August 04, 1998
Winter & Winter
Jazz, Klezmer, Avant-Garde Jazz, Trumpet Jazz, Modern Creative, Jewish Music, Chamber Jazz, South/Eastern European Traditions, Post-Bop, Jazz Instrument

Album Review

Trumpeter Dave Douglas has participated in so many styles of music that listing them all would be mesmerizing. Some of his best work has been performed in free style and hard bop jazz groups. Here, he charts a different path, albeit one that he has pursued successfully before, in a mellow, lovely vein. Douglas is the only horn, backed by Guy Klucevsek's eclectic accordion, Mark Feldman's gloriously sweet violin, and Greg Cohen's acoustic string bass. With some exceptions, the dynamics are generally low, the tempos slow, and the mood serene. There is almost a post-minimalism to it all, capped by the exquisite sound of Douglas' trumpet. Often, the tunes (mostly written by Douglas) have an Eastern European flair, at times hinting at Klezmer or Jewish wedding music. The group's exacting technical skills eclipse limitations and transcend the immediate moment with gorgeous sound and forward-looking harmonies.
Steve Loewy, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Charms of the Night Sky
  2. Bal Masque
  3. Sea Change
  4. Facing West
  5. Dance in Thy Soul
  6. Little One
  7. Wild Coffee
  8. The Girl With the Rose Hips
  9. Decafinata
  10. Poveri Fiori
  11. Odyssey
  12. Twisted
  13. Codetta
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