REVIEW – Drew Davidsen – True Drew – Oznot Records (3 1/2 out of 5 STARS)
May 28, 2013 - There is a sense of new life on this Drew Davidsen album. Sure, he looks like a million bucks after shedding a few pounds but there is much more going on here. Davidsen is well known as a guy who gives back with his charity work in Ghana, West Africa and like Peter White, Davidsen balances energy, catchy melodies and amazing guitar playing.
The album opener, 'My Guitar,' was inspired by Pat Metheny, Davidsen says, “This upbeat, driving symphony of guitars with a unique vocal hook takes full advantage of a beautiful 24-fret, solid-body Carvin.” Pardon me if I repeat myself again but this is the type of tune Smooth Jazz needs. Davidsen seems to have figured out that not everyone wants to sleep on the job in this format.
'95 South,' inspired by Wes Montgomery, is another kick-ass, speed-ticket, energy tune that serves as a reminder of the energy this format had before being watered down in R&B groove. READ MORE
Drew Davidsen Continues His Humanitarian Work and Readies New Album
It’s important to remember that portions of all sales of Davidsen’s music goes towards Ghanaian Mothers' Hope (www.GMHope.org), that organized his mission trip.
- By John Beaudin
July 13, 2012 – Drew Davidsen is at it again. The Jazz guitarist has just returned from his charitable work with Ghanaian Mothers' Hope. “The team and I visited several schools delivering 600 of the "life saving" coloring books in 7 days,” says Davidsen who also shared his music with the children. He adds, “All the schools and children that we visited were so excited to see us! The teachers and children enjoy the music with their whole selves; before we knew it they were all head bobbing and moving their bodies while I strummed my guitar and we sang.” Davidsen is also planning a music video that will help document his trip.
The trip was an eye opening experience for the guitarist who was struck by the area’s desperate need for education, “It breaks my heart to see children who don't have a school to go to because they are too little to walk so far.” The conditions of the roads created another hurdle, “Traveling around in Ghana is much different, says Davidsen. “With dirt roads that contain potholes and ruts almost the size of your van, you don't just zip over to a school. It was still in the rainy season so one day we had to find an alternate route because we suddenly came upon a small pond in the middle of the road. This pothole/pond was about 14x14 and possibly 3 feet deep.” He says walking to school was also dangerous for older kids.
Davidsen says, “I saw a lot of poverty but no one begging. Almost everyone has a small business of one kind or another. There was LOTS of commerce going on along the sides of every road.” He plans on going back to West Africa next year.
Also look for Davidsen’s new album ‘Hi5’ to come out this year. The project, which is currently being mixed, will feature Ron Tyson (lead singer of the Temptations), Eric Marienthal, and Bob Baldwin.