Snake Davis - Talent Without The fuss!
I recently spent a Saturday night with the man pictured above. He goes by the name of Snake Davis and was with M People back in the day, but then he was also with a whole host of other people and still is as a live and recording session player. I interviewed him back in November and took pictures of his car for the next issue of the magazine. Along with being extremely accommodating, he gave me a copy of his latest CD, Classic Sax Solos on which he and a band of equally talented musicians recreate tracks with saxophone at their heart. The gig was at The Mill in Banbury, a fairly intimate venue seating about 180 folk. The sound is very good as the on stage amplifiers (backline) could be clearly heard so the house PA had not so much work to do. Soft spoken Snake had the audience in raptures for almost two hours while he told us all about the people he had met and the connections he has with many of the tracks he played. His tales were fascinating to me and the playing was scintillating. In a world where modern "artists" seem pre disposed to scream at me and demand I put my hand in the air and make some noise, it was refreshing to have the artist do all of the work and just entertain without any trace of ego - used by many to conceal a lack of talent. If you can get to a Snake Davis Band gig, I can strongly recommend the experience - 10/5!