Steve Davis has been very busy since becoming a part of the Manhattan jazz scene. In addition to recording with Art Blakey, Jackie McLean, Chick Corea & Origin, and Slide Hampton, plus the Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band, Davis has been a part of the all-star cooperative group One for All and has taken part in a number of sessions led by the band's members, as well as recording prolifically as a leader. Images is a ten-part suite saluting the people and places of Hartford, CT, where Davis studied with McLean at the University of Hartford. "Twain's World" (saluting author Mark Twain, who lived there for a time) is a perky hard bop vehicle that might have fit in Art Blakey's repertoire. The jaunty bop tribute "J Mac's Way" honors McLean, showcasing solos by pianist David Bryant, alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo, and the leader. His lush ballad "Rose Garden" paints a picture even without a lyric, while the driving "Club 880" wraps the CD with a flourish. This is another excellent addition to Steve Davis' extensive discography.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden