by Russell Trunk
|Title – BASSic Instinct
Artist – David Finck
For those unaware, a follow up to the 2019 Burton Avenue Music release, Bassically Jazz, acclaimed bassist, David Finck returns with an all-new collection of jazz tunes and original compositions titled, BASSic Instinct.Finck is joined by a bevy of talented collaborators including Andy Snitzer, Quinn Johnson, Bob Mann, Mike Davis, Meg Ruby and others. Vocal features include Melissa Errico, Kelly Mittleman, Téka Penteriche and Trist Curless.
A gifted New York-based bassist and bandleader, David Finck is known for his sophisticated, straight-ahead acoustic jazz albums. Initially emerging as a session and touring performer in the 1980s, Finck has worked with a bevy of Grammy-winning pop and jazz performers including Rod Stewart, Natalie Cole, André Previn, and Elton John, among others.
As a solo artist, he leads his own small groups and has garnered praise for albums like 2008’s Future Day, 2017’s Low Standards, and 2019’s Bassically Jazz.
1. Bassic Instinct
This multi-layered album that fairly trips the jazz light fandango opens on the free flowing majesty of the title track and then a delightful rendition of Irving Berlin’s The Best Thing For You (Would Be Me), and backs those up seamlessly with the euphoric Jerome Kern/Johnny Mercer number Dearly Beloved, the brilliant Lalo Schifrin TV score Theme From ’Mannix’, and then we get the simply magnificent Latin ambiance and hipsway of Bateu Levou / Who’s Wrong Or Right (sung by Teka Penteriche and Trist Curless) and the ornate beauty of John Mandel’s Seascape and the most joyous dancefloor swirl of Irving Caesar’s Tea For Two.
These are all then in turn followed by the Summer’s breeze of Gerry Niewood’s Joy, the svelte Terry Silverlight / Gene McDaniels track So What (featuring Kelly Mittleman on vocals) , the aching balladry of Soon It’s Gonna Rain (from the musical comedy The Fantasticks), a vibrantly delicate and wholly delightful rendition of Zequinha de Abreu’s 1917 track Tico-Tico no fubá, rounding out on the popular standard I’m Confessin’ (That I Love You), closing on the stirring piano ballad I Remember (with vocals from Melissa Errico).
As a leader, Finck made his debut in 2008 with the quartet album Future Day, featuring vibraphonist Joe Locke, pianist Tom Ranier, and drummer Joe La Barbera.
Three years later, he paired with pianist Roger Davidson for the tribute album Umbrellas & Sunshine: The Music of Michel Legrand. He then joined guitarist Tisziji Munoz for a series of recordings before returning in 2017 with two albums: Low Standards, featuring pianist Gary Versace and drummer Carl Allen, and The Deep, a duo effort with pianist Shelly Berg.
In 2019, Finck issued Bassically Jazz with Burton Avenue Music, which included guest spots from vocalists Linda Eder and Alexis Cole. Bassic Instinct is Finck’s latest offering on Burton Avenue.