David Finck: Ballad for a Future Day

David Finck has been plying his trade as a sought-after bassist for quite some time. His associations with the likes of André Previn, Steve Kuhn and vocalists running the gamut from Mark Murphy to Aretha Franklin speak volumes of how other musicians view his work. On his latest album, Future Day, Finck's choice of music and arrangements makes for an enjoyably worthy albeit mellow offering.

Finck has gathered together the musical talents of Joe Locke on vibes, pianist Tom Ranier and Bill Evans-alumnus Joe La Barbera on drums. On the album's most upbeat cut, the swinging "Four Flags," trumpet sensation Jeremy Pelt and journeyman saxophonist Bob Shepard are added as special guests, to great effect. The haunting Roger Davidson tune "Ballad for a Future Day," though, is the highlight of this endeavor. Finck lets the poignant melody speak for itself with a minimum of improvisation as each musician in turn interprets this moodily touching song. Locke's hollow, pit-of-your-gut sound is especially effective on this cut. Ranier's keyboard work is tasteful, as is La Barbera's subtle brush and cymbal work. Yet David Finck's almost mournfully bowed bass most pointedly defines the essence of this unheralded song. His playing is reminiscent of the venerable Richard Davis on his wonderful Philosophy of the Bass album. A solid performance by all.

February 01, 2008 · 0 comments


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