Gary David's musical journey began at a very young age -- 2; he sang before he talked. In the 1960's he started his professional musical life in San Francisco's North Beach District where he led a trio: bass, drums/vibes and Gary on piano and voice. Five years later, he started a revolutionary vocal group called The Sound of Feeling and moved to Los Angeles where he's been ever since. It was there that David and his group were discovered by jazz critic Leonard Feather. The group's foundation was jazz, but embraced everything from world music, microtonal tunings, odd-metered time signatures, and free-improvisation to jazz standards. David wrote many of the compositions and all of the arrangements. Feather took them into the recording studio right away (1968) where they did their first album for Verve with Oliver Nelson as guest soprano sax soloist. Feather wrote of the group: "The Sound of Feeling is beyond category. It is not simply a jazz group, nor a rock group, nor any other self-limiting entity. The sources of its words and music span the centuries. Its concepts and interpretations are timeless and boundless. If its contribution can be summarized in a phrase, The Sound of Feeling is the sound of now, encompassing all the yesterdays and all the todays in the limitless cosmos of sound." Even recently, Mojo Magazine in the UK cited The Sound of Feeling and the high prices its now out-of-print albums are bringing. Hopefully, the albums will be reissued on CD.
After The Sound of Feeling recorded two albums, for Verve and for Mercury's Limelight label, they broke up and David went solo. Eventually, he retreated from the music business while still working and experimenting in his own studio as he got a PhD in epistemics: the science-art of innovating. He taught for a number of years, but still kept his interests in music alive by going deeper into the voice and its connections to the biology of human emotion.
His latest solo offering, his first in many years, is a tribute to the jazz years of Frankie Laine. When David was a teen trying to imitate the very popular star, Laine was very personally encouraging to him, and Gary never forgot the kindness. This is Frankie Laine's 90th year, and the new album titled, "Thanks For You" is a musical gift to celebrate the event, and to thank the man who has been so generous to so many musicians and singers over the years.