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Dave Douglas: Dark Territory

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Many jazz fans often wonder what kind of music Miles Davis would be making if he were still alive. Given that he was a musical chameleon who absorbed, internalized and expressed himself in all sorts of styles-from big band to hip-hop-anything is possible. These thoughts often come to mind when listening to Dave Douglas. The trumpeter looks forward and backward, grabbing from any genre he likes while pushing every boundary of jazz.

His latest album, Dark Territory, is essentially Part Two of 2015’s High Risk. Drawn from the same sessions, the new disc features another seven songs that pit Douglas’ stark blowing against a backdrop of electronics and electronic-style drumbeats. Featuring Jonathan Maron on electric and synth basses, Mark Guiliana on acoustic and electric drums and Zachary “Shigeto” Saginaw on electronics, the music blends jazz, rock and electronica while not actually becoming any one of them.

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