Wild Bill Davis

The Everest Years

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Before Jimmy Smith became the dominant force of the jazz organ, Wild Bill Davis was a major influence. Davis emulated a swinging big band (specifically Count Basie's) in his playing, and his music was accessible, melodic, bluesy, and swinging. He recorded five albums for the Everest label during 1959-1961 and five selections apiece from each of the LPs are included on this single CD. Davis' organ-guitar-drums trio was augmented for these dates by a horn (either tenor saxophonist George Clark, trumpeter Charlie Shavers, or Maurice Simon on tenor) plus, on one set, bassist Milt Hinton. The horn players fare well but Wild Bill Davis is the dominant force throughout and is heard in prime form during the very likable performances, which serve as a strong introduction to his playing.

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