Dave Douglas: Vanitatus Vanitatum

Track

Vanitatus Vanitatum

Group

Dave Douglas' Tiny Bell Trio

CD

Constellations (Hatology 542)

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Musicians:

Dave Douglas (trumpet),

Brad Shepik (guitar), Jim Black (drums)

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Composed by Robert Schumann

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Recorded: Zurich, Switzerland, February 27-28, 1995

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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

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