“An impressive voice...”
All About Jazz
Los Angeles-based saxophonist David Sills returns with his 3rd recording for Origin, a swinging sextet session featuring some of LA's finest including Gary Foster, Larry Koonse and Putter Smith. From cool, melodic originals like "Summer Cloud" and the title cut to interesting standards such as "Moon and Sand," and the classic "Prelude to a Kiss," Sills creates "...imaginative, engaging, timeless jazz at its finest." (Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times) A life-long surfer, Sills combines his love of Southern California's jazz and beach scenes with his dedication to environmental causes - a portion of proceeds from "Green" will go to the Sierra Club.
1 Melon Head 7:54
2 Fontok 6:57
3 Prelude To A Kiss 8:33
4 For Us 5:31
5 Moon And Sand 5:50
6 Salsipuedes 6:34
7 Summer Cloud 5:22
8 Green 5:45
9 Sills Sails 6:00
10 Flat Days 4:50
11 Survival 8:32
12 Desert Passes 6:37
DAVID SILLS - tenor saxophone/flute
GARY FOSTER - alto saxophone
LARRY KOONSE - guitar
MICHAEL KANAN - piano
PUTTER SMITH - bass
TIM PLEASANT - drums
recorded november 17/18, 2006 at
NO SOUND STUDIOS, pasadena, ca
engineered by NOLAN SHAHEED
mixed and mastered by ANDY WATERMAN
surf photography of DAVID SILLS by RANDY WRIGHT
couresy of HORIZONS WEST SURF SHOP
art direction & design by JOHN BISHOP
A Win-Win Proposition
Purchasing the new CD by tenor saxist, David Sills, is a winning proposition as it provides both classy jazz by a talented saxophonist with top level sidemen, and a portion of the profits go to the Sierra Club. Such a deal - good music benefiting a worthy cause!
I last reviewed Sills playing on trumpeter Liam Sille ...
All About Jazz.com
With tenor saxophonist David Sills, three big "s" words come to mind: Swinging, soulful, and...surfing?"
Check out the cover photo on his Green CD. You might think it a re-release of a forgotten Chantays—of "Pipeline" fame—album from 1963. The guy on the surfboard—David Sills himself—is cutting into a bottom turn on a clean, overhead steel blue ...
All Music Guide
For his third solo affair on Seattle's Origin Records, SoCal sax player David Sills produces a classic sort of sound in combination with the rest of his sextet, formed for this album. The saxes tend to run on parallel melodic lines, the guitar solos hark slightly to the days of Charlie Christian, and the rhythm section provides a casual, bouncing b ...
Cadence, Oct-Nov 2007
(Grego Applegate Edwards)
West Coast tenor David Sills presents an interesting mix of Hard Bop and Tristano-Konitz-Getz Cool on his latest CD. The presence of Alex Foster is most welcome—he brings his style remarkably in tune with Sills' vision and still sounds great in the process. In the arrangements the two saxes often play in tandem with the guitar on the head melodies, ...
By now there can be no doubt that David Sills has eased into the position of one of LA's top echelon tenor players. On his latest CD, he brings us a group of stellar Southland colleagues, including the presence of the brilliant Gary Foster on alto saxophone. Together these simpatico players work out on a menu of lyrical, well crafted originals and ...