john daversa: artful joy
On the heels of 2011’s high-energy, take-no-prisoners, boundary-stretching Junk Wagon: The Big Band Album, acclaimed L.A.-based trumpeter-composer-arranger John Daversa scales things back for his upbeat follow up, Artful Joy. “It was difficult trying to find the right album name for this one,” says Daversa, who has been leading a big band and small group concurrently for the past six years. “I didn’t realize how much in the spirit of deep happiness and joy that it was until it was done. It’s been a very fertile, wonderful year and I think this album is a reflection of that.”
Special guests Bob Mintzer and Gretchen Parlato appear on two tracks alongside Daversa’s working group of tenor saxophonist Robby Marshall, keyboardists Tommy King and Brandon Coleman, guitarist Zane Carney, bassist Jerry Watts and drummer Gene Coye.