Alvin Davis is a contemporary UK saxophonist, trumpet player and vocalist. With hits ranging from the sublimely sensual Sundowner, to urban fusion, Dub the Jazz, he has performed on stages across the world.
Growing up in Handsworth, Birmingham he was exposed to greats such as Miles Davis, Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen and Bob Marley and his compositions reflect his passion for integrating jazz, reggae and soul.
As a session player and music teacher, Alvin has worked with the likes of Andy Hamilton, Edwin Starr, The Foundations, Neville Staples (Specials & Fun Boy Three), Alton Ellis, Macka B, Jackie Graham, Nigel Kennedy and David Hinds of Steel Pulse.
Releasing his debut album ‘Let It Blow’ (Sony Tristar 1992), was for Alvin; “an opportunity to bare my soul in the studio and fulfil my ambitions.” For the critics it was “an erotic mix of horn and sax with expressive sensuality.”
‘Let It Blow’ took Alvin around the world, with the album reaching number 4 on the American R and R (New Adult Contemporary) National Airplay chart, winning him the first round of the critical acclaim that has become a hallmark of his career on both sides of the Atlantic.
The album also broke into the Top 10 of the influential Gavin A2 Adult Alternative chart in America.
In fact, such was the Stateside success of ‘Let it Blow’ that Alvin was even a topic of conversation on the top rated US TV programme The Arsineo Hall Show, which can count likes of Madonna among its guests, and was also given a mention, on british TV, as,’ someone from the UK he’s been listening to,’ by none other than Prince.
The follow up ‘Let The Vibes Decide’ (Ripe Recordings 1994), did even better for Alvin, selling over 10,000 copies pre-release, it peaked at number 3 in the USA and took Alvin back on the road again, winning him more enthusiastic praise from the critics.
This included comparisons with Gerald Albright, Kim Waters, David Sanborn and Kenny G.
Take Flight’ (Hornblower / Teklife 1999), which was written, recorded and produced in Birmingham for his own Hornblower Productions, and also won crucial acclaim for the multi-talented saxophonist, vocalist, producer and songwriter.
Alvin enthusiastically agrees that…. “COMMOTION, (his latest recording) is my most fully realized album.
I feel I’ve succeeded in incorporating more of an urban flavour, ’cause musically my roots are firmly in R&B and reggae.
I grew up listening to Stevie (Wonder), Earth, Wind & Fire, Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws, and these days you’ll find me listening to Jill Scott, D’Angelo and other neo soul artists”.