Songbook Vol. 1 Reviewed in Elmore Magazine

As a guitarist/singer/songwriter/arranger, Dave Cross combines touches of both jazz and blues. In addition to his formidable guitar chops and easy, languid vocals, Dave has a talent for surrounding himself with top-notch musicians. The selections on Songbook all showcase the rich musical interplay between Cross and his backing band, which includes keyboards, a horn section and Dave’s wife Sue on bass.

 

Tracks like “Everyone Knows” and “Broke on Payday” reveal Cross’s talent for performing up-tempo blues shuffles,  where Cross punctuates his tongue-in-cheek lyrics with twisting, intricate guitar lines. On ballads like “I Promise” and “Gently,” Cross shows his skills as an accompanist— he strums delicate, atmospheric chords behind jazz horn solos and guest vocalist Gail Chasin. One of the most impressive tracks on Songbook is the New Orleans-flavored “Church of Charles.” While Cross’s lyrics pay tribute to Mingus, Monk and Armstrong, the horn players jam over a funky rhythm section that’s buffed up by guest percussionist Papo Rodriguez.

 

Dave and Sue Cross are based in Southern California, and their music displays a strong West Coast sensibility. The low-key style they bring to jazz and blues makes Songbook a worthwhile listen for roots music fans.

 

—Jon Kleinman ELMORE MAGAZINE.

The Brewery Artist Lofts

brewery_website005002December 11, 2014:  Playing the annual Brewery Artists Lofts Christmas Party–10th year–with Scott Martin and Nathan Cross.

From The Brewery Artists Lofts website:

The creation of the Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 at the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. With the passing of the Artist-In-Residence code, artists could rent live/work space in industrially zoned buildings. We rented only to artists and that is our policy to this day. In July 1997, the LA Weekly called us “the world’s largest artist-in-residence community” and in a March 1999 Los Angeles Times article The Brewery was quoted as the “world’s largest art complex.” These are true lofts, not apartments, in industrial buildings that are a part of what has become a uniquely vibrant and creative community..

Orange County Arts awards 2014

OC ArtsDave Cross performs solo 7-string guitar on October 22 at the 15th Annual Awards Ceremony, 2014 Orange County Arts Awards, at the Samueli TheaterSegerstrom Center for the Arts–Dave’s 6th consecutive year performing at the event, which celebrates progress and achievements in the cultural life of Orange County and the people who make them happen.  Many thanks to Richard Stein, Arts Orange County Executive Director, for producing a seamless and beautiful show.

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