I like this story, run on a local website in Madison, Wisconsin, about the naming of “Richard Davis Lane” after the great Out to Lunch and Astral Weeks bassist. The latter album would not conjure the same spell if Davis had happened not to be on it. He contributes to some of its most intimate moments, seemingly getting on a deep level what Van is singing. As for Out to Lunch, well Dolphy is a God and this was his best album. Hugely demanding in terms of its beat and ever shifting feel, again impossible to appreciate without Davis, it continues to inspire great bands like Empirical and fans old and new the world over. SG 

 

An extract from the story:

“The community is invited to a ribbon-cutting on Saturday, July 20, noon, at the corner of Darbo Drive and brand-new Richard Davis Lane on Madison’s east side.  Richard Davis [top], a Madison jazz legend and Professor Emeritus of Bass at the University of Wisconsin where he taught from 1977 until his retirement in 2016, will officially be honored with a street in his name.”

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