Dave Douglas at Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago
The evening ended with a showing of the Arbuckle short "Fatty's Plucky Pup, and the accompanying tune, a mid-tempo groover that's all mellow warmth and burnished edges known as "Luke the Dog, has to rank as one of Douglas' best unrecorded tunes. The band was at its tightest here, simmering with a sort of wry, good-natured intensitysort of like good silent comedy.
Ultimately, one's ability to appreciate this music as mere accompaniment to Arbuckle's movies depends on one's mood, desires and preferences. Keystone is, in any case, another ambitious Douglas project that's produced a great band, some stunning music, and a much-deserved resurrection of Roscoe Arbuckle's work. All in all, a fascinating show.