David Finck: Black Eyes

This is veteran sideman David Finck's first project as leader. Over his career, he has played with many important musicians, including André Previn, Dizzy Gillespie and Herbie Hancock. The rest of the band is quite accomplished at the jazz thing as well. Finck wanted to honor some of his influences over the years, so the band tackles both its own compositions and those that they consider of standard quality.

Ranier opens the Wayne Shorter tune "Black Eyes" with some minor block chords. Locke's vibes establish the melody and the fact he will be the dominant voice on the piece. He has the touch and the timing down. His runs are full of invention. Ranier is also a fine player as shown during his enjoyable interlude. La Barbera, an old pro who was in Bill Evans's last trio, plays just past subtle. Finck takes no solo turn but is well heard. This is pleasing, straight-ahead jazz, and Finck's arrangement is outstanding.

The album as a whole is an impressive leader debut for David Finck. I must also compliment recording engineer Darwin Best and master engineer Leon Zarvos. This is one of the better sounding recordings I have heard in quite some time.

April 13, 2008 · 0 comments


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