His thoughtful improvisations catch the ear with unexpected phrasing that swings comfortably along.
Los Angeles-based saxophonist David Sills returns with a swinging sextet session featuring some of LA's finest including Gary Foster, Alan Broadbent, Larry Koonse and Putter Smith. Combining interesting standards such as "If You Never Come To Me," "Beatrice," and "Bag's Groove," with his melodic originals, Sills creates "...imaginative, engaging, timeless jazz at its finest." Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times.
1. Cuttin' Back 4:46
2. Down The Line 5:17
3. Never Let Me Go 7:17
4. Eastern View 6:17
5. Bag's Groove 6:34
6. It's All You 4:58
7. Slow Joe 6:48
8. Beatrice 6:35
9. Harlequin 5:41
10. Time Line 4:46
11. If You Never Come To Me 5:24
Recorded at No Sound Studios in Pasadena, CA
September 17-18, 2005 by Nolan Shaheed
Mixed at Entourage Studios in North Hollywood
November 1, 2005 by Andy Waterman
Mastered by Stacy Carson at Entourage Studios
Photography by Koke Saldemirdag
Design & layout by John Bishop
ArtsJournal: Rifftides (Doug Ramsey)
For ten years or so, David Sills has been emerging as a tenor saxophonist with a knack for fashioning calm, cool improvised lines laced with melodic and harmonic interest. His tonal quality leads reviewers to make comparisons with Stan Getz and Lester Young. Based on his harmonic resourcefulness, unruffled execution and slightly dry sound, it would ...
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
One of the great things about jazz is that there's always room for persuasive new voices, especially those who've mastered the vocabulary and know how to swing. Saxophonist David Sills, now in his mid-thirties, qualifies easily on both counts, as he shows consistently on Down the Line, evidently his second album as a leader of his own group, althou ...
Jazz Scene (George Fendel)
Hooray for David Sills for a few reasons. He opts for a tenor sound which is rich and righteous AND on this recording, he includes two of the world's greatest players in Alan Broadbent, piano and Gary Foster, alto sax. If you haven't heard them, pick up this CD. I promise you'll be mesmerized. To the rhythm section, add Larry Koonse, guitar; Pu ...
Jazz Review (Bill Falconer)
Every Now And Then I Happen Upon A CD By A Player With A Strong Local Reputation, Who Deserves To Be Heard More, And Heard Of More, In The Rest Of The World. This Is One Of Those Times. The Musician Is David Sills Who Couples A Getz-like Tenor Sound With A Knack For Writing Engaging Melodies. Down The Line Is His Second Release As A Leader And For ...
JazzTimes, September 2006 (Brian Soergel)
Tenorist David Sills, despite being in his mid-30's, could pass for a Lester Young disciple of the late 1940s or 1950s. Not that he sounds like any one Young follower in particular, as he possesses a personal tone and constructs his solos in a distinctive manner. His thoughtful improvisations catch the ear with unexpected phrasing that swings comfo ...