Sunday, May 26, 2013

Listening to Now: Dave Douglas Quintet - "Be Still My Soul"

By Richard K. Barry

Dave Douglas is on the cover of the current issue of Downbeat.

He is an American jazz trumpeter and composer whose music derives from many non-jazz musical styles, including classical music, folk music from European countries and Klezmer. He has been a member of the experimental big band Orange Then Blue. Douglas is currently the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which is held annually in New York City.

Since 1993, Douglas has recorded more than twenty albums as a bandleader. He has also performed and recorded with dozens of musicians, perhaps most notably with various John Zorn ensembles. With his own groups, Douglas has pioneered new settings for the trumpet in jazz. In more recent years, he has explored collaborations involving modern dance, spoken word/poetry, and film.

This is the title track from a new recording called "Be Still My Soul."

From Dave Douglas's website:
The continually evolving trumpeter & composer settles down for a ballad-like set that presents a series of hymns and folk songs with an intensely personal connection. Be Still brings out the most lyrical side of Douglas, and introduces both a newly configured Quintet — Jon Irabagon (saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano) , Linda Oh (bass), and Rudy Royston (drums)— and an important new collaborator, vocalist Aoife O’Donovan.


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