Dave Fleschner, resident keyboardist with the Curtis Salgado Band for the past three and a half years, has a sideman’s resume with a leader’s ambition. He plays music... live.
Fleschner has performed with B.B. King, The Pointer Sisters, Steve Miller, The Mel Brown B-3 group and The Portland Symphony Orchestra. What’s the common thread in Fleschner’s playing that gets him these diverse gigs?
That’s what this record is about. From the opening hits of the title cut, you’ll hear soul. There’s funk, and in the funk there is soul. There’s gospel, and in the gospel there is soul. There is jazz, and in the jazz there is soul.
This music was recorded live in the studio. There were no headphones. There were three musicians, and there was a list of tunes. All but two are Fleschner Originals, the covers being by Nat Adderly and Ornette Coleman.
The Current line-up with Dan Gildea on Guitar and Charlie Doggett on drums was codified at a year long Monday night engagement at O’Connor’s Vault in SW Portland, now moved to the Brasserie. Here they solidified their own version of conversational improvisation.
♦ Dave is . . killin’ it on there. The songs are great! Curtis Salgado
♦ Fleschner has a strong vision... and has more than demonstrated his abilities. Marty Hughley, The Oregonian
♦ Dave Fleschner... has his act wired tight, oozing soulful pulp all over the place. John Chandler, Portland Tribune
♦ Dave plays ... with a vengeance and fury. Bob Cooper, On-line Musicnet
♦ Dave has a unique musical voice. Mary Burlingame, KMHD Radio 89.1fm
♦ Very versatile! Touring with soul man Curtis Salgado shows, and the jazz swings in a 21st Century way! Tom D’Antoni, Editor – Oregon Music News