Dave Douglas: Vanitatus Vanitatum
Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations (Hatology 542)
Dave Douglas (trumpet),
Brad Shepik (guitar), Jim Black (drums).
Composed by Robert Schumann.
Recorded: Zurich, Switzerland, February 27-28, 1995
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
The original Robert Schumann piano/cello piece is actually titled "Vanitas Vanitatum," but who will sue Dave Douglas for misspelling? His Latin may be questionable, but at least he didn't forget the composer's direction: "with humor"! Indeed, from the trumpet's bended notes to Black's perky miscellaneous percussion and Shepik's broad panel of sounds on the guitar, this version of a classical tune is highly playful. Nineteenth-century romantics tried to revive classical music with local folklore. The Tiny Bell Trio uses Schumann to bring some country dance feeling into their modern jazz routine. Full circle!
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum