Dave Fox


In his career, the inventive keyboardist-composer Dave Fox has created a distinctive and appealing musical personality along with more than his share of memorable music. He is easily recognizable whether playing modern mainstream jazz, avant-garde explorations, rock or original classical pieces.

Dave first became interested in becoming a jazz musician when he heard Chick Corea on one of the early Return To Forever albums. He earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in classical music, developing his jazz chops on his own. Since 1996 he has taught at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina. One of Dave's recordings as a jazz musician is as a sideman on The Greg Hyslop Trio, a set from 2000 that mostly consists of inventive versions of standards.

Around that time, Dave became very interested in the concept of free improvisation. “I realized that improvisation is more than just learning licks, scales and chords. It is a mindset, a musical philosophy. I began to make up music on the spot and looked for other musicians who were into that concept.” Forming a quartet, Dave recorded Gatewalk, a powerful set of avant-garde jazz. Playing electric keyboards, Dave Fox led his group through a dozen free improvisations that utilized sparse and minimalistic melodies. His next recording was the solo keyboard album Dedication Suite which found Dave utilizing some stronger melodies, even while taking startling and improvisations worthy of Cecil Taylor.

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Label: Konnex

Web: http://www.konnex-records.de/

Personnel: Dave Fox, keyboard; Bruce Eisenbeil, guitar; Pat Lawrence, bass; Jon Marc Ryan Dale, percussion.

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Dave Fox teaches piano courses at Greensboro College in North Carolina, but the stuff he's puttin' down with his combo The Dave Fox Group couldn't be any more opposite of what you'd find in a classroom setting. It simply has too much panache for formal academic study.

The DFG, consisting of Fox on various keyboards, Jon Marc Ryan Dale on drums and Pat Lawrence on bass, make music that doesn't bend for convention

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