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Dave Douglas
biography, concert and CD reviews
Article added in June 2000
 
Concert in the Alte Kaserne Winterthur, April 20, 2000
 
Dave Douglas's concert with his sextet at the Alte Kaserne in Winterthur was dedicated to the pianist, arranger and composer Mary Lou Williams who is at the center of his new album Soul on Soul. The evening was dominated by Dave Douglas' own compositions which gave a lot of space to the six musicians for mostly short solo parts. In between, the sextet interpreted compositions by Mary Lou Williams, a woman who accompanied 20th-century jazz from blues to swing, bebop and also Cecil Taylor, with whom she worked together in 1977. The encounter is preserved on a famous live album. But as one can read in her biography (by Linda Dahl: Morning Glory. A Biography of Mary Lou Williams), she had no joyful memories connected with the experience and refused a second collaboration with Cecil Taylor because he had musically ignored her at the first concert and egoistically played "his thing". Luckily, with the Dave Douglas Sextet, such unpleasant adventures are impossible because the compositions written by the leader are responsive to the musicians possibilities and gave all of them room to express themselves. At the same time, his compositions never disintegrate, they are not mutilated by excessive solo efforts. Dave Douglas interprets ragtime and other motives of traditional jazz music in a contemporary way. His orientation on the tradition is not as conventional (not meant in a negative sense) and as harmonious as with Wynton Marsalis. Besides trumpeter Dave Douglas, all musicians were able to convince the public in Winterthur: tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Greg Tandy, trombonist Josh Roseman, bass player James Genus, pianist Uri Caine and drummer Ben Perowsky. The six musicians offered a subtle equilibrium, following the musical guideline and improvisation, of technical brilliance and sensitivity. At the same time, they managed to remain in the service of the general expression of the compositions.
 
Dave Douglas: Soul on Soul - Celebrating Mary Lou Williams. Sextet, February 2000

 
Dave Douglas' new album Soul on Soul was recorded with his Sextet - a group created in 1994. In that year, they recorded the album In Our Lifetime as a tribute to Booker Little. Since then, all his projects with the Sextet have been dedicated to a legendary jazz musician. On Soul on Soul, it is composer, arranger and pianist Mary Lou Williams who is at the center. But of the thirteen songs recorded, only four titles were written by Mary Lou Williams: Aries, Mary's Idea, Waltz Boogie and Play It Momma. The other compositions are by Dave Douglas. The trumpeter took the music of the pianist Williams and rewrote it, filtering out certain elements which appeal to his sensitivities: the orchestral harmonies, the bluesy syncopation or the sophisticated gospel. In this way, Dave Douglas is able to rediscover the works written by Williams and to give them a freshness and originality by creating modern compositions. On the album recorded in New York in 1999, one is surprised that there is little room for the piano (Uri Caine) since Mary Lou Williams was a pianist. The instrument plays no major role, with the exception of the composition Canticle. Therefore, the album Soul on Soul is a tribute in a larger sense. The Sextet did not dare to touch the masses and cantatas written by the devoted Catholic Mary Lou Williams - although the compositions Canticle and Kyrie, written by Dave Douglas, are an approach to her spirituality. Several critics consider Soul on Soul Dave Douglas' most accessible recording yet. Get the CD from Amazon.com.
 
The Sextet: Dave Douglas (trumpet), Chris Speed (clarinet and tenor saxophone), Greg Tardy (clarinet, bass clarinet and tenor saxophone), Joshua Roseman (trombone), Uri Caine (piano), James Genus (bass) and Joey Baron (drums). 

Biography

The year 1999 brought impressive recognition to composer and trumpeter Dave Douglas: in the Down Beat Readers Poll he was voted #2 Trumpeter of the Year and #3 Musician of the Year. In the 1999 Down Beat Critics Poll he ended up #2 Trumpeter of the Year, #1 "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" and #4 Artist of the Year. At the 1999 New York Jazz Awards he was voted Artist of the Year, Composer of the Year, Daring Innovator/Explorer and Trumpeter of the Year. The JazzTimes chose him as the Artist of the Year 1999. Jazziz and the Italian Jazz Critics' Society also recognized him.
 
Dave Douglas was born in Montclair, New Jersey, in 1963, and grew up the greater New York City area. At the age of five, he began to play the piano, at seven the trombone and at nine the trumpet. He studied jazz und classical harmony at high school. As an exchange student in Barcelona in 1978, he was introduced to playing improvised music. From 1981 to 1983, he studied in Boston at the Berklee College of Music and at the New England Conservatory. Dave Douglas acknowledges Igor Stravinsky, John Coltrane and Stevie Wonder as his major influences. In 1984, he moved to New York City where he studied the trumpet with Carmine Caruso at New York University.
 
From 1987 to 1990, Dave Douglas went on an international tour with Horace Silver, Vincent Herring, Dr. Nerve and the Bread and Puppet Theatre. In 1993, he made his solo debut and recorded the album Parallel Worlds which was released in 1994 by the Soul Note label. A year later, Dave Douglas produced his first album under the name of his trio: Tiny Bell Trio. Since then, he has been touring the world with his own groups. He is also a member of John Zorn's Masada and plays on records by Myra Melford, Anthony Braxton, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon, Fred Hersch, Mark Dresser and Tim Berne. As a composer and trumpeter, Dave Douglas explores paths outside traditional jazz and experiments with e.g. Hindustani music, mixing together Western and Indian instruments. - Jazz trumpet sheet music. - CDs by Dave Douglas at Amazon.com.
 
Discography (album, band, year)
 
Leap of Faith, Quartet, 2000;
Songs for Wandering Souls, Tiny Bell Trio, 1999; 
Convergence, Parallel Worlds, 1999; 
Charms of the Night Sky, Charms of the Night Sky, 1998;
Magic Triangle, Quartet, 1998;
Moving Portrait, Moving Portrait, 1998;
Stargazer, Sextet, 1997;
Live in Europe, Tiny Bell Trio, 1997;
Sanctuary, Sanctuary, 1997;
Five, Parallel Worlds, 1996;
Constellations, Tiny Bell Trio, 1995;
In Our Lifetime, Sextet, 1995;
Tiny Bell Trio, Tiny Bell Trio, 1994; 
Parallel Worlds, Parallel Worlds, 1994.  
Dave Douglas also performs as a guest musician on a series of other CDs.


Dave Douglas, trumpet. - Jazz trumpet sheet music. - CDs by Dave Douglas at Amazon.com.
 


Dave Douglas: Strange Liberation. February 2004. Get the CD from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
 

Dave Douglas: Soul On Soul. Get the CD from Amazon.com.
 

Dave Douglas: A Thousand Evenings. RCA Victor/BMG, 2000. Get it from Amazon.com or Amazon.de.
 

Dave Douglas: Charms of the Night Sky. Winter & Winter, 1998. Order it from Amazon.com or Amazon.de. - Jazz trumpet sheet music. - CDs by Dave Douglas at Amazon.com.







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