The Bassist - Homage to Diversity

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1 Come Sunday/Warm Valley 5:18 $1.49 Buy
2 Simone 8:05 44.1/16 Album only
3 Estate (Summer) 7:50 44.1/16 Album only
4 A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing 4:41 $1.49 Buy
5 Eccles Sonata 4:37 $1.49 Buy
6 Lift Every Voice and Sing 3:36 $1.49 Buy
7 Go Down Moses 2:38 $1.49 Buy
8 Little Benny 5:23 $1.49 Buy
9 Skylark 4:31 $1.49 Buy
10 C.C. Rider 5:09 $1.49 Buy

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Bassist Richard Davis celebrates Diversity on his recording, The Bassist – Homage to Diversity. The recording features John Hicks on piano and highlights a variety of musical styles.

"The music for the CD was chosen to exemplify diversified attitudes in music," says Davis of his collection. "I chose a little of this, a little of that, all within the realms of the music I like to play."

The CD begins with a Duke Ellington duo "Come Sunday/Warm Valley." "I am reminded of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson’s recording of ‘Come Sunday’ with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in the mid-fifties," says Davis. "This was a momentous diversity occasion of a religious and jazz performance. Basically one and the same."

The Bassist includes a classical piece, "Eccles Sonata;" traditional gospel tunes, "Lift Every Voice and Sing" and "Go Down Moses;" and a traditional blues piece, "C.C. Rider." Davis also chose to include the Charlie Parker composition "Little Benny."

"Charlie Parker maximized diversity during the great music revolutionary 1940’s period of jazz," says Davis. "Jazz is not a sub-standard music. He raised the self-esteem of all black people who heard him. He and many other famous black musicians proved that we had our own Bachs, Haydns and Mozarts."