Bourne Davis Kane abhor complacency. Their desire to connect with an audience is palpable in everything they do. They demand not just attention but engagement too. These three like-minded musical partners commit themselves totally to the performance. Lost Something, Bourne’s second appearance on Edition Records, brings him together with Steven Davis on drums and bassist Dave Kane. Compositional duties fall to Davis and Kane on this set that mixes four originals with four pieces from other composers. Lost Something is most definitely a group record – one that explodes all notions of the Jazz trio as ‘a soloist plus rhythm’.
If anything, the four group originals are even better. Dave Kane’s Paul showcases his articulate and percussive playing, while its stuttering rhythms convey a sense of disorientation and panic. The bassist’s title track, however, is a stately and elegant walk across a cityscape. By contrast, drummer Steven Davis’s De Selby’s Earth – a reference to the character from Flann O’Brien’s novel The Third Policeman – is a driving, pulsating vamp and his lovely, limpid Melt is a delightful and quiescent ballad and the record’s finest moment. This is music made with both wit and intelligence and heart and soul. I suspect there is more than a little irony in the title. Lost Something – not a chance. Bourne Davis Kane have found it.
released March 30, 2009
MATTHEW BOURNE piano and sampler
STEVEN DAVIS drums / percussion
DAVE KANE bass