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Player Watch: Ruth Davies

Ruth DaviesBassist Ruth Davies has been featured in a piece by the San Jose Mercury News. Davies is a freelance bassist for jazz and blues and has an impressive discography including Grammy-winning and Platinum records.

From her website biography:

Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.

Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others.

She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She records and tours internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny, and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova.

The article covers Davies’ view on playing the blues and what it really means to be in the groove: “Groove is all-important. If that means only playing one note, then you have to learn to love that note.”

Currently Davies can be heard this Wednesday at the Ruth Davies’ Blues Night with Elvin Bishop on as part of the Stanford Jazz Festival.

Read the complete feature at San Jose Mercury News web site and be sure to check out Ruth’s web site.

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