Guitarist, Scott DuBois has taken a masterly turn with Landscape Scripture, an extended piece that carries aural impressions of one of Claude Monet's famous series of paintings, Haystacks." The renowned French master had conceived of his pastoral exhibit in a series of 25 canvases that looked at the iconic sculptures of hay at different times of day, and at different times of the year. DuBois has created his suite around aspects of the paintings depicted by the four seasons and turned out a romantic impression of these paintings. It may not have been easy to think of the guitarist as ...read more
Art inspired by work in another medium can be difficult to successfully resolve--the old adage, dancing about architecture," comes to mind. In the hands of a truly talented and empathetic artist however, such creative cross-pollination can bear surprisingly fruitful results, occasionally developing new potential for expression beyond the preconceived limitations of each respective form.Landscape Scripture is a highly accomplished and fully realized example of this concept. The fifth album by guitarist Scott DuBois (his third for Sunnyside Records), this record draws inspiration from the Impressionist paintings of Claude Monet--specifically his seasonally thematic Haystacks series. Capturing subtleties in lighting, ...read more
There is a deep, questioning spirituality that pervades the music of Scott DuBois. On Black Hawk Dance, his second Sunnyside release, the music becomes a kind of ancient/modern ritual that reaches outward and upward to seemingly attain--as Don Cherry once did--complete communion with the Divine. But the journey is not easy, as the music on this album will verify. It comes at a price. The artist is heard grappling with a soul in torment before he finds solace in the sound and silences of that which surrounds him. Respectful of the gift of musical nirvana that he has received in ...read more
On his previous 2005 release, Tempest (Soul Note), guitarist Scott DuBois aligned with prominent saxophonists, David Liebman, Loren Stillman and Jason Rigby as front line foils. Here, the artist employs German multi-woodwind ace Gebhard Ullmann for a largely, high-impact progressive jazz gala that comes right at you via sinewy discourses and complexly concocted song-forms.
Sparked by dynamic free-bop unison choruses, DuBois' intricately woven and somewhat animated single note flurries loom as a constant denominator. At times he seemingly ties his strings into knots with an array of sizzling solo spots and altogether cunning phraseology.
Ullmann toggles ...read more
Scott Dubois thrives on mercuriality. The guitarist-composer writes and plays with a starkness and moodiness that suits him perfectly, as displayed on Banshees. The shifts of focus and varying tempos make the music as fluid and intriguing as a Dalì painting.Dubois shows off his Metheny-influenced licks on “Mid to the West” and saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann shows immediately that he’s an acolyte from the upper register school of tenor playing. Thomas Morgan’s private-eye slick bass drives “Bend,” with Dubois playing lightning riffs and Ullmann shadowing him with harmonic effects on the soprano, frenetically exploring the full ... read more
Guitarist Scott DuBois is a rising presence on the New York jazz scene, an impressive soloist and gifted writer whose abilities garnered the attention of legendary saxophonist David Liebman, who served as a sideman on DuBois' previous releases, Monsoon (Soul Note, 2002) and Tempest (Soul Note, 2007). Banshees is the Sunnyside debut of the guitarist's international quartet, which features the Berlin based multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, fellow New Yorker Thomas Morgan on bass and Copenhagen resident Kresten Osgood on drums.
With their labyrinthine head melodies and intricate rhythms, DuBois' thorny compositions lend themselves to extended thematic development. An astute ...read more
Comparisons are only as good as the knowledge of the compared, but they can be helpful. Guitarist Scott Dubois' efforts on Banshees invite comparison to Samo Salamon, in that his instrumental technique and, by extension, his music live in the world of the unexpected and the unpredictable. Just being that, however, would not be enough and it is a pleasure to be able to say that this release contains much thought and structure which supports the free-wheeling spirit that is the essence of Dubois' music. Having recorded two previous quintet albums with reedmen David ...read more
The Scott Dubois Quintet can be considered an avant-garde band, but its latest record, Tempest, is a testament to just how accessible and captivating experimental music can be. There are tunes on the album for the more meditative thinker as well as for someone who just wants to enjoy the various moods and tones that the record evokes. Wander, the second track on the disc, shows off Dubois' ability to perform compelling duets. It begins with an encounter between David Liebman on Indian flute and Dubois on acoustic guitar. Their meeting is alluringly sluggish and Dubois tends ...read more
Scott DuBois plays a fair amount of electric guitar on Monsoon , his debut as a leader, but it's when he plays acoustic that he makes his most coherent and provocative statements. Strumming, plucking and pulling strings as if he were rearranging them on the neck of his instrument, DuBois injects the classical sound of Segovia's Spain into jazz music. With a band featuring two horn players, each doubling on soprano, DuBois' tunes favor the upper end of the scale and intensify air that's already crackling with seriousness. Regular cohort Loren Stillman solos earnestly on the CD's opening ...read more
Sometimes a recording can be academically impressive, filled with strong intention and all the ingredients for greatness, yet not quite reach the soul. Such is the case with guitarist Scott Dubois' Soul Note début, Monsoon which, aside from his quintet of the past four years, also features saxophonist David Liebman, who taught Dubois at the Manhattan School of Music. As a writer and a player, Dubois clearly demonstrates many attributes that, with time, should see him develop into a player of consequence, but for now, while Monsoon has plenty to recommend, Dubois lacks the interconnect between head and heart, mind ...read more
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