This quintet debut release features, Isamu Sato on alto sax, Paul
LeFebvre on guitar and steel guitar, Jorge Pertuz on drums, Brett Bass
on bass, and group leader Dave Kolker on guitar, vocals, and author and
arranger of all the titles included here. It is note worthy that Dave
Kolker is a student of NYBS society member and local guitar charmer Larry Baeder.
The album brightly opens with the funky, “Recognition”. The soulful
ballad, “You Say” talks about the pressures and the ups and downs of
trying to make it as a musician, and starts slowly as Kolker and Isamu
build this song into a nice jam. The popular, “Penny Song” is very
well written with rock steady guitar playing from Kolker, and great
chord changes. Listen to Kolker and Isamu hit all the notes together, and
then rock it out. “Girl I Miss You” is a very bluesy ballad, with
more great chord changes. Enjoy the hot licks from Kolker on the smokey,
“Soul on Fire”. “Two Sides, Same Coin” is a fine straight ahead
slow blues. The final cut offers nice steel guitar from Paul LeFebvre on
the quiet, “Fallen Angel”.
The David Kolker Quintet has it’s own unique sound and feel,a not too
easy to do thing on a debut album by this young bright guitarist. David
Kolker is a musician who has a great sense of rhythm, and plenty of nifty
chord changes to offer. I particularly enjoyed the fact that just about
every song has a steady building and uplifting progression. It seems
David Kolker has a good future in front of him, check him out at the
Baggot Inn in the West Village every “Tuesday”, and stay tuned for
continued growth on his next recording.