The John Davison Trio is a british trio with an interesting format. This trio is a sax, guitar, bass trio in the gypsy jazz style. And strangely enough, it's led by the saxophonist, and not the guitarist. In most cases, gypsy jazz groups are led by the guitarist. Not only is this particular trio led by the saxophonist, John Davison is the composer of all the tracks. This trio encapsulates a great deal of musicianship.
For those listeners wondering just what a trio of this nature and style would sound like, think of Houston Person's ballad style mixed in with Django Reinhardt. The results are very intriguing to say the least. Andy Brodie lays down a hot groove with his rhythmic guitar work as John Davison incites the incantation-like melodies from his compositional mind over the foundation that Marcus Penrose gives with his double bass. Outstanding tracks in this style are "Digression," "Ghost Looking," "First Flight," and "Gypsy Clown." Despite the overwhelming tracks of gypsy jazz, there are a few choice ballads on the album as well. On tracks like "For Jenna," and "At Second Glance," Davison lets the listener swim in the thick, cushion-like fog that emits from the bell of his saxophone.
This album is for those who ultimately dig gypsy jazz, and mellow, smoky, sultry tenor saxophone sounds. Keep an eye and an ear open for the John Davison Trio in the future, because with the wealth of potential they already possess, the future looks most bright and promising for them.