Born: May 11, 1962
Jim Cavender spends a fair amount of time recording, whenever he has time off from gigs. In 2012, he produced The Crawling Chaos by Rolling Jazz Revue. He released three non-jazz singles by pleasPlease, Blues Schnitzel, a cover of James Brown's Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine) and a cover of Timothy written by Rupert Holmes in March of 2013.
In 2011, he finished one collaborative Americana CD, A Cellarfull Of Noise , with Skip Heller. He released a blues/r&b recording, The Snake Doctors (Deluxe Version), featuring the soulful singing and songwriting of Charlie Howell on 13 tracks originally released on CD in 1997, along with three, previously unreleased, live tracks recorded in 2008...
AwardsDownbeat Magazine Student Music Award (Best Blues-Pop-Rock Performance, College Division, for Ken Watters' Jungle), 1985
The Keith Taylor Trio’s O Christmas Tree-O (Startlingly Fresh Records) is a seasonal joy from start to finish: a delectable example of the sort of trio piano jazz I could listen to forever. Taylor is joined on piano by Jim Cavender (bass) and Tom Branch (drums), and tenor saxman Greg Chambers sits in for a few tracks.
“The lengthy tracks allow plenty of improv work.... Taylor demonstrates his inventive keyboard work with the album-opening ‘The Second First Noel,’ which also benefits from the first of Cavender’s many slick bass solos. Taylor and Cavender trade licks on several tracks; I’m particularly impressed by their work on the mid-tempo handling of ‘Once in Royal David’s City.’ ‘O Christmas Tree’ is an up-tempo finger-snapper, with a truly cookin’ bass solo from Cavender. An equally lively rendition of ‘We Three Kings’ proves that these heads of state really know how to groove on a track that boasts numerous tempo changes.
“But as much as I enjoy this trio’s faster selections, the slower pieces truly shine. ‘Silent Night’ and ‘I Wonder As I Wander’ are soft and mysterious: both lovely readings of these gentle carols. Chambers’ sax work highlights an unexpectedly slow and sentimental reading of ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ a song usually given a lively up-tempo reading that emerges here as a lament (Which I guess makes sense; Frosty did melt, after all!).
“The album closes with another quiet one: ‘Some Children See Him,’ introduced with Taylor’s gentle keyboard work, which guides this lovely standard — and the entire album — to a perfect conclusion. Great job, guys.
— The Davis Enterprise, December 10, 2009
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
* Part-time instructor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (private guitar and bass instruction, jazz combo director)
* Staff bass player at Berklee Summer Guitar Sessions 2009
* Guitar teacher at WC Handy Music Festival Band Camp 2010 and 2011