Featuring a unique and beautifully lush instrumentation, BEVELED'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


James Davis' Beveled

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    Flou 7:18
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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.

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