Dave Douglas: Poses




Dave Douglas (trumpet)


The Infinite (RCA 63918)

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Dave Douglas (trumpet), Chris Potter (bass clarinet), Uri Caine (electric piano), James Genus (bass), Clarence Penn (drums).

Recorded: New York, December 16-18, 2001


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Jazz musicians have traditionally turned to pop music for vehicles for instrumental improvisation. Today’s progressives, however, are no longer looking to Gershwin or Porter, but to the music of groups such as the Beatles, Bjork and Radiohead, establishing new standards for a new generation. Dave Douglas’s sparse arrangement of Rufus Wainwright’s “Poses” stands out as one of the most moving performances of recent years. His trumpet nods to Wainwright’s pleasantly lazy vocal as he glides tenderly through the melody. Douglas establishes himself as the premier trumpet melodist of his time with an emotionally stirring performance that is rarely matched in its beauty.

Reviewer: Matt Leskovic


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