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Dave Duplissey - Wine and Roses

~ CD Review ~

Nov 14, 2013
Kimmy Sophia Brown

Dave Duplissey has created a tour de force Smooth Jazz album, with the release of Wine and Roses. The ten instrumental compositions, mostly co-written with Larry Turner, constitute a smoky, calming, and gorgeous listen for fans of this genre.

Dave is superlative on the saxophone, coaxing all kinds of moods and tones from it. Accompanying Dave is Larry Turner on keyboards and key bass, Bobby Henderson on guitar, and Bryan Brignac on drums and percussion. The musicians play off each other with skill and intuition, and they succeed in creating a relaxing and fluid atmosphere. This kind of jazz is very mellow, no shrieking atonal frenzies, no discordancy.

On the song, “La Rochelle”, I was reminded of the rhythms and chords similar to the style used by Steely Dan, and some of the Doobie Brothers/Michael McDonald compositions.

“The Rooster” aptly conveys the attitude of a cocky bird with humor and bounce.

“In the Groove” struts along with the R&B feel of a James Brown tune.

“Twelve O Eight am” plays as if Johnny Mathis was a saxophone.

They do a particularly pretty cover of the Jordy Turner and Turiva Henderson tune, “I Cry Out.”

Smooth Jazz enthusiasts and fans of artists such as Brian Bolen and Kenny G. will want to add Dave and his band to their collection.

You can buy Wine and Roses on CD Baby,,  or find out more on Dave’s FaceBook page, or as a last resort, search for him with your Google browser.

Press Photo courtesy of Dave Duplissey.

Kimmy Sophia Brown has loved humor and music and freedom for as long as she can remember.She is especially passionate about the environment and caring for animals.

She writes the column "From the Back Porch" as well as reviews of music in her column "MusicViews". Her goal in her music reviews is to introduce music she loves to people who may not have heard that particular artist or CD. For information about how to submit a CD for review, click here.

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