The Dave Davani Four (Davani, lower right)
Listen – The Dave Davani Four – Tossin’ and Turnin’ – MP3
I hope everyone had an excellent weekend (I know I did).
Despite a serious lack of sleep, the fall weather was extraordinary, and probably provided the lift I needed after a tremendously stressful week.
Today’s selection is a perfect example of the kind of things that hide on log ignored b-sides, discovered only after several return trips to the crates.
I first heard about Dave Davani via my mentor on all things, British beat (R&, Freak and other), Mr. Luther. My interest was initially piqued via Davani’s ‘The Jupe’, one of the swingingest, smokingest bits of UK based Hammond I’d ever heard. It was a while (again via Mr. Luther) that I obtained my very own copy of that 45, which I wrote up and posted over at Funky16Corners back in the Blogger days. (almost three years ago). I’ll refer you to that post for more of the pertinent details.
However, though I’m sure I flipped the record over when I first got it, I gave it a pass – probably not listening to the whole thing – simply because it wasn’t an instrumental (kind of like buying a DaVinci and ignoring the other side of the page because it was occupied with an original drawing by Dr. Seuss).
So, I was rifling through the crates recently, attempting to re-file a large number of misplaced organ 45s, and when I came across the Dave Davini Four record, decided to give its neglected side another spin.
Good thing I did too, because while the group’s cover of Bobby Lewis’ ‘Tossing and Turning’ isn’t as brilliant as ‘The Jupe’ (which is an apples/oranges comparison anyway), what it is, is a rollicking slice of UK R&Beat, with a Georgie Fame cum Spencer Davis cum any dozen other organ-led combos vibe that doesn’t let up from the run-in to the run-off. All that, and the fact that Davani gets the chance to pull out the stops on a nice little solo about halfway in.
Good stuff, and I hope you dig it.
I’ll be back later in the week with something groovy.