Three views – all of them great, and all a rich testimony to the always-inventive sounds of trumpeter Dave Douglas! The package features three very different albums, wrapped up in a multi-faceted demonstration of Douglas' talents – the first a compelling session titled Rare Metals – which features the trumpet working with other brass from Vincent Chaney on French horn, Luis Bonilla on trombone, and Marcus Rojas on tuba – all working together with drummer Nasheet Waits as if they were a more regularly-constructed combo – with all the swing that might imply! Titles include "Town Hall", "Night Growl", "Lush Life", "Thread", and "Safeway". Orange Afternoon is an especially beautiful record – very rich in feeling, and with a tone and pacing that really fits the title! Douglas still has some sharp edges on his horn, but also relaxes into a more gentle groove too – working with Ravi Coltrane on tenor, Vijay Iyer on piano, Lindah Oh on bass, and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Coltrane's horn provides just the right sort of soulful companionship to Douglas' trumpet – and Iyer's piano still has that way of blocking out the sound, yet with less forcefulness than on some of his own records – leaving Dave to be the real creative guiding force of the set. Titles include "The Gulf", "Valori Bollati", "Solato", and "Frontier Justice". Bad Mango features Dave's So Percussion group – a quintet that has Douglas' trumpet working with some nicely skittish rhythms – in ways that really bring out a lot of sharp changes to the tunes – ones that Dave is only happy to meet with quick, inventive lines on his horn. There also might be a bit of electronics, although we can't tell for sure – as it may be some acoustic sounds, handled playfully – and titles include "One More News", "Bad Mango", "Nome", "Witness", "Spider", and "One Shot".
(Out of print. Includes original box and postcards!)