Label: Challenge Records
Catalog number: CR 73359
In addition to his Progressive Big Band, Daversa leads the John Daversa Small Band. This powerhouse ensemble sounds huge. The hallmark of great musicians: they keep getting better!
- Trumpeter John Daversa is a versatile and respected performer, composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, and educator
- Daversa is not only a divers and versatile instrumentalist, he is also a virtuoso who can play solo's beautifully
- Artful Joy is as well very artful,in being an album with truly original music, and it is very joyous indeed!
It takes a rare talent to be able to make a large band sound small in terms of agility as well as in the transparency and lightness of orchestration, and vice-versa some measure of genius to make a small band seem big. This band sounds huge. And let's not forget, modern. New is in a rare supply these days, but you found yourself some new right here. Track by track and blow by blow descriptions leave one breathless. This powerhouse ensemble transitions with ease from sections of incredible sensitivity to vignettes of intensity rivaling that of his own Big Band. The Small Group latest album "Artful Joy" features Bob Mintzer and Gretchen Parlato.