What Tim Davies does is morphing musical dreams into themes of Kenton ultra dynamics. As the first suggests, Counting To Infinity,"with a Didjeridu opening...Almost like a flailing guitar open, down, instinctual and nasty. That's what a didjeridu will do for you. Whoa, that's different! Throws you in a magical way, doesn't it?
"Hanging On A Thread" creates a more con temporary rapturous interlude, and the Davies holes it up with a classic ballad interpretation and a Aloe Blacc sync and rap on it. "Dialmentia" is the maximum eruptive title tune, with Davies offering up heavy percussion. Buddy Rich, pay attention. For we got a new one, same as the only one, happening... Tim Davies drives this band with a similar energy and enthusiasm.
In the midst of this, I have to say that Tim Davies needs this CD to tell a more complete story of performing, arranging and compositional skills. He wouldn't be here if it weren't a certainty. And we're only here for the aggrandizement The once in a lifetime message is, Tim Davies is on your computer/radio/CD situation for it's the talent that shines.
"Pythagatha," written by Jacques Voyemant is a future world, phantasmagoria. Voyemant plays a great trombone solo on this cut with an outward reach. Whenever you're ready. "Caravan(-dialized) is extraordinarily animal tradition. The memories Buddy Rich in the big band forties. Tim Davies provides that same sixty pound punch of dynamics.
"Gubernatorial Recall" starts as a"Cute," sort of Neal Hefti tenaciousness, then romps to simple straight Basie madness, as if truth will rock Bastille Day. (New artists, a whole new century.) And "Blacknail" nails it shut, slams the door, as such. If Kenton were here, he'd be cool with this. Tim Davies orchestrations are right, for what Kenton would be thinking about this time and space. The intensity and scope of this new CD is post modern originality by drummer Tim Davies.
Hollywood is watching this young talent for more new scores, especially his writing for brass and reeds. I envision resurrecting Mike Hammer with a retro file for the screen with Tim Davies writing the music. PS: The swinging version of "Elegy"by Gabriel Faure', one of France's great romantic composers, is spontaneous proof of Tim Davies ability to romanticize the noir of his music, and for Davies to bring out the best in Andrew Shulman, cello and Jennifer Hall, bass clarinet. What a great closing theme on the all night show!