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Talking Bird

by Snake Davis

Phenomenally talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Snake Davis is instantly recognisable for his soulful and searing sound. A multi-faceted performer, he has worked with artists such as Paul Hardcastle and Acoustic Alchemy.
Genre: Jazz: Soul-Jazz
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1. Talking Bird
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2. Refuge
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3. Dragonfly
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4. Fuji-Sighting
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5. Harlem Stroll
4:22 $0.99
6. Dreaming On
5:43 $0.99
7. Day of the Snake
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8. Kikbak
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9. Shiro Sunset
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10. Cross the Line
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11. Naima
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Album Notes
The British Broadcasting Company(BBC)described Snake Davis on a recent programme:-

“Snake Davis is one of the most respected and prolific session players in the business today.”

“He is a master musician, primarily on saxes, flutes, whistles and the Shakuhachi. He currently plays with Heather Small and a Japanese Rock Star called Ekichi Yazawa but has played and recorded with a whole host of artists including Ray Charles, Eurythmics, Swing out Sister, M-People, Lisa Stansfield, Take That and many, many more”

“But it’s his stories of studio etiquette and Zen attitude to playing, which he demonstrates brilliantly that makes his show a must for anyone who plays or listens to music of any kind.”
His influences? Snake says, “Many and extremely varied, most heavily influenced by 60s soul, Irish folk, religious choral music and great singers. My favourite sax man is King Curtis from Austin Texas, a storming tenor sax player who was Aretha Franklin's Musical Director as well as playing and recording under his own name.”

Phenomenally talented saxophonist, flautist and composer, Snake Davis is instantly recognisable for his soulful and searing sound. A multi-faceted performer, he has worked with artists such as Ray Charles, James Brown and Amy Winehouse. His eighth album, ‘Talking Bird’, is an energetic synthesis of funk, pop, soul and world music, imprinted with his uplifting and raw-power style. With Snake Davis (saxes/flute/shakuhachi/whistle), Paul Birchall (keyboards), Neil Fairclough (bass) and Bryan Hargreaves (drums).

Smooth Jazz Vibes
Snake Davis - Talking Bird

Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Poole’s Secret Garden, the page that offers a British perspective on the very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul. Saxophonist Snake Davis has long been the UK’s leading exponent of contemporary jazz and pop tinged R & B. His recording credits are almost too numerous to mention but include sessions with M-People, Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, Tom Jones, Culture Club, Hamish Stuart, George Michael, Tina Turner, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Swing Out Sister, Dave Stewart, Paul Young, Pet-Shop Boys and Robert Palmer. Both with his own band and as a solo performer Davis makes hundreds of appearances every year and has also toured with soul legends Edwin Starr, Rose Royce, Sister Sledge, Tavares, Odyssey, The Three Degrees, Mary Wells, Ruby Turner, Martha Reeves and Eddie Holman. A perpetual ‘go to guy’ for recordings by both Acoustic Alchemy and Paul Hardcastle, Davis is now reigniting his own solo career with the brand new CD Talking Bird.

His 2001 debut Snakebites promised much and when Hysteria followed two years later it seemed only a matter of time before Davis would break through into the mainstream. Although five years have since elapsed, it is obvious from the very first notes of the album’s opening title cut that the wait has been worthwhile. This fulsome smooth jazz anthem flows like a river and in similar vein is the soulful, horn driven ‘Harlem Stroll’. Reminiscent of his playing on Acoustic Alchemy’s ‘The Detroit Shuffle’ it is a contender for the album’s best track yet in truth standouts abound. ‘KikBak’, with its funky edge and killer beat, is a wonderful example of sophisticated contemporary jazz while ‘Refuge’ features more of that big trademark Snake Davis sound. When he switches to flute for ‘Cross The Line’ the outcome is intense, complex but always interesting.

‘Day Of The Snake’ finds Davis showing off his jazzier side whereas in complete contrast is the outstanding beauty of the bluesy ‘Dreaming On’. This chilled out smoker includes excellent guitar from Mark Cresswell and when Davis blends a warm soulful groove with zesty world rhythms the result is the captivating ‘Dragonfly’.

The final touches to Talking Bird were applied in late 2007 as Davis toured Japan with Eikiche Yazawa. Consequently it’s no surprise that an oriental feel permeates much of the collection. The stunningly deconstructed ‘Naima’ is a case in point while even better is ‘Fuji-sighting’. This intoxicatingly mellow number is an absolute joy and another Secret Garden favorite is ‘Shiro Sunset’. Here the violins of Veronika Novotna create a melancholy vibe that Davis carries on with his sublimely tender playing.

Recorded during 2007 in Lancashire, Buckinghamshire and Tokyo Talking Bird was released in the UK on February 4, 2008. Complemented by excellent support from Paul Birchall on keys, Bryan Hargreaves on drums, Neil Fairclough on bass guitar and Dave Bowie with double bass, it is Snake’s best album to date and deserves to get him noticed.



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