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The Thoth Project
The Thoth Project: Music for the soul
Johnny Steve | October 24, 2012
As one of the more original jazz trumpet voices on the UK jazz scene, it's more than a little frustrating that Kevin Davy's artistry has often flown below the radar of critical musical attention in Britain and further afield.
This should not be surprising, however, in a music industry and contemporary culture that often confuses form with substance; true talent is frequently ignored in favour of superficiality.
Thankfully, with recordings such as Davy's recently released The Thoth Project, discerning jazz cognoscenti are treated to a masterly collection of compositions, reflecting a broad harmonic and melodic palette.
The musicians on this 2000 recording are Kevin Davy (trumpet, flugelhorn, and pocket trumpet), Adrian Lawrence (drums), Dan Stewart (acoustic and electric bass) and Alex Douglas (piano and keyboards).
Tomas Dyani (percussion), Julie Dexter (vocals), Doudou Gouirand (alto saxophone), and Sugizo (electric guitar) guest on the CD.
Sass n Brass is full of swagger and kicks ass. Chock full, in fact, with a Freddie Hubbard sense of musical `attitude'. Kevin's full-bodied flugelhorn soloing is forceful without overpowering his supportive sidemen, notably Dan Stewart and Adrian Lawrence. Listeners to the recording will definitely recognise a shared musical kinship.
"The ensemble on The Thoth Project recording was formed out of friends, associates and musicians that I met on the London music scene and in France . Read more ›
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