Reviews that mention Lowell Davidson

March 13, 2014

Lowell Davidson/Richard Poole

Rediscovered Session of 1988
Music Artist Company No #

Booklet notes by Ken Waxman

A unique stylist whose single 1965 ESP-Disk portended new vistas for jazz piano, Lowell Davidson (1941-1990) has long been a music legend whose disc with drummer Milford Graves and bassist Gary Peacock was regarded as a brilliant one-off effort. Now, nearly a quarter century after his death, another example of his piano playing plus other musical talents is finally available. Its appearance is the culmination of a series of events which initially led vibraphonist/pianist/drummer Richard Poole, the session’s other featured performer, to record with Davidson in 1988. MORE

January 6, 2013

Joe Morris Quartet

Graffiti in Two Parts
Rogueart ROG-0039

By Ken Waxman

Paradoxically, the overriding fascination of this 1985 Cambridge, Mass. session is with its least-known player. Unlike Joe Morris, Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris and Malcolm Goldstein, who have well-charted careers in improvised music, this is only the second record featuring Lowell Davidson (1941-1990). More crucially, Davidson plays percussion and aluminum acoustic bass here, unlike his eponymous 1965 debut as a pianist on ESP-Disk with drummer Milford Graves and bassist Gary Peacock. MORE

November 19, 2008

Lowell Davidson

ESP-Disk ESP 1012

One of the most frustrating – and saddest – musical tales from the 1960s, a decade riff with sad and frustrated musical yarns, makes up the background of this exceptional reissued CD by pianist Lowell Davidson.

Recorded in 1965, with the trio filled out by master bassist Gary Peacock and legendary percussionist Milford Graves, this five-track session is the sum total of Davidson’s recorded work. Then doing graduate work in biochemistry at Harvard University, Davidson was recommended to ESP by Ornette Coleman himself. Unlike other shadowy figures on the label, such as Byron Allen, the pianist was never part of the New Thing scene in New York and returned to Boston after this disc was recorded. Gravely injured in a lab accident, Davidson died in 1990 at 49 and never recorded commercially again. Tapes of his playing piano and percussion (!) in Boston do exist, but have never been released. MORE