I've got to be honest-- I've never been crazy about Dave Douglas. His style of play on the trumpet is heralded by many and shows a deep talent, typically in a modern bop sense, that's certainly proficient and worthy of praise, and I'm mostly unmoved by it. I feel like I'm telling on myself in saying this, but there's just diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks. However, stacking Douglas with saxophonist Joe Lovano, the always outstanding Lawrence Fields on piano (who steals the show from whomever he's playing with), bassist Linda Oh (whose work as a leader has produced some of the finest albums of the last few years), and drummer Joey Baron, and I just can't turn such a combo down. The quintet is called Sound Prints and they're about to embark on a tour through the US and Europe over the next couple months before releasing their debut album on Blue Note Records early next year. If you have any doubt about how killing this group is, check out "Power Ranger", live from this last year's Monterey Jazz Festival after the jump.
I'm not one for Halloween, so I did a normal show. I kept some of the same new finds from last week, letting things unfold, and I ran across a few other works you'll probably enjoy. I'm always in a weird mood around Halloween, but shouldn't have reflected in this week's show.
The Line-Up for 31 October 2014
You remember drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue, right? One of the best albums of 2013 and has a Grammy award to prove it. On the album, Carrington's core trio has Christian McBride on bass and Gerald Clayton on piano, along with a host of guests on brass, winds, and vocals. This past March, she took a different band to Burghausen, Germany to play many of the tunes from that album. She was joined this time around by Aaron Goldberg on piano and James Genus on bass for the core trio, along with Tia Fuller and Antonio Hart on sax and flute and Claus Reichstaller on trumpet and flugelhorn. Check out a full video of the concert (almost 90 minutes long) after the jump.
I met guitarist/drummer/composer Horace Bray a year ago at a Tigran show in Austin. He'd been a fan of Nextbop for a while, and has been on my periphery for a while ever since. It's cool knowing I've got a young fan, it's even cooler to know the young University of North Texas student is pretty damn talented, too. As this young musician continues to gig in the Denton, Texas, area in assorted groups, the assorted songs he posts on his SoundCloud show pensive compositional poise and an artistic voice that's constantly influenced by other musicians today like Gilad Hekselman or Matthew Stevens. Recently, he recorded a short set of songs with bassist Mike Luzecky and drummer Connor Kent, grooving together quite well with Bray's original songs and with a lively, but relatively short version of "All the Things You Are". The set, perhaps one might consider it an EP if one may be so bold, is called Living.Within.Perfection and it's definitely worth spinning. Horace Bray is one of those artists I'm glad I've run into in the past and should definitely be one of those voices you should know. Check out Living.Within.Perfection and download some of the tracks after the jump.
Saxophonist Oliver Lake is quite accomplished. The 72-year-old leader has been gaining fellowships and making inventive music for years. His latest work has been with his organ quartet (Lake's third with an organ) of Jared Gold on B3 organ, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, and Chris Beck on drums. In part rooted from the grant awarded to them in this year's Doris Duke Performing Arts Award, they have made What I Heard. The pieces written for this album were originally intended for spoken word but they turned out quite well as instrumentals all the same, particularly with Beck keeping a crisp beat while Lake and Hendrix float around each other. These four sound great together. Check out What I Hear's opener, "6 and 3", after the jump.