Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Strange Liberation

Trumpet player Dave Douglas's most recent release is witty and beautiful—at times reminiscent of Miles Davis's IN A SILENT WAY. Douglas leads his sextet (which includes Bill Frisell, guitar; Chris Potter, tenor sax, bass clarinet; Uri Caine, Fender Rhodes; James Genus, acoustic and electric bass; Clarence Penn; drums percussion) through an agile blend of acoustic and electric jazz. A Single Sky & the title track, Strange Liberation are subtle beauties, Skeeter-ism is a postmodern, ironic, humorous take on a nourish movie soundtrack, with Douglas showing some amazing chops. Currently, my favorite tracks are Mountains From The Train—a wonderful lyrical piece, and Rock of Billy—pure, postmodern, hard-driving, hard bop. STRANGE LIBERATION is a great album, and if you want to check out the latest in jazz, you can’t go wrong starting with this CD.

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