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Scott DuBois: Summer Water

Read "Summer Water" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The third album in guitarist Scott DuBois' survey of the seasons is a story of both inverse relationships and connected themes. Composed in a frigid Chicago winter, the album speaks of summer's warmth; shaped by symphonic inspirations and aspirations, the music surprisingly cuts the other way in featuring solo guitar without overdubs; and bent on creating a fluid context where river meets sea, the program offers a mirrored outlook that meets at the middle ("Storm Where The River Meets The ...

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Scott DuBois: Autumn Wind

Read "Autumn Wind" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


When last we heard from guitarist Scott DuBois he was conjuring visceral thoughts of our coldest times on Winter Light (ACT Music, 2015). Now he's turned back the calendar one season, turning his attention toward harvest days with Autumn Wind. While there are certain similarities between DuBois' two seasonal epics--the presence of bassist Thomas Morgan, multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, and drummer Kresten Osgood; the semi-programmatic nature of the music, taking shape within each single song and as a ...

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Scott DuBois: Winter Light

Read "Winter Light" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The journey from morning to night, from the dark and promising wintry dawn to the gelid day's goodbye, is one fraught with possibility. At least that's how guitarist Scott DuBois sees it. On Winter Light, Dubois tells the story of a single frigid day. It's as wondrous, chilling, atmospheric, and powerful as can be. Over the course of seven tracks, DuBois and his longtime band mates--German multi-reedist Gebhard Ullmann, American bassist Thomas Morgan, and Danish drummer Kresten ...

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Scott Dubois: Landscape Scripture

Read "Landscape Scripture" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


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 ...

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Scott Dubois: Landscape Scripture

Read "Landscape Scripture" reviewed by Troy Collins


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), ...

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Scott Dubois: Black Hawk Dance

Read "Black Hawk Dance" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


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 ...

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Scott DuBois: Banshees

Read "Banshees" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


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 ...


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