It’s pretty hard to describe how good this gig was. When they walked on stage, Chris described what we were about to see and hear as a “mix tape”, a journey through an eclectic range of styles and moods. He wasn’t wrong.
I’ve heard one person describe Chris Dave’s approach to drums as “playing a parallel narrative”. This is spot on. Just when he’s made you believe that he has forgotten about the other musicians around him, he crashes back in with unbelievable precision, locking into another incredible groove leaving you scratching your head as to how he can so seamlessly switch between one feel to the next, and operate in two or more different spheres at the same time.
I walked out of there a different person to when I walked in.
Very excited about seeing Chris Dave play at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival in May/June. Check out this medley of hip hop grooves starting with “Find A Way” by Tribe Called Quest. Such a deep pocket. This guy has changed the way I hear and feel “groove”. For anyone interested – check out his work on the Robert Glasper Experiment’s debut album “Black Radio”. Very much looking forward to seeing this guy up close at Bennett’s Lane.