I don’t use those words lightly. If you’ve never heard Chris play, go immediately to the clip below:
Think of delicacy and intensity in every phrase, his sound, his touch, his chord voicings — the subtlety of a great jazz musician who knows how to get inside Arthur Schwartz’s beautiful melodies while keeping a strong pulse going.
I first heard Chris on a CD some years back with Hal Smith’s Rhythmakers — and then on a Marty Grosz session. And I said aloud, “Who the hell is that?!” in the fashion of someone making an astonishing, delightful discovery. “That boy plays fine piano!” is what I imagine Thomas Waller saying. Or Jimmy Rowles. Or Barry Harris.
And here’s more — one of my favorite bouncing Twenties love songs — played by a phenomenal small band. How about Dan Barrett and Hal Smith rocking with Chris? And two players who are new to me — Denny Hardwick (guitar), and Christoph Luty (bass). Hilarious and perfectly apt quotations by Dan, and a beat that no one could stop from Hal, Denny, and Christoph.
And the best news is that this is part of a new CD to be released by Chris Dawson.
Is it too unsubtle to write in italics — “I want this CD now. Not later, but now”?
Watch this space: I hope to have more news of Chris Dawson and his good works. He’s GOT it, as you can hear.