Dave Douglas: Soul On Soul
Mary Lou Williams faced the challenge of being a woman in a man's world of jazz. Her response was to stay well ahead of the curve, always playing with a very modern sound. She wrote music and arrangements for Andy Kirk's band and also for Benny Goodman, Earl Hines and Tommy Dorsey. It was Duke Ellington, her one time employer, that coined the tribute and title of this record, Duke said Williams' timeless music was, "like soul on soul."
For Douglas' first US major label release, he chose to record music that was accessible to devotees of the Wynton Marsalis revolution as well as Douglas' own legion of fans. Like Mary Lou Williams herself, the sextet takes us from the stride piano styling of Uri Caine to the post-bop saxophone lamentations of Chris Speed and Greg Tardy. It is almost as if Douglas is telling us it can be just as hip to look backward, as it is to look forward. Mary Lou Williams' music affords just such opportunity.
Track Listing: Blue Heaven; Ageless; Soul On Soul; Moon Of The West; Canticle; Aries; Mary's Idea; Waltz Boogie; Multiples; Kyrie; Zonish; Eleven Years Old; Play It Momma.
Personnel: Dave Douglas: Trumpet; Chris Speed: Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone; James Genus: Bass; Greg Tardy: Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone; Joshua Roseman: Trombone; Uri Caine: Piano; Joey Baron: Drums.
Record Label: RCA Victor