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Twenty-first century America boasts a rich variety of brass bands: there’s the funky swagger of New Orleans outfits like Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band; the ecstatic trombone-heavy shout groups of the Eastern seaboard; and the exciting sounds of the Chicago-rooted Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Now you can add trumpeter David Douglas & Brass Ecstasy — an excellent group which includes Douglas, trombonist Luis Bonilla, French horn player Vincent Chancey, tuba player Marcus Rojas, and drummer Nasheet Waits — to the list. Spirit Moves, which> draws inspiration from the legendary trumpeter Lester Bowie’s Brass Fantasy, includes eight originals, and covers of songs by Otis Redding, Hank Williams, and Rufus Wainwright. Three Douglas compositions are tributes to Bowie, Enrico Rava, and Fats Navarro. “Bowie” is a joyous pastiche with a swinging middle section, the well-arranged “Rava” displays a melodic lyricism that evokes the work of the Italian trumpeter, and the complex, mid-tempo “Fats” nicely honors the late, great bebop artist. The album closes with a lush, bluesy version of Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”


Born: March 24, 1963 in Montclair, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dave Douglas arguably became the most original trumpeter/composer of his generation. Douglas' stylistic range is broad yet unaffected; his music is not a pastiche, but rather a personal aesthetic that reflects a wide variety of interests. He explicitly cites such diverse influences as Igor Stravinsky, Stevie Wonder, and John Coltrane. As a composer, Douglas adapts and synthesizes unusual forms and creates his own out of disparate elements. As a trumpeter, he possesses a comprehensive jazz technique;...
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Spirit Moves, Dave Douglas
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jun 16, 2009

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