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Steve Davis — “Correlations” (Smoke Sessions Records, 2019)

Abstract:

Embarking on the creation of my latest album, “Correlations,” in collaboration with Smoke Sessions Records in 2019, has been a profound and invigorating journey. The Correlations band, a sextet of accomplished musicians, has played a pivotal role in realizing our collective artistic vision, leading to the album’s critical success, reaching number two on the Jazz Week charts for the entirety of 2019.

The foundation of the Correlations band lies in our commitment to a repertoire primarily comprised of my original compositions, creating a platform for artistic expression that is both challenging and exhilarating. As we navigate the intricate landscapes of jazz, the album emerges as a testament to our dedication to tradition while fearlessly pushing the boundaries of musical exploration. The synergy among the ensemble members, each contributing a unique perspective, serves as a driving force propelling us forward while honoring the rich legacy of jazz.

“Correlations” manifests as a profound connection among the six members of the Correlations band, symbolizing the dynamic interplay between tradition and innovation within the realm of jazz. The album introduces a diverse repertoire, seamlessly navigating between original compositions and classic pieces, paying homage to jazz luminaries such as Horace Silver and Thad Jones. The collaborative effort, including percussionist Cyro Baptista on “Batista’s Revenge,” enriches the sonic palette, creating a dynamic and cohesive musical unit that transcends conventional jazz boundaries.

In conclusion, “Correlations” stands as a testament to the enduring vitality of jazz, celebrating tradition, innovation, and the collaborative spirit that defines the genre. The album’s success on the Jazz Week charts for 2019 validates that our artistic endeavors resonate with a discerning audience. As we look forward, the Correlations band remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of creativity while honoring the rich legacy of jazz, anticipating future endeavors that will captivate audiences and contribute to the ever-evolving narrative of this timeless art form.

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I find great pleasure in sharing insights into the creative process behind my latest album, “Correlations,” produced in collaboration with Smoke Sessions Records in 2019. This venture has been a remarkable journey, marked by the exploration of original compositions and the reinterpretation of jazz classics. The Correlations band, a sextet comprising accomplished musicians, has served as a conduit for our collective artistic vision, contributing to the album’s critical success and reaching number two on the Jazz Week charts for the entire year of 2019.

The foundation of the Correlations band lies in our commitment to showcasing a repertoire primarily comprised of my original compositions, although not exclusively so. This venture has been nothing short of fantastic, providing an avenue for artistic expression that is both invigorating and challenging. As we navigate the intricate landscapes of jazz, the album “Correlations” emerges as a testament to our dedication to tradition while fearlessly pushing the boundaries of musical exploration.

The album is a manifestation of the profound connections that bind the six members of the Correlations band, each artist contributing a unique perspective that weaves into the collective tapestry of our musical identity. Our shared commitment to adventurousness is one such connection, a driving force that propels us forward while honoring the rich legacy of jazz. This spirit of exploration is encapsulated in the very title of the album, symbolizing the myriad correlations that exist within the realms of jazz and the dynamic interplay between tradition and innovation.

“Correlations” introduces a diverse repertoire, featuring both inspired new compositions and classic pieces from jazz luminaries who have profoundly influenced my musical journey. The album navigates seamlessly between original tunes such as “Embarcadero,” “Subtlety,” and “Batista’s Revenge,” and iconic compositions like Horace Silver’s “Peace” and Thad Jones’s “A Child Is Born.” This juxtaposition of the contemporary and the classic serves as a homage to the jazz masters who have paved the way for our artistic endeavors.

In the realm of artistic collaboration, the significance of the Correlations band cannot be overstated. The synergy among the ensemble members, featuring Joshua Bruneau on trumpet, Wayne Escoffery on tenor saxophone, Xavier Davis on piano, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Jonathan Barber on drums, creates a dynamic and cohesive musical unit. The addition of percussionist Cyro Baptista on “Batista’s Revenge” further enriches the sonic palette, adding layers of texture to the overall listening experience.

The production of “Correlations” was a collaborative effort with Paul Stache and Damon Smith at the helm. Their expertise and dedication played a pivotal role in capturing the essence of our musical exploration, ensuring that each note resonates with clarity and purpose. The album stands as a testament to the meticulous craftsmanship and artistic vision that went into its creation, resulting in a body of work that transcends the boundaries of conventional jazz.

As I reflect on the success of “Correlations” and the musical journey it represents, I am profoundly grateful for the reception it has garnered. The album’s recognition, reaching number two on the Jazz Week charts for the entirety of 2019, serves as validation that our artistic endeavors resonate with a discerning audience. It is heartening to know that people are listening, embracing the nuances of our musical expression, and finding meaning in the correlations we seek to convey.

Conclusion

In conclusion, “Correlations” stands as a testament to the enduring vitality of jazz as an art form. It is a celebration of tradition, innovation, and the collaborative spirit that defines the genre. As we navigate the intricate pathways of musical expression, the Correlations band remains dedicated to pushing the boundaries of creativity while honoring the rich legacy of jazz. I eagerly anticipate future endeavors with this exceptional ensemble, hopeful that our collective musical journey will continue to captivate audiences and contribute to the ever-evolving narrative of jazz.

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