Bold work from one of the most restlessly creative talents in jazz – trumpeter Dave Douglas, who always seems to surprise us with the setting of each new record! This set has Dave blowing with his Westerlies group – a sextet with two trumpets, two trombones, and a drummer – which makes for a brass-strong sound, but expressed in a small combo mode – rhythmic elements from the drums and other horns, supporting one soloist in the lead – on tunes that are all originals by Douglas, and have a mighty tight punch! There's no other instrumentation in the group at all – which means that the trombones handle a bit of bass, and all horns might fit in where a piano would normally rest – all of which makes for a very unique sound throughout. Titles include "Champion", "Arcade", "Men & Machine", "Bunting", "Swing Landscape", "The Front Page", "Colonial Cubism", and "Your Special Day". CD
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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Soundprints —
Scandal ... CD Greenleaf, 2018. New Copy ...
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A beautiful collaboration between trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano – a record that has both musicians really hitting the heights of their creative powers! Dave's got this angular, edgey feel that takes us back to his earlier records – not that we haven't liked his recent projects, but he sounds especially great here in the company of Lovano – whose tenor is sharp and superb, and also plays a bit of G mezzo soprano sax as well! The rest of the group is equally well-matched – a great lineup that features Lawrence Fields on piano, Linda May Han Oh on bass, and Joey Baron on drums – all working with this quality that's angular and swinging at the same time – never too sharp for its own good, but flowing along in a really creative way. Two of the tunes are by Wayne Shorter – who's late 60s music might be a good comparison with some of the sounds here – and titles include "Dream State", "Full Sun", "Ups & Downs", "Full Moon", "Libra", "Juju", and "The Corner Tavern". CD
Greg Ward's group here is named 10 Tongues – a great label for an ensemble that's overflowing with individual voices on their instruments – less a big band than a combo that can bring together so many different tones and colors at once! Ward himself is wonderful on alto, but maybe even more impressive as both the leader and composer here – writing in this fresh voice that's extremely positive and uplifting, but without ever resorting to any cloying cliches – and the group seems to respond by playing his music with a sense of joy and discovery at each new twist and turn! Players include Keefe Jackson on baritone and tenor, Tim Haldeman on tenor, Ben LaMar Gay on cornet, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Norman Palm on trombone, Christopher Davis on bass trombone, Jason Roebke on bass, Marcus Evans on drums, and Dennis Luxion on piano – on titles that include "Singular Serenade", "Daybreak", "Grit", "With All Your Sorry Sing A Song Of Jubilation", "Dialogue Of The Black Saint", and "Gather Round The Revolution Is At Hand". CD
A beautiful project from trombonist Ryan Keberle – one that follows his excellent previous work with his Catharsis group, but a set that also uses a vocal group as well – which adds a whole new dimension to the music! The songs have a spiritual power that really lives up to the title – as the core jazz instrumentation blends with the voice of guitarist Camila Meza – who's appeared on other records with Keberle, but seems to really be hitting her stride here – delivering songs with a message that's only amplified by the richness of Ryan's work on trombones and Fender Rhodes, alongside trumpet from Mike Rodriguez, bass from Joerge Roeder, and drums from Eric Doob. Sometimes Meza sings wordlessly, but in a way that still carries a lot of meaning – and other times the larger group really comes through to give her support. The trumpet and trombone have this great way of flowering together, which always seems to hint at new beginnings – and titles include "Become The Water", "Al Otro Lado Del Rio", "Ancient Theory", "Strength", "Mindfulness", and "I Am A Stranger". CD