“Pianist John Davis plays Tom’s pieces spiritedly, and provides informative liner notes. He also includes some writing about Tom by Black Nationalist poet Amiri Baraka, magician Ricky Jay, and neurologist Oliver Sacks. Sacks comments that autistic people cannot be creative, but the music refutes this at every turn. Both musicologists and neurologists would benefit from investigating this miraculous contradiction further.”

Harvey Pekar, NPR

THE JOHN DAVIS CARAVAN:  Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, New York, NY
“Pianist John Davis has made a mission of uncovering music by 19th-century black pianists, including slaves, whose work had a direct impact on the blues, jazz, rock, and R&B artists that came in their wake. So far his Caravan has made stops for the music of Blind Boone and Blind Tom, resulting in critical adulation.”

Time Out New York

“Mr. Davis specializes in American music. His performances of works by William Albright (A Ragtime Lullabyand Pianoagogo) and James P. Johnson (Yamekraw) were well conceived… Everything else was nicely done, especially Copland’s wonderful Piano Variations, in which Mr. Davis found the homespun lyricism beneath the severe Serialist gestures…The Bartok performance [of Out of Doors] was hardly less impressive than the Copland.”

James R. Oestreich, The New York Times