Xavier Davis

Primary Instrument: Piano

Xavier Davis

Xavier Davis is an accomplished pianist, composer and arranger. His debut recording “Dance of Life” was released on Metropolitan Records in 1999. The CD features the talents of Don Braden, Dwayne Burno and Carl Allen. Xavier's compositions, “Dance of Life” and “The Plan Unknown,” appear on the CD along with his arrangements of some classic standards. “The pianist [Xavier Davis] simply knows how to make every note on his instrument sing, and he invariably finds the richest area of the keyboard for voicing his chords.” said writer Bob Blumenthal. Jazz Times reviewer John Murph reviewed the CD in the January/February 2000 issue of the magazine and said “...the music exudes a mature, nonchalant ease and cozy empathy that make this...a rewarding listen.” Down Beat gave the CD, “Dance of Life,” four stars in its January 2000 issue and said, “Davis steps out with an accomplished debut.” Xavier's second recording as a leader, “Innocence of Youth,” was released in April of 2002 by Fresh Sounds New Talent. It has also received excellent reviews. This CD features EJ Strickland on drums and Brandon Owens on bass as well as a number of Xavier's original compositions....
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Year Artist/Group Album Title Label
2009 Jimmy Greene Mission Statement RazDaz Recordz
2009 Anne Drummond TBA TBA
2008 Jazz Tribe (Feat. Bobby Watson & Ray Mantilla) TBA Red Records
2008 Jimmy Greene The Overcomer Suite NuJazz
2008 Freddie Hubbard & The New Jazz Composer's Octet On The Real Side Hip Bop
2008 Greg Tardy He Knows My Name Steeplechase
2008 Dave Stryker Stryke Up The Band Steeplechase
2008 The New Jazz Composer's Octet The Turning Gate Motema Music
2006 Steve Turre Keep Searchin' HighNote
2006 Jimmy Greene True Life Stories Criss Cross
2006 Stefon Harris African Tarantella Blue Note
2006 Regina Carter Sentimental Journey Verve
2006 New Jazz Composer's Octet The Turning Gate TBA
2006 Mimi Fox Perpetually Hip Favored Nations
2005 Randy Johnston Is It You? High Note
2004 David Weiss The Mirror Fresh Sounds New Talent
2004 Stefon Harris Evolution Blue Note
2004 Jimmy Greene Forever Criss Cross
2004 Steve Davis Meant To Be Criss Cross
2003 George Rowe Think About That Rocketown
2003 Tom Harrell Wise Children RCA Bluebird
2003 Stefon Harris The Grand Unification Theory Blue Note
2003 New Jazz Composer's Octet Walkin' the Line Fresh Sounds New Talent
2002 Tom Harrell Quintet Live at the Village Vanguard RCA - Bluebird
2002 The Xavier Davis Trio Innocence of Youth Fresh Sounds New Talent
2002 Lisa Kirchner When Lights Are Low Albany Records
2001 Freddie Hubbard New Colors Hip Bop
2001 Tom Harrell Paradise RCA Victor
2001 David Weiss Breathing Room Fresh Sounds New Talent
2001 Don Braden Brighter Days Highnote
2001 Leon Parker The Simple Life Label M
2000 Craig Handy Flow Sirocco Jazz
2000 Randy Johnston Homage JCurve
1999 Xavier Davis Dance of Life Metropolitan Records
1999 New Jazz Composer's Octet First Steps Into Reality Fresh Sounds New Talent
1999 Tom Harrell Times Mirror RCA Victor
1999 Songs Of Rahsaan Roland Kirk Haunted Melodies Metropolitan Records
1999 Greg Tardy The Hidden Light JCurve
1998 Wessell Anderson Live at the Village Vanguard Leaning House
1998 Anna-Lisa Kirby Shades of Blue NJR
1997 The Groov'tet Groov'tet GT
1996 Betty Carter I'm Yours, You're Mine Verve
1995 Manhattan Projects We Remember Cannonball Alfa
1995 Manhattan Projects Tribute to Lee Morgan Alfa
1993 Gold Company Lovelight Western Michigan University
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