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Jazz at it's BEST !

 


Alto saxophonist and vocalist David Caceres certainly has the genetics to justify his impressive command of both instruments.  He is, after all, the grandson of jazz violinist Emilio Caceres who led a swing orchestra in San Antonio, Texas in the 1930's & 40's.  His great-uncle Ernie Caceres played saxophone and clarinet with the Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman big bands.  David himself cultivated his own talents at Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music, and headed to the Big Apple to cut his musical teeth.  Yet, with his rich heritage, it is no wonder he returned to his roots to stake his musical claim.  His freshman recording, Innermost is a highly personal tale of a young man's heritage, struggle and foresight

David was first drawn to the saxophone in grade school at the age of 11, after having studied piano for 4 years.  The young Caceres was intrigued by the instrument and its sound which so closely represented the phrasing of the human voice.  Although, David would eventually be deeply influenced by his family role models and jazz, it was a newer generation which first inspired him.  He carried his early love of pop and rhythm and blues to Berklee where he studied with sax guru Joe Viola.  At Berklee, David began to absorb the sounds of the Masters: John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Sony Rollins and pianists like Keith Jarret and Bill Evans.  He began to cultivate his vocal talents, combining his early love for the sound of Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder with his new discoveries of Chet Baker, Frank Sinatra and Sarah Vaughn.  After briefly working in New York as session player after graduation, a trip to Cyprus in 1990 provided an opportunity to focus and rejuvenate.

David returned to his roots in South Texas, settling in his hometown of San Antonio.  Soon his reputation spread and he was invited to join Houston's illustrious jazz pianist Paul English and his Quartet.  Since, David has enjoyed a very high profile in the Central Texas music community. He has shared the stage with visiting artists Kirk Whalum, John Patitucci, and Will Kennedy and leads and leads a highly successful group of his own. His tenure at the High School of Performing and Visual Arts teaching improvisation and saxophone has proved equally invigorating.  It is no wonder his debut CD Innermost is creating somewhat of a local craze. 

Innermost was released in December 1995. Initial pressings sold out immediately and the CD garnered acclaim from critics around the region.  Showcasing the duality of David's personality, the disk features his own compositions along with vocal renditions of jazz classics.  The mood swings from straight-ahead jazz and bop to probing chamber pieces and easy-going vocals.  Whether playing or singing, David is a lyrical and powerful force who digs deep into himself with every note.  Innermost expresses what Houstonians have come to expect from this modern voice - the soulful side of jazz, carrying the Caceres tradition into new directions.
 

You can purchase the David Caceres CD "Innermost" at Independents Music