The Dave Young Quartet

Dave Young

Reviewed by Bill McDonald
Cashbox Canada Jazz Writer
11/09

With every concert and every recording, whether as a band leader or sideman, Dave Young reminds us why he is one of Canada’s premier bassists and jazz musicians. His latest CD, Mean What You Say, is no exception. Along with Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Robi Botos (piano), and Frank Botos (drums), he performs a variety of songs from well known jazz composers, as well as three of his own.

There are many soloing highlights from all of the performers. On ‘Will You Still Be Mine’, Young shows his mastery of the bow in his own solo. There is the uncommon trumpet and bass duet by Turcotte and Young on Celia. As usual, any solo Robbi Botos touches turns to gold, although his work on ‘Seven Minds’ is a personal favourite. Brother Frank Botos lays down driving rhythms throughout.

Canadian jazz is alive and well.

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