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Have You Seen This Band?

by Van Davis

'Instrumental music with a lot to say' as performed by a high-energy trio from NYC. A rock-funk-jazz hybrid that combines infectious melodies, deep grooves, adventurous improvisation, and a sense of humor.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Funkin' Bumpkin
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2. One Question At A Time
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3. Monster Patrol
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4. mini appleless jam
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5. Deek
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6. Monkey Chips
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7. beautiful dream
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8. Crunchy Funk
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9. the walls are melting
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10. We're All Human Or Whatever
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11. the walls are melting again
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12. Augusta's Ankle (live)
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13. the walls are melting (slight return)
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14. Chorale (live)
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15. Cuckoo's Nest
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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VAN DAVIS is a high-energy trio from New York City with a sound that straddles the worlds of rock, funk, and jazz. Their infectious melodies and deep, distinctive grooves give a nod to progressive rock, jazz fusion, metal, classical, and bluegrass, producing a hybrid that is both complex and fun. The band is known for their adventurous improvisation within intricate, well-composed songs. Guitarist Jake Ezra explains, "We're always throwing curve balls at each other and having musical dialogues. I never view our songs as totally finished. I always encourage the band to take chances and try something new."

The story of Van Davis began in 2002 with Jake Ezra's desire to start an innovative instrumental band with the rock bravado of Van Halen and the free musical experimentation of Miles Davis (hence the moniker Van Davis). Immediately onboard was drummer Patrick Carmichael, who wowed Jake with his relaxed precision and funky, fun compositions. Bassist Jon Price rounded out the trio, bringing his in-depth understanding of groove and improvisation to the project. The band's 2003 self-titled debut CD was hailed as "a funky, very live-feeling CD that runs the gamut of whatever the guitar can do" (Mike Brady, proGGnosis).

Van Davis' passionate following has packed renowned NYC venues including the Knitting Factory, 55 Bar, Arlene’s Grocery, and CBGB. While onstage, the band members share their humor and spontaneity as well as the technical proficiency their fans have come to expect: "Ezra's collection of pedals and effects is used to add stunning color to the music, and his manipulation of the wah pedal is perfect. The rhythm section moves from jazz to blues grooves effortlessly, and touches on a harder rock vibe without missing a beat… " (Matt Mrowicki, Chorus and Verse).

The band's latest release Have You Seen This Band? captures the evolution of Van Davis' sound. The cover art portrays the faces of Jake, Jon, and Patrick on a milk carton as if they were "missing." In truth, the band is now finding what they’ve been looking for: a way to make "instrumental music with a lot to say" accessible to a global audience. With a steady stream of new fans falling in love with the band’s sound, Van Davis is poised to become a permanent fixture in the instrumental groove-rock scene.
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CD credits:
Jake Ezra Schwartz - guitar
Jon Price - bass
Patrick Carmichael - drums

Special guests:
Ted Baker - Rhodes (Tracks 12 & 15)
Alex Lacamoire - keyboards (Track 14)

All tracks recorded by Rave Tesar except Tracks 10 & 15 by Bennett Paster and 12 & 14 by Rob Filmore

All tracks produced, mixed, and mastered by Rave Tesar

Guitars and amplifiers by Sommatone

Graphic art and design by Zack Korn

Photography by Wendy Williamson

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Lyz Crane

This trio is absolutely unbeatable!
With the second release of Van Davis comes a new era in what has already been a phenomenally tight and exciting band. This new CD is the closest anyone can come to the rock&funk that you can feel all the way through your body to your dancing feet at their live shows. With Jake's wild solos and fast fingers, Jon's grooving bass that keeps you moving, and Patrick's anticipation and precision, this CD takes you for an exciting ride. The best part of all is the feeling you get that you are joining in the fun that you can tell these three musicians are always having while they play.
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Peter Quinones, The Bohemian Aesthetic

Nobody else out there is doing this!
No one else on the contemporary scene is putting out quite this brew of rock, funk, and jazz. The interplay between Jake and Jon is incredible, and Patrick is a monster on the drums! Total cutting edge!
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Sean McDaniel

Great Album! Interesting grooves and fun music. Amazing guitar playing!
This is a great record. The grooves are varied and interesting, and the songs are fun to listen to. The guitar playing is amazing, and the solos are so exciting. This band plays really well together!
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Girl Margaret


VD just gets better and better with each gig and new cd. The boys take the vibe of their live performances and translate it to a disc we can all enjoy at anytime. It's the perfect blend of the rock/jazz/funk artists that inspire them to perform and me to love them. I can't get enough!
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Ben Cohn

Totally original sound and exciting music
The quality of each of these songs is amazing. Each player is extremely proficient on his instrument and they play together really well. There is a great variety of melodic, rhythmic and soulful style on this album - a must-have for your ipod!
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