213

Derek Douget: Perpetual Motion

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Derek Douget: Perpetual Motion Saxophonist Derek Douget's roots run deep in Louisiana: a native of the city of Gonzales, a degree in Jazz Studies at The University of New Orleans, the musical diretor of The Ellis Marsalis Quintet, performing stints with Nicolas Payton, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis and Roland Guerin.

Perpetual Motion is Douget's first outing as a leader, and the Marsalis influence is evident right from the start, on the opener, "G.O.A.", a post-bop cooker—think early Wynton, compostionally—that features some glowing trumpet work by Nicolas Payton. Douget's alto blowing has an assured feel to it, a bit rough hewn in sound, fiery, a nice juxtaposition to Payton's in-total-control trumpet work that does, indeed, as they say, invite comparisons to Pops.

Seven of the disc's nine tunes are Douget originals, with Tad Dameron's "Hot House" thrown in, cooking; and then there's a guest slot for the sax man's old teacher and current quintet mate, Ellis Marsalis, who sits in on piano on his song, "Friendships", for a duet with his old pupil.

The ten minute plus "Madness" might be the disc's highlight—dark in tone, with angular piano work by Jonathon Lefcoski, and inventive soprano blowing by Douget. A song that churns in like rumbling black storm clouds off the Gulf—and if anyone hasn't noticed, Jason Marsalis has developed into a helluva drummer.

A fine Marsalis-influenced debut by Derek Douget.

www.derekdouget.com


Track Listing: G.O.A., Sir Remy, Scrambler, Friendships, Hot House, Madness, Finally, Session Blues, CODA

Personnel: Derek Douget, alto and soprano saxes; Nicholas Payton, trumpet and flugelhorn; Roland Guerin, bass; Adonis Rose, drums; Jonathon Lefcoski, piano; Ellis Marsalis, piano; Jason Marsalis, drums

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: Lookout Jazz | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "AMa AZa LaNdO" CD/LP/Track Review AMa AZa LaNdO
by Geno Thackara
Published: August 23, 2016
Read "Proximity" CD/LP/Track Review Proximity
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 30, 2016
Read "Beloved" CD/LP/Track Review Beloved
by Mark Corroto
Published: June 14, 2016
Read "Shoebox View" CD/LP/Track Review Shoebox View
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 4, 2016
Read "Secular Hymns" CD/LP/Track Review Secular Hymns
by John Eyles
Published: September 10, 2016
Read "Enter the Plus Tet" CD/LP/Track Review Enter the Plus Tet
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 8, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!