Dave Badie - The Court
Badie was born in New Orleans, the city of jazz. He has worked with
scores of musicians, including the likes of Rita Coolidge, Boz Scaggs,
and Aaron Neville. "The Court Jazzster" is Dave's debut
project. It has given him the opportunity
to work with some very talented musicians in
Dave comments his album: " My intention was to create a
contemporary record with live musicians in the studio, and to have
listeners identify with a smooth jazz groove, yet still feel
the underlying straight-ahead textures, particularly in"every
waking moment", and in some of the piano solos and chord
arrangements throughout the record. As a songwriter/producer, i've
often found it very challenging combining the two styles."
comments the CD as followed: "The debut
album, "The Court Jazzster" is a complex tapestry, tempered by
Badie’s personal experiences. Despite the smoothed-out R&B-influenced grooves, there
still exists an underlying texture that should remind the listener
Badie continues to pledge allegiance to Jazz in its purest form."
What do have Bob Mintzer, Ed Calle,
Bill Evans, Brandon Fields and Dave Badie in common? They all play
Selmer saxophones. Dave favorites are the Selmer alto and soprano
saxophones. This work is definetely an album with the sax as leading
instrument, there is no way around.
Admirer Clyde Jenkins develops a perfect drum-programmed groove
on which Dave Badie plays his improvisations on soprano sax. A tune as
a spring wind, warm and unobtrusive.
Stanley Perkins, is the man
responsible for bass, bass synth, keyboards, drum and keyboard
programming on Affinity. Dave's sax solo
is breaked by Stanley's bass and Matt Barone's electric piano
On When We
Say Goodbye Dave sax playing is more accentuated and captious.
The character of the tune is emphatically underlined by Keith
Clayton's vibraphone solo. Dave Badie had choosen the mono-color
violet for his album. His playing is elegant but somehow suppressed.
showcases anew Dave on soprano sax playing the lead theme. Keyboards,
guitar and percussion are only supporters for background layers and
is the next title and style. I like Stanley Perkins' double hit on
bass. Dave's play is smooth as silk. No edges perfectly mellow.
is no afterburner. On this midtempo piece Dave shows more intelligent
improvisations. Clyde Jenkins adds some keyboards chords and in the
middle of the tune his own thoughts. Anew the playing is damped. The
right music for a jazz café.
No changes on Every
Waking Moment. Dave lays down some chords on keyboards on which
The structure of Parables
is comparable to the other pieces. Preferably keyboards chords on those improvisations
Jazzster has energetic propulsing drum programmed rhythms on
which Dave plays smoothly along.
Dave Badie is without no doubt a
gifted and highly talented sax player. I like his improvisations but I
miss some hooking themes, which would make this album more memorable.