October 12, 2006


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Jazz men
Duo has regular gig, new CD
By Erica Febre efebre@hippopress.com

Jazz duo Don Davis and Joe Deleault played all over southern New Hampshire throughout the summer.

Some of their favorite jazz standards and their original creations are now part of an album scheduled for release this fall.

“The temperature has cooled off since [InTown Manchester series] Buskers, but our musical pursuit has just gotten hotter. It’s not a mainstream jazz album. We don’t have the traditional lineup and also the nature of the music crosses over into other areas. We do some standard jazz tunes and then some new age, smooth jazz stuff. It’s a very mellow record,” said sax man Davis.

By mid November, Davis and Deleault will present their debut duo album, Having Said That. Produced by Jim Roach, a music executive the duo has worked with previously, the album also features a few guest instrumentalists including Glen Velez on percussions and Eugene Friesen on cello.

“Our project has always been based on improvising. It’s been somewhat easy for us to do it, with just two people, but think of adding two other guys to that mix, as opposed to the traditional jazz setting with a bass and a drummer. The album really gets back to an all-acoustic setting, giving a fuller sound. We have some tunes that are just piano, sax and percussion. Then others where it’s just piano, sax and cello,” said Deleault, also a piano instructor.

It’s based on the pure chemistry of the music, according to Davis, who claims that it all just comes naturally. It’s not about impressing other jazz musicians but about letting the natural sound of the instruments stand out.

Deleault and Davis, while remaining loyal to their piano and saxophone duet, are both intent on expanding their musical dynamics, seeking to work with more musicians adding more instrumental elements.

“[With jazz music] there will always be that element of improvisation, spontaneity and being in the moment. It’s hard to just put it into a jazz category ’cause it kind of crosses over. There’s some on-the-moment improvisational things that we came up with that worked out pretty nicely that weren’t preplanned tunes,” Davis said.

Davis & Deleault
Davis and Deleault are both instructors at the Manchester Community Music School. They play at Pasquale’s Ristorante, 145 Raymond Road, Candia, on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information on Davis go myspace.com/donaldod, on Deleault go to joedeleault.com.

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Tristan Park
See Tristan Park perform live at their farewell show with two performances at the Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Rd in Londonderry. The first show is Saturday, Oct. 14, and will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by another at 9 p.m. To order tickets, call 437-5100 or go online to tupelohall.com. For more information on Tristan Park, visit the Web site at tristanpark.com.