About the tunes:
Roswell's Rude is a loving, if tongue in cheek, tribute to Herbie Nichols and Roswell Rudd. Roswell was kind enough to share copies of some of Herbie's leadsheets written in Herbie's own hand.
Not Is is in changing meters, with a solo vamp in seven (mostly).
Waltz for Don is for the great Canadian bassist/pianist Don Thompson, with whom I had the good fortune to study at the Banff Jazz Workshop in 1985.
Go is a free improvisation.
Raja Numia was also included on my trio CD, Still. A mystery.
Holy Moses is for Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, musician, visionary, friend and Master of the Drum-niverse!
Holly is my friend and counselor.
Sammy's Rhumba is for my second amazing son, Sammy.
Diffraction is a science experiment, percolating in the back of the fridge for quite a while.
Be-Bob is a bebop tune, for my good friends Bob, Bob, and Bob, and for all Bobs everywhere!
Dark Light, cuz love can be both, or neither.
Funded in part by a grant from the Metropolitan Arts Council, which receives funding from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company LLC, Michelin North America, Inc., SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.
Thanks Alan Ethridge, and especially Kim Sholly, of MAC, who led me by the hand through the grant process.
I would like to thank Terry Norris of T.L. Norris Gallery, Beth Lee, Bernie Ellis, and Tom and Debra Strange for their contributions to my fundraising effort, and for their friendship and support.
Cameron Fitzpatrick is an awesome engineer and a good friend.
Scott Wynne is in charge of the Robert F. Gilley Studio at Appalachian State University.
My Taiji brother Bob Schlagal and his lovely wife Kathy let me stay with them during the project, and were the first listeners to the studio mix.
Tim Winecoff, Taiji brother and friend, helped me me wind-down with some great practice after two intense days in the studio.
My long time friend and teacher, Matt Kabat, has offered support and vision all along the way, along with Heather, who did a great job designing the graphics for this project.
Dr. Yang Yang, is a continuing source of direction and inspiration.
Judy Hanson, Taiji sister extraordinaire, has been here all along the way.
Holly Kraus, my friend and counselor, has helped me keep on the not quite direct path, but something resembling a path nevertheless.
Ron Brendle and Justin Watt, my trio mates. What a blast every time we make music together. It's alive!
Mark Stallings, mastering master and new friend.
Akos Major, wonderful photographer, and Taiji brother-from-another-mother.
Frank Zipperer, thanks for the wonderful "live action" photo, and your ever-Presence for Jazz.
Paul and Michelle Westlake, Mason Thomas, Tom Bresnick, what can I say, Bob?
Billy Degnats, my big brother, and Suzanne, who keeps my accounts, both physical and metaquizzical. Love and gratitude.
Art Beam....Vertex T....Hilton Belvedere....Uplet master and expounder on all things cosmic and terrestrial.
Kari Gaffney, my wonderful publicist.
Ra-Kalam Bob Moses.
Frank Kimbrough, the great pianist, offered the best advice ever for surviving in the recording studio, "Stay away from the coffee machine!"
Art Lande, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Tardy, thanks for listening.
Thanks to all my relatives who have offered their love and support, especially Terry and Mary Lynn Hunt, Teresa Davis, Todd Oliver, and Kimble Oliver.
To my brother Alan and sister Traci, my Love and gratitude.
Thanks to my friends and colleagues at Furman, especially David Gross, for helping me learn how to play the piano, and Michael Vick for the support and technical assistance.
All the other friends who have provided support and inspiration, thank you!
My awesome kids, Tadji and Sam. Love always.
And, finally, "Sailor" Bob Adamson, for his Presence...
released May 20, 2014
Keith Davis - Piano
All composed by Keith Davis
(ChiWiz Music; SESAC)
Tracked and Mixed by Cameron Fitzpatrick
Mastered by Mark Stallings
Produced by Keith Davis
Cover Photo: Akos Major
Inside Photo: Frank Zipperer
Graphic Design: Heather Kabat
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