Dave Douglas: Unison
Dave Douglas (trumpet)
The Infinite (RCA Bluebird 63918)
Composed by Björk.
Recorded: New York, December 16-18, 2001
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
The trumpeter Dave Douglas’s take on “Unison” is no match for Bjork’s sublime and bouncy original recording. Absent from his interpretation are the glitchy beats, and the string, harp and electronica parts that made the composer’s version so unique and other-wordly. That said, Douglas’s stab at the tune is a fine effort in and of itself, earthy and organic where Bjork’s music is highly programmed and produced. The leader’s muted trumpet solo darts in and out of all the right places, with ample support from Chris Potter’s subtle bass clarinet work, and James Genus’s deep and sparse bass playing.
Reviewer: Brad Farberman