Dave Young Trio – Tale of the Fingers

Tale of the Fingers
Dave Young Trio
(Blue Note – 2000)
by Sidney Bechet-Mandela

In the 90’s, this fine Canadian bassist put out an incredible series of duet albums titled “Two By Two,” that featured him with a prestigious number of pianists including, among others, Oscar Peterson, Tommy Flanagan, Barry Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Ellis Marsalis, Renee Rosnes and the player on this ten song set, Cedar Walton. “Tales of the Fingers,” is not nearly as entertaining as those three thematic albums, but it is just as satisfying.

Impeccably recorded in Toronto, Walton, Young and drummer Barry Elmes, swing from the opening note, an original by the pianist, “Bremond’s Blues,” to the smoldering Young closer, “Ode To The Southwest,” In between, Young also manages to get off a fine tribute to Paul Chambers with a bowed bass solo on the title track, written by the late bassist, and on “Keep It Movin’,” a Wynton Kelly line that featured Chambers on the original 60’s recording. He certainly made a few fans with the “Two By Two,” series, and they won’t be disappointed with this outing.