A profusion of romantic soul and smooth jazz, singer/alto saxophonist David Caceres delivers a sensually textured palette on his new self-titled CD from Sunnyside Records. Tracks furnish an escape for audiences into a haven of aurally relaxing tunes that delve into the wounds of a love lost like the bluesy R&B grooves of “You Can Bring Me Flowers (When I’m Dead and Gone)” and the soul-themed lobes of “Symptom Unknown”.
Caceres’s vocals project a narrative tone in “The Way Young Lovers Do” as the arching twirls of his saxophone let loose in a freestyle swagger along the bridge supported by the lower register of Shedrick Mitchell’s organ. The grazing strokes of his vocals grooming “Giving Up” are dimly lit in the reclining creases of Gil Goldstein’s keyboards, the purring motor of Mitchell’s organ, and the massaging tempo of Bill Stewart’s drumming. The moonlight atmospherics of “‘Round Midnight” are propelled by the lounging beats of Stewart’s drums beaded in the cushiony toots of Caceres’s sax garnished in an assortment of horns.
The folksy acoustics of Larry Campbell’s guitar launch “You Make It Easy” and is quickly spruced up by an array of breathy horns tinseled in wisps of organ streaks. Parks’s piano sows a soft berth for Caceres’s vocals in “Sacred Path” while injecting moments of intense passion entwined in the subtle pulse of Larry Grenadier’s bass. The tranquil sonorous of “Tell Me A Bedtime Story” is laden in caressing wavelets of strings and horns moving in tandem with the gentle cadence of the bass and drums as the trickling dewdrops of the flute are fringed in slow burning horns.
The album switches gears to the stylish doodles of Parks’s piano driving “Seems So Long” as Caceres reflects, “Seems so long / Heard the sound / It’s been so long / Since I trusted someone else / Had to see it for myself.” Caceres finishes the album with the Latin-tinged pumps of “Bird of Beauty” accentuated by Margaret Grebowicz on vocal harmony and the candlelit ambience of “Gratitude” pillared by complementing drum rolls.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, David Caceres’s music shows influences of R&B/soul, blues, Latin-infused funk, and smooth jazz breeds. His musical experiences include being a member of the Paul English Quartet, the fusion group Stratus, and a 10-piece funk outfit called TKOh!, but perhaps Caceres has found his true calling on his self-titled solo release produced by Matt Pierson. It’s an escape into a world of sensual textures and soothing aesthetics tempered for audiences’ enjoyment.
David Caceres – vocals, alto saxophone, Gil Goldstein – Fender Rhodes, arranger, Aaron Parks – piano, Fender Rhodes, Shedrick Mitchell – organ, Larry Campbell – guitar, Larry Grenadier – bass, Bill Stewart – drums, Bashiri Johnson – percussion, Margaret Grebowicz – harmony vocals on “Bird of Beauty”, Lois Martin – viola, Dave Eggar – cello, Keith Underwood – flute, Kathleen Nestor – flute, Charles Pillow – bass clarinet, Roger Rosenberg – baritone saxophone, Tony Kadlek – trumpet, and Michael Davis – trombone
Symptom Unknown, You Can Bring Me Flowers, The Ay Young Lovers Do, Giving Up, ‘Round Midnight, You Make It Easy, Sacred Path, Tell Me A Bedtime Story, Seems So Long, Bird of Beauty, Gratitude