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Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)

During his appearance at Winter Jazzfest 2017, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings implored the audience that “We need new songs, new hymns, new myths.” Uplift, the latest album from the prolific trumpeter Dave Douglas, is, albeit indirectly, a response to Hutchings’ plea. The record’s 12 tracks ring as treatises in musical form rather than popular songs or … Read More “Dave Douglas: Uplift (Greenleaf)”

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Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas/Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf)

In a press release, Dave Douglas lays out the reasoning behind the title of this second Sound Prints album, Scandal. “We’re not playing by the traditional, or school-taught, rules of jazz,” the trumpeter-composer writes. It is scandalous, he explains further, in today’s ever-more-unpredictable climate, “to question everything about the assumptions made in improvisation,” an activity … Read More “Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas/Sound Prints: Scandal (Greenleaf)”

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Live Review: Dave Douglas Presents “Dizzy Atmosphere” at JALC

For Dave Douglas, the art of the tribute has never been about the act of strict repertory theatre. In saluting undersung trumpeter Booker Little, honoring trailblazing pianist-composer Mary Lou Williams, nodding toward Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy (with his own Brass Ecstasy) and highlighting the importance of any number of horn heavies through his role as … Read More “Live Review: Dave Douglas Presents “Dizzy Atmosphere” at JALC”

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Dave Douglas with the Westerlies & Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life (Greenleaf)

In drummer Anwar Marshall and brass quartet the Westerlies, Dave Douglas has found a perfect set of collaborators—five individuals who are all as adept as he at both celebrating jazz traditions and joyously ripping them apart. Douglas has gone down the general writing-for-brass-ensemble path before, of course, most notably for his Brass Ecstasy project. But … Read More “Dave Douglas with the Westerlies & Anwar Marshall: Little Giant Still Life (Greenleaf)”

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Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste: Dada People

Produced with the support of the French American Jazz Exchange, Dada People is trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste’s paean to surrealist photographer Man Ray (he’s the gent glaring from the cover photo, alongside fellow Surrealist Salvador Dalí). While these 10 tracks never reach, or even really attempt, the heights of abstracted hysteria found … Read More “Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste: Dada People”

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Dave Douglas: Dark Territory

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 … Read More “Dave Douglas: Dark Territory”

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Dave Douglas: High Risk

There is a resonance of Miles Davis on “Molten Sunset,” the lead song from High Risk by trumpeter Dave Douglas. The tone is brawny but bruised and forlorn. The attendant musicians beneath the clarion horn are in a cavernous mesh, a Miles touchstone from Sketches of Spain to Bitches Brew and beyond. But this “Molten” … Read More “Dave Douglas: High Risk”

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