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Dave Douglas: Mountain Passages

There is no current major jazz musician with an oeuvre more diverse than trumpeter Dave Douglas’. He has recently been associated with at least 10 very different working ensembles. Now there’s another, Nomad, formed for Douglas’ new album and new record label.

Nomad is Douglas, reedist Michael Moore, tuba player Marcus Rojas, cellist Peggy Lee and drummer Dylan van der Schyff. The label is Greenleaf, for which Douglas serves as artistic director. The album, Mountain Passages, began as a commission from the Sound of the Dolomites festival in Northern Italy, which asked Douglas “for music to be played between 9,000 and 12,000 feet.” The music is also in memoriam to Douglas’ late father, Damon, who loved to run on mountain trails.

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