Archive for June 4th, 2020

Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis – Focus

Hailing from Waterbury, Connecticut GRAMMY nominated producer, writer and multi-instrumentalist Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis is one of the main producers of the smooth jazz area. He worked for Althea Rene (Flawsome), Nick Colionne (The Journey), Norman Brown (The Highest Act Of Love), Pieces Of A Dream (All In), Art Sherrod Jr. (Back 2 Business), Gerald Albright (30), Phil Perry (Breathless), Marion Meadows (Soul City), Najee (The Smooth Side Of Soul), Maysa (Blue Velvet Soul), Kim Waters, Rick Braun, Chanté Moore, Dave Koz, Will Downing and many more. He has significantly influenced the sound of smooth jazz.

However Focus (2020) is his first solo album in this genre. Consequently, some of his musician friends have contributed to his album debut. Among them are Gerald Albright (sax), Bluey (guitar, vocals), Maysa (vocals), Rick Braun (trumpet), Dave Koz (sax), Tony DePaolo (guitar), Nick Colionne (guitar), Kim Waters (sax). Furthermore Ace Livingston (bass), Patrick Williams (guitar), Marty Quadrato (sax), Dawn Tallman, and Timmy Maia (backgrounds).

The first track of the album is a cover of Chaka Khan terrific Gold awarded hit Whatcha Gonna Do For Me (1981). Chris counts Chaka to his predominant influences, so his choice is more than understandable. Chris takes the song as a starting point for his groovy arrangement, which comes to life through Gerald Albright’s outstanding sax improvisations.

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