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Dave Douglas: Soul on Soul: Celebrating Mary Lou Williams

The music on Soul on Soul-the initial fruit of a four-album deal Douglas inked with RCA last year, its title nabbed from Duke Ellington’s description of Williams-is considerably diverse. As usual, Douglas celebrates the spirit of the artist he’s feting more than their specific body of work, and the diversity of the pianist’s criminally underrated career can certainly be related to the trumpeter’s thus-far-celebrated one. He digs back into the funky soul jazz of his first key employer, Horace Silver, on “Blue Heaven,” recalls the music of his first sextet tribute subject, Booker Little, on “Ageless,” delves into some beautiful horn-only chamber-like music on “Eleven Years Old”-played by Douglas, trombonist Joshua Rosemen and tenor player Chris Speed-and showcases his flair for discreet, multi-part tunes on “Moon of the West,” with an excellent note-piling stride section contributed by pianist Uri Caine.

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