February 08, 2000
RCA Victor
Jazz, Modern Creative, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument, Trumpet Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modal Music

Album Review

Trumpeter Dave Douglas continues on his remarkable journey to document some of his primary musical influences. This one, a celebration of Mary Lou Williams, comes on the heels of similar tributes to Booker Little and Wayne Shorter. While only four of the 13 compositions were penned by Williams (the rest are by Douglas), her uniquely upbeat, sophisticated style is well captured. For those who know Douglas only for his forays into the avant-garde, this recording should open some eyes; the trumpeter has a strong handle on the tradition. Actually, this is nothing new, as he has been remarkably at home with a broad collection of styles for years. Douglas leads one of his most versatile and exciting groups here: pianist Uri Caine (who improvises all over the map), bassist James Genus, drummer Joey Baron, trombonist Joshua Roseman, and tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Chris Speed. Greg Tardy sits in on clarinet, bass clarinet, and tenor saxophone on a few numbers.
Steven Loewy, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Blue Heaven
  2. Ageless
  3. Soul on Soul
  4. Moon of the West
  5. Canticle
  6. Aries
  7. Mary's Idea
  8. Waltz Boogie
  9. Multiples
  10. Kyrie
  11. Zonish
  12. Eleven Years Old
  13. Play It Momma
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