Michael Doherty’s Music Log
by Michael Doherty
David Larsen: “G2 And You” – The new album from saxophonist and composer David Larsen is actually two EPs collected on a single disc. The title of the first EP is also the title of this album, G2 And You, and it contains four tracks – two original compositions and two covers. It opens with a seriously cool rendition of “Angel Eyes,” a standard written by Matt Dennis. David Larsen’s saxophone seems to strut confidently through the evening atmosphere, and at times turns more joyful. His saxophone really drives this track, and isn’t until approximately four minutes into it that Danny McCollim takes a turn at lead. The band on this release, by the way, is Danny McCollim on keyboards, Josh Skinner on bass and Brendan McMurphy on drums. That’s followed by an original tune, “Another Porter Please.” I assume he is referring to the drink, and this music is certainly making me crave a good ale, but perhaps he’s not. Perhaps the guy at the hotel dropped all his luggage, and he’s asking politely for a different porter. The track has kind of an easygoing, smooth vibe, and I dig Josh Skinner’s bass line. There is also a delightful lead on keys in the second half. Yes, I want to be at a pub, among good folks, ordering another ale. The first EP also includes a good version of Dave Brubeck’s “In Your Own Sweet Way,” featuring some wonderful and warm work on saxophone. The other original composition is “Latin Silver,” which has a somewhat relaxed and inviting feel. The second EP, Bright Days, likewise contains two covers and two original pieces. It begins with Joseph Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves,” which features a great rhythm, some pretty work on keyboard and a strong lead on saxophone. Things then get lively with “Bright Days,” that EP’s title track, an original composition, which features some great stuff on drums, and is one of my personal favorites. The other standard on this EP is “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” which has a bright, cheerful vibe. The disc concludes with an original composition titled “Through And Through,” featuring a beautiful lead on keys and some moving work on sax.