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      February 1, 2018

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      510 Embarcadero West
      Oakland, California 94607

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      John Daversa


      Following last years Kaleidoscope Eyes album, trumpeter John Daversa, known for his big band workas 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. Daversas 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 Daversas 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 Edisons sly, mocking epigrams; Joe Baggs splashy organ underpins a Bitches Brew- type excursion. Daversa and Mintzer indulge in electronic instrumentsthe 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, its not always clear how the juiced-up models are appreciably different from the traditional models. Thats a small carp to an otherwise fine recording. Kirk Silsbee

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