Dave Douglas & Keystone: Moonshine
Dave Douglas & Keystone
Adam Benjamin (Fender Rhodes), Brad Jones (Ampeg baby bass), Gene Lake (drums), DJ Olive (turntables, laptop).
Composed by Dave Douglas.
Recorded: live at Bray Jazz Festival, Ireland, May 4, 2007
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
A driving über-funky drumbeat, a rumbling Rhodes and booming, amped-up upright bass introduce "Moonshine" with a bedrock of unshakeable groove. While the rhythm section is funk minded, Douglas's and Strickland's thematic lines suggest bop. Ever adept at making disparate styles coalesce, Douglas gets the two currents to click together. Soon, Benjamin is diving into a solo threatening dissonance but never quite crossing the line, and Strickland's soul-drenched sax solo also avoids hackneyed phrases. Douglas himself delivers the best lines, with crystalline notes, technical flawlessness, and a keen sense of lyricism all at once.
Dave Douglas has mastered the art of electro-acoustic jazz better than most by using technology to amplify sound jazz ideas, not overwhelm them. "Moonshine" is one of those songs where his vision is more palpable and accessible.
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron
Tags: 2000s jazz