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Concert Review: Dave Douglas in Cambridge, 11-15-12

The trumpeter is joined on hymns from his new album ‘Be Still’ by singer Aoife O’Donovan

Dave Douglas doesn’t generally work with vocalists of any type, let alone folk singers. But he made an exception for Be Still, the eclectic album of hymns he recorded at the request of and in tribute to his late mother. And he was doing so again when he passed through Cambridge, Mass., playing the Regattabar on his brief East Coast tour in support of the new album.

Joining trumpeter Douglas were most of the standout young musicians from Be Still: Jon Irabagon on tenor sax, Matt Mitchell on piano and Linda Oh on bass, with Clarence Penn subbing for Rudy Royston on drums. On vocals, as on the album, was Boston native Aoife O’Donovan, best known for her work with her longtime alternative bluegrass group Crooked Still, and introduced by Douglas as “my favorite singer in the world.”

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