GlobeTrotting features Steve Gorn, playing bansuri flutes, clarinet and soprano sax, John Davey, playing the double-bass, and Brian Melick playing percussion instruments from around the world. The trio recently released it’s first CD to favorable reviews. J Hunter, writing for www.albanyjazz.com, writes “GlobeTrotting has created a chemical reaction that is as beautiful as it is intense. A portal to places the listener may never have seen is opened, and Globetrotting is beckoning: “Step through. What have you got to lose?…Gorn’s bewitching reeds and flutes set each scene, frequently acting as primary narrator. There’s a lovely breathiness to Gorn’s woodwinds that gives his sound a feeling of the everyman…Globetrotting’s music is a fully-functional, visceral experience that will fill you with joy and wonder. It also reminds us that applying jazz’ improvisatory aesthetic to non-Western musical structures can create something unique and beautiful”. Glenn Astarita, writing for ejazznews.com, states “This is an absolute gem of a recording, where the group moniker provides credence to the ethnocentric fusion of jazz and world music via the trio’s worldly permutations…it’s an organic brew consisting of mystical jazz-world music intonations and phrasings, largely sprinkled with whimsical melodies…these rather spiritualized performances enable the mind’s eye to wander towards a state of solstice, regardless of the various metrics or pulses. Overall, this multifaceted and endearingly appealing effort warrants repeated spins.” World music recording artist Paul Winter, comments “GlobeTrotting is a unique and remarkable trio. Their new album, “You Are Here”, is an engaging adventure in organic interplay, dynamic grooves, and lyrical liquid melodic free’flights.”
Open Range is a new recording project of my most recent compositions, featuring the dynamic playing of master drummer Dean Sharp, and the exploratory guitar work of Ken McGloin. Both are from the creatively fertile Hudson Valley of NY State. The music ranges from pastoral Americana musings, to slamming funk, to wide open sounds beyond. Expect the unexpected! The recording is planned for release in early 2014.
Hosni & Mommar Go Fishing an unedited rehearsal of a tune from the new CD.
Diane Ducey Quartet
Diane Ducey’s take on the American Songbook, featuring pianist Rob Hunt, drummer Joe Tokarowski , and bassist John Davey. The Quartet recently released the CD “Just In Time”.
Diane Ducey & Measured Mile
Featuring the blues-drenched voice and songs of Diane Ducey, Measured Mile performs music that can best be described as blue-eyed soul – a melting pot where folk, jazz and blues come together for an intoxicating brew of new music. Measured Mile also features upright bassist John Davey, giving the music a solid, grooving bottom, and acoustic/electric guitarist James Ducey, providing a true roots vibe to the music. Check out our videos on YouTube.
The Jazz Composers & Improvisors Project
JC&IP is a special series of performances that John has been presenting for the past five years at SUNY Oneonta in upstate New York. The idea is to bring together a diverse group of jazz composer/performers for one night to present original compositions from each artist. Past performances have included pianists Mike Holober and Francesca Tanksley, saxophonists Brian Patneaude, Erica Lindsey and Jonathan Lorentz, guitarists Dan Muniz, Ken McGloin, and Bill Farrish, and drummers Jeff “Siege” Siegel , Sadiq Abdushahid, and Dean Sharp.
Disembodied Souls Brian Patneaude-Sax, Mike Holober-piano, Dan Muniz-guitar, Jeff Siegel-drums, John Davey-bass, composer
March 29th – First Encounter Ken McGloin & Bill Farrish-guitars, Dean Sharp-drums, John Davey-bass
Take a walk on the wild side with “Let Them Tell Us”, a collaboration between husband & wife team of Alison Black (spoken word/poetry) and John Davey (composer/bassist) known collectively as THEY SAY – intense poetry wedded to genre-defying compositions (pyschedelic/punk/jazz/doo-wop/folk/trance, raga). The performances are in part an homage to the Beats of the 50’s, and a modern updating of the early coffeehouse scene. “Post-Beat” maybe? Alison’s poetry ranges from the sounds of train whistles to peripheral visions, from autobiographical stories of grade school dance classes to talks with Mr. Death, from anger to hope. John’s music is a reaction to the spoken-word, performed on guitars, basses, keyboards, melodica, erhu, drum programming, not to mention the train whistle! Special guests Steve Gorn, playing bansuri (Northern Indian bamboo flute) and soprano sax, and Jonathan Lorentz, playing tenor sax, round out the constantly shifting sounds. This is music for those quiet, reflective times or for times you want to groove. So, put on your headphones and turn it up!
BassNoir is a project that I have been working on since this summer with eyes towards music licensing. I’ve become interested in ambient composing with a more cinematic approach. If anyone has any interest in filmmaking and videography, feel free to contact me about collaborating on your next project!