BEVELED is Chicago trumpeter/composer James Davis' latest project. Featuring a unique and beautifully lush instrumentation, this band's overall sound leans towards a gentle and dark side of jazz and improvised music. While challenging the traditional roles of the instruments involved, Beveled stays tethered to a sensibility of tuneful and rhythmic audacity. The musicians in Beveled are actively involved in many facets of the Chicago music scene, leading and performing in other creative music collaborations. Live concerts features music from the album recorded and mixed by Anthony Gravino in June 2014, newer works, and arrangements of early 20th century French piano music.

James has recently recorded with many of Chicago's new projects including Matt Ulery's "By a Little Light", Grazyna Auguscik, Julie Meckler, LORIS, Jason Steele Messenger Collective, Bryant Scott's Great Postmodern Nightmare Big Band, and the Ian Torres Big Band.

Members of the ensemble lead many of their own groups and play in some of Chicago’s foremost Jazz groups including: Juan Pastor’s Chinchano, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chad McCullough’s Spin Quartet, M13, Michael Salter's Freakjar, as well as other ears&eyes records groups such as the James Davis Quintet, Zing!, and Tomorrow Music Orchestra.

James Davis - flugelhorn (featured trk 2, 5, 8)
Chad McCullough - flugelhorn website (featured trk 3, 7)
Michael Salter - bass clarinet website (featured trk 2, 3, 8)
Anna Najoom - bass clarinet website
Daniel Thatcher - double bass website (featured trk 1, 5) 
Juan Pastor - drums website (featured trk 3)

Recorded by Anthony Gravino at Strobe Recording, Chicago, IL
Mixed by Anthony Gravino at The Drake, Chicago, IL
Mastered by Jonathan Pines and Gravino at Private Studios, Champaign, IL
Artwork by Ian Sienicki at ayeYouWe


Album released November 25th, 2014 on ears&eyes Records website

Beveled

James Davis' Beveled

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  1. 1 Inward Gaze - Part 1 05:14
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  2. 2 Inward Gaze - Part 2 07:38
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  3. 3 Flight Path 07:15
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  4. 4 Beveled 04:09
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  5. 5 Flou 07:18
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  6. 6 Chimes 03:01
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  7. 7 Impending Doom 06:58
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  8. 8 Lope 06:24
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  9. 9 Afterglow 11:10
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This project is partially supported by an Individual Artist Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

James' Gigs

Previous events

Date Event Location
Paul Bedal Quartet One Spirit Center, Rockford, IL One Spirit Center, Rockford, IL
Restroy Constellation, Chicago, IL Constellation, Chicago, IL
Alex Beltran and James Davis Faculty Recital Triton College, River Grove Triton College, River Grove
Moraine Valley Jazz Faculty Concert Moraine Valley Community College Moraine Valley Community College
Chris Shuttleworth's "Mortar" Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL Cafe Mustache, Chicago, IL
New Standard Jazz Orchestra Jazz Showcase Jazz Showcase
Chris Shuttleworth's Mortar Slate Slate
W/ Chris Dammann's Restroy Elastic Arts, Chicago, il Elastic Arts, Chicago, il
W/New Standard Jazz Orchestra Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Il Jazz Showcase, Chicago, Il
Logan Sq Arts Fest - James Davis Quintet Logan Square, Chicago, IL Logan Square, Chicago, IL
Official Disappearing Roads EP release date! Everywhere Everywhere
Dos Santos CD release Seeping Village, Chicago, IL Seeping Village, Chicago, IL
w/ Luke Malewicz Quintet Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL
w/ Luke Malewicz Quintet Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL Andy's Jazz Club, Chicago, IL
w/ Chris Dammann's Restroy Elastic, Chicago, IL Elastic, Chicago, IL
Waxahachie High School Jazz Cafe Waxahachie Civic Center, Waxahachie, TX Waxahachie Civic Center, Waxahachie, TX
w/ Patricia Barber Green Mill, Chicago, IL Green Mill, Chicago, IL
Greg Ward's Capturing Sunlight Constellation, Chicago, IL Constellation, Chicago, IL
Matt Ulery's Loom Large Constellation, Chicago, IL Constellation, Chicago, IL
w/ Matthew Golombisky Slate Arts Chicago, Chicago, IL Slate Arts Chicago, Chicago, IL