Dave Douglas: Moving Portrait
Joni Mitchell's "Roses Blue" is performed up-tempo and with a subtle intensity that moves in deliberate strides. The singer's "My Old Man" and "The Same Situation" are presented with their melodies intact; however, the quartet delivers with its own interpretation that excites the listener's imagination. The trumpeter's compositions represent some of his best work. His lovely waltz "First Frost" provides space for Douglas, Carrothers, and Genus to offer individual solos that sing out like a vocalist's melodies. "Movement" steps close to the outer fringe edges of the modern mainstream in jazz. Douglas turns up the heat and the other members of the quartet provide an appropriate wall of sound. Their wall is like a tapestry, which has many interesting colors and patterns available for study. Recommended.
Track Listing: The Nine Cloud Dream; Paradox; Moving Portrait; First Frost; Roses Blue; My Old Man; The Same Situation; Movement; Romero.
Personnel: Dave Douglas- trumpet; Bill Carrothers- piano; James Genus- acoustic bass; Billy Hart- drums.
Record Label: DIW