Chris 'Snake' Davis
This man has paid his dues in music colleges, cruise ships and the clubs and hangouts of London, Liverpool, Manchester and New York. Now he is established as one of the U.K.'s most sought after sax players. I first met the man at the Eurostar terminal in Waterloo station as he returned from playing a Ray Charles gig in Paris with the cream of British horn players.
I gave him a cassette, said see you about eight thirty tonight and we went our separate ways. Later that evening he played like he'd been with us for years and blew everybody away. In recent years he's maintained a pretty high profile as resident saxophonist on 'Tonight' with Jonothan Ross, playingwith James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Chaka. In between recording many film scores and T.V. themes he's played on albums by Lisa Stansfield, Ray Charles, George Michael, Soul To Soul, Paul McCartney, Robert Palmer and M- People.
On the touring front recently he's worked with many of those same acts such as Ray Charles, Swing Out sister, Lisa, M-People and his own band who I had the pleasure of guesting with. He's a real soul man and has made one of my standards 'A love of your own' his own, as one reviewer put it, 'He doesn't mess about'.