David Dyson: Lovely One
David Dyson (electric bass; drum, keyboard and voice programming)
Unleashed (Lohandfunk 003)
David Dyson (electric bass; drum, keyboard and voice programming),
Marshall Keys (soprano sax).
Composed by David Dyson.
Recorded: unknown location; released November 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
"Lovely One" is arguably the prime track to hear on David Dyson's third self-produced CD for his Lohandfunk label. Fans of John Klemmer and Grover Washington, Jr., will especially enjoy "Lovely One." The melody and harmonies at times evoke Klemmer's "Free Fall Lover," while the sheen and fluidity of Keys's soprano sax are suggestive of Washington, Jr. Dyson's bass work and programmed drum, keyboard, and voice tracks make it all come together, and the selection holds up well on repeat listens.
Keys, the veteran Washington, D.C.-based saxophonist, initially plays the lilting theme before Dyson takes over while Keys supplies captivating obbligatos. Keys's expressive solo work is in turn supported by a Dyson bass vamp in harmony with an ethereal wordless voice track. Dyson's melodic solo is highlighted by his richly inviting tone and nimbly cohesive phrasing. Keys's second seductive improv, enhanced by Dyson's lively percussive backdrop, carries the piece to a gentle fadeout ending.
Dyson has performed with such artists as Tim Hagans, Bob Belden, Me'Shell N'degeocello, and Jonathan Butler. When not gigging with his own group in the D.C. area, he also juggles continuing commitments to Marcus Johnson, Lalah Hathaway, and Pieces of a Dream.
Reviewer: Scott Albin