Reviews

“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….Melick works primarily in the background, and what he does is quite magical, as he embellishes each musical environment until the image is complete…Davey alternates between solo and foundation, and handles both with equal dexterity. His in-the-clear bowing on “Disembodied Souls” literally saws through everything, including pretension; conversely, he can grab your attention with a single, sonorous note,…One thing we learn from You Are Here is that 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. After all, that’s what happened Here.”
- J Hunter, www.albanyjazz.com

“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.  Here, world music denizen Steve Gorn uses bansuri flutes and saxes to conjure up notions of exotic environs and the unearthing of hidden treasures.  In addition, percussionist Brian Melick provides the often-supple rhythmic element amid bassist John Davey’s fluent lines.  But 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.”
– Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com

“Globetrotting’s You Are Here documents a meeting by design…reed player Steve Gorn, percussionist Brian Melick, and bassist John Davey, whose artistic inclinations have led them to perform, compose, and teach the elements of Western and non-Western music and have matched their talents with musicians like banjoist Bela Fleck, jazz pianist Mike Holober and singer-songwriter Paul Simon, have transduced elastic energy to notes and tones on their first release as a trio…The weight behind the 11 compositions of You Are Here is no weight at all. Gorn, Melick, and Davey provide space and quiet when needed but instinctively allow a measured amount of depth.”
- Cheryl K. Symister-Masterson, Chronogram Magazine

“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.”
-Paul Winter, Recording Artist

About “9 views” – “John Davey is a melodic bassist as well as a fine composer…The musical content has a a lot of value.. The ambiance is friendly and intimate with very listenable results.”
- Malcolm Creese, Double-Bassist Magazine, UK

“John Davey has a special way with the upright bass. Anybody listening to him could tell that he’s got the right touch…original and compelling music, reminding us what a wide open world jazz really is… successfully spanning many islands of jazz”
- Mark Bialczak, Syracuse Post-Standard

“Very cool and soothing, This is a record (9 views from the bridge) that will take you away…one of the best I’ve ever heard.”  – Derek Sivers, President, cdbaby.com

“Varied sounds and rhythms, creative musicians, intriguing compositions… “Sound Bites” is a special record”
- David Friesen, jazz bassist/composer, Portland, Oregon

“ For “Sound Bites”, Davey enlists area colleagues including guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, pianist Jeremy Wall (one of the founding members of Spyro Gyra), and percussionist Brian Melick… the program presents a variety of approaches due to Davey’s compositional aims. Davey comes across as a confident player, often preferring to make his mark as the foundation. He does step out of his support role on several pieces, including the solo piece, “Sound Bites II” and perhaps one of the disc’s most interesting moments, “Udubop,” a spunky duet between Davey and Melick. Davey also takes a brief solo stint on the unexpected and winning encounter with vocalist Lorena Guillén, the haunting “Cenote Dreams.”….Melick’s percussion exploits might be considered the most lasting moments of the disc, particularly on the Latin blowout “Samba D’” and the ECMish “A Peacock’s Tale,” with his udu adding a unique sound to the performance.”
- Jay Collins, Cadence Magazine, July 2006

“Upstate New York area bassist/educator John Davey radiantly conveys his rock solid composing skills via these impacting and quite tuneful jazz pieces. With electric guitarist Chuck D’ Aloia providing a bit of crunch, the quartet merely touches upon the jazz-fusion element here. Davey’s booming bass lines and organic tone provides the fluid bottom along with drummer Brian Melick. Highlights abound in various fashions, whereas Davey often harmonizes with pianist Jeremy Wall to complement the soloists’ largely, memorable two-way unison choruses…Vocalist Lorena Guillen sings on one track (“Cenote Dreams”) as matters become dreamlike and softly-hued. But the group revs up the momentum with the following walking-jazz/blues number titled “Tongue ‘n’ Groove,” featuring D’Aloia’s ringing licks, spiced up with a melodic edge. In other areas, the band morphs Latin rhythms into mainstream jazz vamps while other pieces are constructed upon capacious interplay and hard-hitting choruses. However, what sets this recording apart from many others of this ilk pertains to motifs that impart a sustainable impression. Therefore, the best of both worlds attain a happy medium, as the artists’ enviable chops and improvisational skills accentuate Davey’s high-caliber compositions. It’s a musical scenario that should appeal to a wide-ranging audience. (Recommended…)”       – Glenn Astarita, ejazznews.com, July 2006

“Just about everywhere you look in upstate New York, you’ll find great musicians in unexpected places. In addition to Oneonta being the home of the great saxophonist/clarnetist Al Gallodoro, it is also homebase for the masterful double bassist, John Davey, who teaches jazz at both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College. Davey is a breath of fresh air to those music lovers who yearn for something other than high volume and a multitude of notes.  His latest CD, “Soundbites”, (Lil’ Pumpkin Records) merges a traditional jazz quartet, double bass, piano, percussion and guitar, with the sensibilities of a chamber jazz group. There is no question who is the leader on this beautiful CD.  Davey’s mature, ethereal sound permeates all the music here.  He strains for nothing.  He lets the music — all of which he composed – speak for itself. While the title “Soundbites” may give the initial impression that this is a hodgepodge of music, all the songs here are of a single piece. It’s peaceful and reflective, giving the listener something to sink into slowly, softly.  Not an awkward or misplaced note to be heard. His band is made of excellent musicians Jeremy Wall on Piano, Brian Melick on percussion, drums and udu and the fabulous Chuck D’Aloia on guitar. Adding even more texture to the music is the lush voice of the Argentina native Lorena Guillen on one cut. For those whose taste runs more toward the classical in the jazz-classical continuum, Davey’s earlier CD, “From The Bridge”, (Lil Pumpkin) with a trio made up of Davey on bass, Dennis Turechek on classical guitar and Amy Merrill on viola is another worthy effort from this upstate jazz treasure.”
- Jeff Waggoner, www.albanyjazz.com

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