with grace and delicacy.
'Bernie's Tune" has long been a vehicle for improvisation by many jazz musicians over the years. Davidson has a chance to display his chops. Here is a man who can swing. It's a joy to hear someone who thoroughly enjoys what he is doing. A spirit of fun and camaraderie are evident.
This session recorded in 1991 is a revelation. To create a sense of balance and melodic form is to be applauded. Ten To Twelve showcases the fine talents of Roger Davidson. Tasty runs and velvet chords illustrate how someone of his caliber can feel at home in a trio setting filled with many uplifting moments.