Roger Davidson: Fabiana




Roger Davidson (piano)


Bom Dia (Sound Brush SR 1013)

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Roger Davidson (piano),

David Finck (bass), Paulo Braga (drums), Marivaldo dos Santos (percussion)


Composed by Roger Davidson


Recorded: New York, 2005-2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Bom Dia, Portuguese for "good day," is aptly named. I can imagine getting a little breakfast together, taking out a good book and relaxing on my patio while the tunes from this very fine album fill the air. This music would cheer me up and get me ready to face another day of global warming, corporate greed, hypocrisy and Smooth Jazz. (Pardon me while I gag.)

Bom Dia is full of creative approaches to the various samba rhythms Davidson so likes. "Fabiana" is a perfect example. The liner notes say it sits somewhere between samba and bossa nova. I'll take the writer at his word because I can't tell where one ends and the other begins. What I can tell is that Davidson is one hell of a pianist who knows how to turn those keys over. Finck's bass playing is also quite impressive. In this type of music the percussion is really what controls the final quality. Braga and dos Santos are hooked-in. This a top-drawer performance recorded flawlessly. Maybe a few more joyful albums like this would be helpful in getting me through a whole day without cursing the world.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky


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