While there are no liner notes to accompany pianist Jon Davis’ third date for the Posi-Tone imprint, there’s a quote inside the package, attributed to author Anne Rice, that gets to the heart of the matter: “None of us really changes over time. We only become more fully what we are.” So is personal evolution and growth an illusion? Is development a figment of the individual’s imagination? Yes and no would be the correct answer(s). It really just comes down to perspective. Plenty of people would say that deepening one’s very being is change. Others would argue that change and self-actualization are two very different things. This writer’s take? It’s a semantics-based argument that’s not worth having in this particular instance. Better to focus on the music than wax philosophical.
Changes Over Time is a piano trio date that splits focus almost evenly between familiar covers and originals. That’s not such a novel concept for Davis, given the fact that the same exact thing can be said for One Up Front (Posi-Tone, 2013) and Moving Right Along(Posi-Tone, 2015). But who gives a damn about novel concepts if the music sounds this good?! There’s a level of comfort and sophistication in these performances that eludes most trios, and Davis, who already had it all together when he started his trio run with Posi-Tone, seems to be getting better and better with each date.
Track Listing: Soul Eyes; Just For Fun; Las Olas; Changes Over Time; Yesterday; Klutz; Jazz Vampire; The Peacocks; It’s For Free; My Cherie Amour; Slowly But Surely; Waltz For U.