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David Boykin Trio: Live at the Dorchester Projects - David Boykin –Vinyl and Digital Download- SHM008
Release Date Tuesday February 19, 2013
1. Walk, Turn, Bat, Shimmy 5:01 - 2. Blast Off!! For Love 2:35 - 3. Try Harder 7:15
4. Blue Lotus 6:10 - 5. Star Book 5:37 - 6. Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme 6:06
Personnel: David Boykin – saxophone, Alex Wing –bass, James Woodley – drums
Recorded April 22 and April 29, 2011by Charles Boykin. Mixed and mastered by Griffin Rodriguez.
Dorchester Projects is the home of Chicago potter, installation artist, urban planner, and renaissance man, Theaster Gates. He converted it into an arts incubator for artist of color on the south side of Chicago. David Boykin was one of many artists that were granted residencies to activate the space. The David Boykin Trio held open rehearsals once a week for eight weeks and recorded the final two evenings. This is a sampling of the music that they worked on.
The line up for this project is different than we’ve heard previously from Boykin. He works in a more intimate trio format of sax, bass, and drums, than his usual quintet that includes piano and flute. Alex Wing is heard here on electric bass giving the music a different sound than what we usually here from Boykin who’s always recorded before with acoustic bass. This change accompanied with the use of 17-year old drummer, James Woodley, makes for an interesting fresh sound. Woodley is a former student of Boykin’s from DuSable Leadership Academy where Boykin briefly taught music. Woodley’s ear is clearly tuned differently than most of the older traditional jazz drummers we’ve heard Boykin work with previously. This difference in sound of this combination is most obviously appreciated on some of the more funk-influenced pieces, but the treatment that this rhythm section gives to the ballads and freer pieces should be noted as well.
These are some very strong compositions with engaging melodies and structures that tell interesting stories. Boykin shows great range covering the gamut of styles compositionally and in his improvisations. The recording goes from the swinging bop influenced Walk, Turn, Bat, Shimmy, to the avant-garde Blast Off! For Love, to the new millennium ballads Blue Lotus and Star Book, to the funky Try Harder and Late Night With The David Boykin Trio Theme.
This record is a beautiful snap shot of one of Chicago’s most original, imaginative and innovative contemporary composers and saxophonists working in the jazz idiom. Never to be lost in the milieu of elder statesmen and young lions on the Chicago scene, David Boykin’s music stands alone outside of time.