A Box of Toys

Episode 171 – The Considerable Legacy of Richard Davis

Richard Davis Bassist
Richard Davis with his upright bass.

This episode covers the legacy of legendary bassist Richard Davis as a sideman for Roland Kirk, Jaki Byard, Andrew Hill, Gabor Szabo, Van Morrison, Janis Ian, Eric Dolphy, George Benson, Sonny Stitt, Phoebe Snow, Paul Simon and Sarah Vaughn.

Renowned bassist Richard Davis passed away in September of 2023.  This show will review only a tiny fraction of Richard Davis’ considerable legacy.

Rather than doing this chronologically, I am going to jump around and pick off related tracks, and we are starting with a track called Rip Rig and Panic by Roshand Roland Kirk- a track that a British Band who has appeared on ABOT was named after.  Second in the set is a cover from the Jaki Byard record called Memories of You, written by Eubie Blake.  Continuing in that strain of less than legendary jazz pianists, we have Andrew Hill, who amazed us enough to put him on the show a while back, we will be playing you a tune called Spectrum, before we return to hit you with another hour and a half of incredible music featuring the basswork of Richard Davis, here on ABOT.


Artist Song Album Label
Roland Kirk QuartetRip, Rig And PanicRip Rig And Panic / Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful EdithVerve Reissues
Jaki Byard,Roland KirkMemories Of YouPre-Rahsaan [2-fer]Prestige
Andrew HillSpectrumPoint Of DepartureBlue Note Records
Roland Kirk QuartetFrom Bechet, Byas, And FatsRip Rig And Panic / Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful EdithVerve Reissues
Gary McFarland,Gabor SzaboNature BoySimpaticoVerve Reissues
Gary McFarland,Gabor SzaboSimpaticoSimpaticoVerve Reissues
Van MorrisonAstral WeeksAstral WeeksRhino/Warner Bros.
SantanaEuropa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)Les IndispensablesSony Music Media
Janis IanAt Seventeen (Remaster)Between the Lines (Remastered)Columbia
Eric DolphyHat And BeardOut To LunchUMG-EMI
George BensonShape Of Things To ComeThe Shape Of Things To ComeA&M JAZZ
Van MorrisonBallerinaAstral WeeksRhino/Warner Bros.
Phoebe SnowIsn't It a ShameSecond ChildhoodColumbia
Sonny StittThe World Is A GhettoMr. BojanglesGRP
Pancadão GD SomBlinding Lights The WeekndSeleção 26Pancadão GD Oficial
Paul SimonSomething so RightDinner with My DarlingLegacy Recordings
Sarah VaughanWords Can't DescribeALL THE TOP SARAH VAUGHAN
JungleBack On 74VolcanoCaiola Records
Isaac HayesIke's Mood 1The RZA Presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Vol 1Soul Temple Entertainment