Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

Album review
Dave Douglas Quintet: Brazen Heart

Dave Douglas Quintet

Brazen Heart

Label: Greenleaf
Media: CD
Genre: Jazz

Representing the comparatively conservative side of his many musical interests, trumpeter Dave Douglas delivers the third album by his quintet, which by this point is a unit employing confidence and restraint in their handling of complex material. Bearing a dedication to his late brother Damon, the album tends toward medium and up- tempo originals as a celebration of life (and in a couple of cases, sugary beverages), with the exceptions of the spirituals “Deep River” and “There Is a Balm in Gilead.” Douglas’ style here is restless and engaged in the moment in a way that reveals his time spent in less explicitly jazz-rooted free improvisation, favoring long lines with a soft attack and rarely lingering on a single note, while the writing and interplay provide a 1960s modern jazz backdrop and enough information to reward many listens. Jon Irabagon offers the other main voice on tenor, always melodic and at times fragile in a way that blends well into a group sound that is consistently more than the sum of its parts. The sound quality is high, providing a good example of how acoustic music can be recorded in a close-up manner without sacrificing the ambience of the room. 

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  • primary artist, Dave Douglas Quintet
  • CD

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