Trumpeter Dave Douglas possesses faultless technique, a wholly original conception and a sound that crosses wide stylistic boundaries. His free jazz/avant-garde/post-bop compositions tend to appeal to a very select audience mainstream fans may have a tough time warming to "Magic Triangle". Things get off to a rip-roaring start with Everyman
, Dave's dizzying exchange with tenor saxophonist Chris Potter. My interest began to wane with the random abstraction of Padded Cell
, but I was impressed with the lovely tone and moody feel (shades of Miles here) of the ballad Kisamgani
. Bassist James Genus and drummer Ben Perovsky manage to follow Dave as he snakes through the tricky rhythms of Coaster
and The Ghost
. While I appreciate the craft, I must confess that I was less than fully engaged by the idiom. 3-4 stars.