You are here:Home>CD Reviews>Straight-Ahead - CD Reviews>Priority by Orbert Davis

Priority by Orbert Davis

Chicago-based trumpeter Orbert Davis gets a bunch of his friends together to jam and they do in his latest release Priority. His friends are some of the best jazz performers in Chicago and everybody gets a chance to show off what they have. Davis has been asked to perform with these fine people in their projects, now they help Davis make a CD that sizzles. There is so much variety in Priority that it is hard to know where to start.

Most of the numbers were written by Davis, but two tracks are well worth mentioning. One is Davis' take on Miles Davis' Miles Ahead and the other is the Bill Withers' classic Ain't No Sunshine. Miles Ahead is done in a very straightforward way that gives a nice tribute to Miles Davis. Ain't No Sunshine is done in a more moderate tempo that has a different feeling than Withers, but presents the same story in an unusual way, like it happened in New Orleans.

As for Davis' originals on Priority, I like the way they are presented on the CD. All of them hit the mark and then some. Each original tries to present all of the performers doing their thing and doing it well. The main crew features Ari Brown on tenor sax, Ryan Cohan on piano, James Commack on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, Tracy Kirk on trombone and Zachary Brock on violin for one track. Kirk Elling makes a guest appearance on The Double Blues and Midnight in Bahia and he fits into both tracks quite well.

Priority is one of the better straight ahead jazz releases of 2002. Orbert Davis has a bright future and it is your priority to pick up Priority and give it your highest priority to listen to it.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Orbert Davis
  • CD Title: Priority
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: 3Sixteen Records
  • Musicians: Orbert Davis (trumpet), Ari Brown (sax), Ryan Cohan (piano), James Commack (bass), Ernie Adams (drums), Tracy Kirk (trombone), Kirk Elling (vocals), Zachary Brock (violin)
  • Rating: Four Stars
Login to post comments