Nathan Davis with Georges Arfvanitas Trio Live in Paris: The ORTF Recordings 1966-67 Hand-Numbered Limited 180g 3LP
Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition - 1500 Copies!
180 Gram Vinyl Remastered From Original Master Tapes!
Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
In the tradition of labels wholly devoted to vinyl re-pressing, Sam Records puts
out a product of top-notch musical and visual quality.
A never-before released Nathan Davis 1966/67 live recordings. First official
release with the full permission and cooperation of the Nathan Davis Estate &
INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel).
Style is not a given. Not many musicians reach the level of artistic personality
where you can unmistakably recognize them. It takes character, roots, honesty,
soulfulness. Nathan Davis had style.
His tone on tenor was unique. So was his soprano sound and his distinctive
approach to flute. His musical world was equally original and knew no
This concert in Paris is audible proof that as a performer, his fluid phrasing,
distinct articulation, booming bottom register, growls and shrieks were fuelled
by tremendous drive and furious invention - the man was on fire!
These live sessions demonstrate the limitless invention of Nathan’s solos.
Holding no punches, weaving signature phrases, shouts and riffs into his solos,
he was a fierce and fervid performer. With a sort of hollow resonance at the
heart of his reedy and warm sound, Nathan Davis was a highly original artist,
from an era when having a distinct sound on your instrument was the grail of
jazz artistry. Harold Land, Jimmy Heath, John Gilmore, Paul Gonsalves, Charlie
Rouse, George Coleman, Booker Ervin, Clifford Jordan ... Jazz is made of such
giants and Nathan Davis was one of them.
"In 1961 (Davis) moved to Paris, where he remained until...1969. (He) only
put out five albums as a leader the whole time he lived in Europe. Which makes
Live In Paris: The ORTF Recordings 1966-67 all the sweeter. Consisting of
previously unreleased performances by Nathan Davis, the album gives us five more
sides of recordings with Davis as a leader during his European years... And
those tapes that went unheard for half a century ended up in the best of hands.
Originally the Paris-based Sam Records reissued LPs recorded and released in
France... More recently Sam Records has joined the ranks of musical
archeologists who put out previously unreleased recordings of historical
"Since its founding in 2011, Sam Records has always had extremely high
production standards, and Live In Paris is no exception. The album was
remastered from the original master tapes and pressed at Pallas. the gorgeous
triple gatefold album cover solely consists of black-and-white photographs by
Jean-Pierre Leloir - in other words, the cover contains no text whatsoever, as
the liner notes are printed on an insert and other information about the release
appear on an obi strip. The nostalgic black-and-white pictures do a superb job
of evoking the period and setting the mood for some bracing mid-century jazz.
"...If you're searching for impassioned, full-bodied tenor saxophone with
guts and soul, look no further.
"Jazz fans have all heard archival live recordings that suffer sonically. The
piano can sound faint, boxed-in, and murky; sometimes the bass drops out almost
completely; the drums, too, can sound recessed and the cymbals grainy. Happily,
those shortcomings do not describe Live In Paris. There's plenty of space
between the instruments, and the music is well-balanced. Far from boxed0-in, the
piano has room to breathe and retains its rightful place in the mix, and the
bass and drums come through clearly.
"...I doubt I'm the only jazz lover who, while listening to inspired live
recordings, imagines being in the venue on the night of the performance, and if
that happens to you too, well, Live in Paris can take you there." - Jeff
Wilson, The Absolute Sound, April 2019
• Hand-Numbered, Limited Edition - 1500 Copies!
• 180g Vinyl
• Re-Mastered from the original master tapes.
• Cut at SST Studio in Germany
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Notes inside
• Gatefold jacket
Nathan Davis, saxophone
Georges Arvanitas, piano, organ
Jacky Samson, bass
Charles Saudrais, drums
Side E track 2:
Jazz aux Champs-Elysées All-Stars :
Nathan Davis, saxophone
Jack Diéval, piano
Jacques Hess, bass
Franco Manzecchi, drums
1. The Hip Walk
2. Yesterdays (Flute Version)
2. Nathalie's Bounce
1. Love Ye The Neighbor
2. Mid Evil Dance
1. The Rules of Freedom
2. The Thing
1. Yesterdays (Sax Version)
2. Blues For Southeast Asia
Important: A slight distortion may appear on two tracks on the LP 2. This defect
is impossible to erase without distorting the entire recording.