David Caceres: Double Threat Coming Forward
"When I got to Houston and I was teaching at HSPVA, I felt like I was still growing. I remember the fire at that school for checking out new music and passing CDs around. I was caught up in all that. I was in my early-to-mid-20s then. I was influenced by that same passion and fire that was going on at that school. I thought my education continued on even there. I was in charge of the improvisation class and I remember I was trying to teach things that I learned at Berklee and it was stuff these kids already knew, so I had to dig a little deeper. So my education continued on even as a teacher at that school."
His first CD was cut in 1995, "a mixture of stuff. Because my influences are so vast. I wanted to do bunch of different things on that record. There's some instrumental stuff. There's some Monk on there. There's some kind of funky stuff. Freer stuff. The people that were financing the record didn't really say they wanted me to sing on it. But they knew that I did both, so I decided to put them both on the record."
When it came time for his trio record a few years down the road, Caceres said he was "very influenced by the trio setting of Branford Marsalis with Jeff "Tain" Watts and Robert Hurst. I loved the energy and freedom in that. I decided to record that concept as well. At that time, I was a little frustrated and not really doing what I wanted to be doing musically. That was me going all out and trying to be as creative as possible. It wasn't something I was going to make money off of or market in Texas. But it was very self-satisfying."
Caceres bounced back to New York for a bit, which led to the new CD, but Caceres is still calling Houston home and hopes he gets to tour somewhat with the new recording behind him. "This is a great time in my life. I'm happy with the music. Things are great."
The album also caused him to look a little different at his career moves. He explains, "In listening to this project, I realize the importance of my writing. I feel like I've opened another platform for my compositions. So I'm writing again and getting excited about doing this again and keeping the ball rolling."
David Caceres, David Caceres (Sunnyside Records, 2011)
David Caceres, Reflections (Self Produced, 2006)
David Caceres, Trio (Self Produced, 1999)
David Caceres, Innermost (Self Produced, 1995)
All Photos: Courtesy of David Caceres