Dave Douglas - Episode 1On this podcast I will examine a number of recordings from his first 2 albums that featured violin, cello, bass, and drums. This unique group really stretches the boundaries of what is considered to be jazz.
|Loco Madi||Dave Douglas||Parallel Worlds||1993|
|Parallel Worlds||Dave Douglas||Parallel Worlds||1993|
|Ballad in Which MacHeath Asks Everyone to Forgive HIm||Dave Douglas||Parallel Worlds||1993|
|Who Knows||Dave Douglas||Five||1995|
Dave Douglas - Episode 2Dave Douglas has been interested in the music of Eastern Europe, including music of the Balkan countries and klezmer music. Douglas, together with one of his long time collaborators, alto saxophonist John Zorn, has been able to combine this exotic sounding and highly rhythmic music with free jazz as played by the Ornette Coleman Quartet in the early 1960’s. The result is infectious. In the mid 1990’s Douglas formed another group that he named the Tiny Bell Trio that consisted of Douglas on trumpet, Brad Shepik on guitar and Jim black on drums. Their music was also influenced by the sound eastern European music. The unusual instrumentation made for very interesting textures and with a great deal of freedom. On Charms of the Night Sky he replaces the guitar and drums with violin, bass, and accordion. The haunting sound of this combination of musicians is unique in all of modern jazz.
|Tzofeh||Masada/John Zorn||Masada, Vol. 1: Alef||1994|
|Zelah||Masada/John Zorn||Masada, Vol. 1: Alef||1994|
|Red Emma||Dave Douglas||The Tiny Bell Trio||1993|
|Shards||Dave Douglas||The Tiny Bell Trio||1993|
|Sam Hill||Dave Douglas||Songs for Wandering Souls||1999|
|Ferrous||Dave Douglas||Songs for Wandering Soulds||1999|
|Charms of the Night Sky||Dave Douglas||Charms of the Night Sky||1998|
|Facing West||Dave Douglas||Charms of the Night Sky||1998|
Dave Douglas - Episode 3The recordings on this podcast use more traditional instrumentation and sound more like post-hard bop. The instrumentation is generally a standard quartet or quintet, but the music remains fresh and innovative---just what you would expect from Dave Douglas. He carefully chooses sidemen who bring their own stamp of individuality to the performances.
|Leap of Faith||Dave Douglas||Leap of Faith||1998|
|Euro Disney||Dave Douglas||Leap of Faith||1998|
|Everyman||Dave Douglas||Magic Triangle||1997|
|Coaster||Dave Douglas||Magic Triangle||1997|
|Roses Blue||Dave Douglas||Moving Portrait||1998|
|Blue Heaven||Dave Douglas||Soul on Soul||1996|
|Elks Club||Dave Douglas||Meaning and Mystery||2006|
|Rock of Billy||Dave Douglas||Strange Liberation||2004|