In terms of Canadian jazz I have come to respect the stable of artists and catalogue of material from Cellar Live.
Baile Bonita does nothing to change that view.
Trumpet player Chris Davis does a fine job on Baile Bonita, his second recording with the B.C.-based label. His first effort for Cellar Live; A Night Remembered, garnered a 7.5 here when reviewed in April last year.
This follow-up effort is just a bit crisper in my mind, thanks to cuts such as West 42nd Street.
All That Glitters is a piece in a somewhat traditional vein that is just as fine as they come.
Davis, originally from Jacksonville, moved to Vancouver five years ago, and is carving out a name for himself, and his trumpet, with the two fine Cellar Live albums helping that reputation grow.
Davis is joined on the new disk by Ian Hendrickson-Smith on alto sax, Adam Thomas on bass, and Jesse Cahill on drums. Each adds a layer of intricacy to the music, while generally allowing Davis to be the featured performer.
If you enjoy trumpet-inspired jazz, played by one of the emerging stars of the Canadian West Coast, then Baile Bonita is a disk you do need to check out.
Check it out via www.cellarlive.com
— CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper April 7, 2010 - Yorkton, SK. Canada