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Future Day by David Finck

The first track, "I Know," hooks the listener immediately as the bass and drums begin, locked in a groove. They are quickly joined by the pianist and bassist, who state the melody. I really enjoy this composition, written by the pianist on this session, Tom Rainer. Vibist Joe Locke displays great phrasing during his brief solo, as does Mr. Rainer. "New Valley," written by the bandleader, has a bright and optimistic to feel to it. "Nature Boy" features David doing some cool solo work, and includes a few hammer-ons. Joe Locke responds to these funky riffs on his vibes. Bob Sheppard and Jeremy Pelt join the band, on tenor saxophone and trumpet, respectively, for the next track, "Four Flags." They both share strong, but brief solos. Tom does some wonderful things on Roger Davidson’s "Ballad For a Future Day." I also like David’s work with the bow in this track. Wayne Shorter is a great composer and this band pulls off a nice version of "Black Eyes."

I love the next composition, perhaps more than any other on the CD. Written by David, and featuring the horn section, "Look At You" has one of those fun-loving melodies that puts me in a good mood the minute I hear it. Jeremy breaks out the mute to add an interesting twist to the character of the track. Both he and Bob have some wonderful moments on this one. The classic ballad, "For All We Know," features enjoyable solos from Joe (vibes) and Tom (piano). Based on Gershwin’s "But Not for Me," drummer Joe La Barbera contributes "If Not For You," another upbeat, swinging composition. This has a great melody and the bandleader does some nice bass playing on it. Joe Locke’s "Appointment In Orvieto" has a rapid-fire tempo and Tom’s piano flies through the changes. This session is rounded out by Tom Rainer’s "Transparency" and "Firm Roots," a selection penned by Cedar Walton.

Overall, this is a robust collection of straight ahead music. With a solid sense of swing, the musicians carry the torch for those who love their jazz in the pocket. Although only one tune exceeds six minutes, musicians have ample opportunity to show us their chops. Joe La Barbera solos only once on the final track, but makes his presence felt throughout the session. Some fans may wish that these quality musicians stretched out a little bit more, but they won’t be disappointed with the improvisation that they do throw down.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: David Finck
  • CD Title: Future Day
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2007
  • Record Label: Sound Brush Records
  • Tracks: I Know, New Valley, Nature Boy, Four Flags, Ballad For A Future Day, Black Eyes, Look At You, For All We Know, If Not For You, Appointment In Orvieto, Transparency and Firm Roots
  • Musicians: David Finck (bass), Joe Locke (vibes), Tom Ranier (piano), Joe La Barbera (drums), Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Bob Sheppard (tenor sax)
  • Rating: Three Stars
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