JOHN DAVERSA SMALL BAND – Tickets – Yoshi’s Oakland – Oakland, CA – February 1st, 2018

JOHN DAVERSA SMALL BAND

Featuring Bob Mintzer

JOHN DAVERSA SMALL BAND

Thu 2.1

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Yoshi's Oakland

Oakland, CA

$24.00 - $56.00

John Daversa
John Daversa
“Following last year’s Kaleidoscope Eyes album, trumpeter John Daversa, known for his big band work—as leader, writer and featured soloist— throws a change-up. Wobbly Dance Flower is a small-band outing where he shares the front line with saxophonist Bob Mintzer. Add a ready-for-anything rhythm section headed by keyboardist Joe Bagg and this group has “festival attraction” written all over it. This outfit emphatically leaves the listener wanting more. Daversa’s open horn on the bright “You Got A Puppy?!” is a model of articulation and control. Mintzer is a righteous partner, blowing febrile tenor on the flag-wavers and adding color and solo tang with the bass clarinet. The title track is a joyous island romp that can stand next to “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins, while Miles Davis’ venerable bebop proving ground, “Donna Lee,” is full of surprises. The stylistic range of Daversa’s originals is impressive. “Ms. Turkey” burns like a Blue Note bopper. The bluesy “Brooklyn Still” shows two soulful soloists: the muted trumpet of “Jazz Heads” recalls Harry “Sweets” Edison’s sly, mocking epigrams; Joe Bagg’s splashy organ underpins a “Bitches Brew”- type excursion. Daversa and Mintzer indulge in electronic instruments—the EVI and EWI, respectively— as does bassist Jerry Watts Jr. Presumably the intermittent nimble filigree under the ensemble is the U-bass. But except for the brief “Extra Credit” coda, it’s not always clear how the juiced-up models are appreciably different from the traditional models. That’s a small carp to an otherwise fine recording.” —Kirk Silsbee
Venue Information:
Yoshi's Oakland
510 Embarcadero West
Oakland, CA, 94607
http://www.yoshis.com/