"Winning sound of hard bop with a touch of cool"
A great new cd by Josephine Davies. Josephine studied at the Guildhall School of Music with Stan Sulzman, winning the Perrier Award Young Jazz Award whilst she was there with a quintet co-led with Tom Alan.
A strong voice on the jazz scene, she has attracted the attention of Guy Barker, Ronnie Scott's Vanguard Band (led by Gerard Presencer), Jamie Cullum, The Laurence Cottle Big Band, Sax Appeal, Will Young, The BBC Big Band, Matt Wates and Gareth Lockrane. Her playing demonstrates a great maturity and distintive sound.
This recording features Josephine Davies also as a composer. All the pieces are original compositions. Josephine cites Maria Schnieder, Kenny Wheeler, Walt Weiskopf and Chris Potter as influences. As with her playing her compositions demonstrate a rare flare and originality.
The band includes an equaly talented band with Robbie Bobson, a gifted trumpeter with a great sense of jazz time, Ross Stanley who has quickly established himseld as one of the scene's best pianists, Dave Whitford - one of the busiest bass players around, and Mancunian drummer Nick Smalley already busy attracting the attentions of the likes of Julian Joseph, Alan Barnes, Tina May and Guy Barker.
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