David “Knife” Fabris
Official Website of guitarist and educator David Fabris
Thanksgiving in June!
Thanks to everyone who came to support my CD Release party at Spectrum in NYC on June 8th. Ran Blake and Steve Chaggaris very gratiously traveled all the way from Boston to join my local comrades, Impetus (Geoffrey Burleson and Maria Tegzes), Dave Phillips (of Dave and Dave), and my newest duo partner Gus Baxter (helping me to premeier two new works!). With an enthusiastic audience inspiring some great musicians at a nice venue (great piano!), a good time was had by all.
And, the string of great reviews continues to mount...
From the NYC Jazz Record
: "Lettuce Prey is many things but above all it is terrific music." (read the full review here
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From Sea of Tranquility
: "There's more than enough to entice the average Jazz fan to lend an ear, oodles of craziness which will invite the more avant-garde aboard, and a smattering of earth shattering smacks which will cause the more adventurous of the Rock brigade to prick up their ears..." (read the full review here
From the Gapplegate Guitar blog
: "It is an excellent outing in advanced jazz and rock zones. You must listen! There is no substitute. Very cool music." (full review here
From the NY School of Music and Art: "There’s plenty of music to explore here, so for those looking for a feast… open your musical palate and dig in." (read full review here: NYSOMA
And, from the Downtown Music Gallery's Newsletter (3/28/14): "...Mr. Fabris, whose nickname is "Knife" is a master of the slide guitar but not just in that blues-like way most often associated with slide guitar. Fabris plays Hendrix's "Angel" on a somber solo electric guitar in a most elegant way before sailing into a fine, quick strummed conclusion...Nothing is overdone or extreme but consistently well-crafted on a few different levels... What I like most about this is that Fabris finds ways of rearranging pieces so that we never know what direction any one piece will take. A string quartet by Ginastera sounds more like a prog rock encounter when played on a sustained Crimsonish electric guitar led unit. There is nothing obvious about whatever turn these pieces take throughout the entire hour-long disc." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Have a salad - Lettuce Prey is here!!
Lettuce Prey (Great Winds/Musea 3169) is music that is supported equally by the three legs of Rock, Jazz and Classical. It has the guts and glory of rock heroes like Jimi Hendrix (whose tune, Angel, is featured as a guitar solo on this CD). It possesses the surprise and intrigue of Jazz improvisation (like Ornette Coleman's Sadness - presented here in a jazz quintet format). Lastly, it exudes the intricacy and depth of contemporary Classical music - Ives, Prokofiev, and Khatchaturian are among the composers presented here. But the intent is for the styles to coalesce...that the heavy guitar bass and drum treatment of Ginastera's String Quartet No. 2, for example, maintains the sublimation of the original while making the listener pump their fist in the air!
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The music of guitarist David Fabris has been steeped deeply in an eclectic pool of influences.
These influences are evident in the variety of performances and ensembles to his credit. His newest CD, Lettuce Prey, seamlessly travels between the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Contemporary Classical music. He has recorded four records (Hatology, Soulnote, NoBusiness) and toured internationally with his mentor, third stream pianist Ran Blake, to great acclaim. He is also currently a member of the experimental big band, the Pittsburgh Collective, and the punk-cabaret trio IMPetus.
"The Knife" also performed (on banjo) with his traditional jazz band, Mudsole, for both of President Clinton’s inaugurals.
He was a reserve guitarist for Bernie Worrell, a founder of the seminal funk band Parliament. Mr. Fabris is also the founder of the Fabulous School of Music in Beverly MA and an adjunct professor at St. Thomas Aquinas and Passaic County Community College.