Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints - Live At Monterey Jazz Festival (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Artist: Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints
Title: Live At Monterey Jazz Festival
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop, Modern Creative
Label: © Blue Note Records
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 48kHz/24bit
Recorded live at Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013. Mixed at Sear Sound, New York, NY on December 18, 2013. Mastered at Battery Studios, New York, NY.
Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas have announced an April 7 release date for Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, the debut recording from their co-led quintet Sound Prints featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh and drummer Joey Baron. The album features the debut of two new compositions written for the band by the band's primary inspiration: Wayne Shorter. Sound Prints will be performing at Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York City on May 15 & 16 in The Appel Room as part of their Wayne Shorter Festival. Further tour dates will be announced shortly.
For almost twenty years, Lovano and Douglas have been prime moving forces in the jazz scene, their paths crossing often on stage and occasionally on record. Douglas appears on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note album Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two and they overlapped as members of the SFJAZZ Collective for three seasons during which the band performed the repertoire of Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, and their mutual touchstone: saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter.
Sound Prints takes their inspiration from the music of Shorter - the band’s name is a nod to his classic “Footprints” - however the quintet's focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas, as well as new Shorter compositions in direct collaboration with the composer himself. The band is fueled by a desire to push the boundaries of their music as far as they can stretch, similar to the expansive role Shorter has played in jazz since his debut with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1959.
In the album's liner notes Shorter exclaims: "Onward! Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron! It's not often when a combination of musicians such as the aforementioned elect to immerse themselves in an explorative adventure without hesitation or reservation. May they continue forging ahead on the trail less trodden. Onward!"
“The defining trait of Sound Prints,” wrote Nate Chinen in The New York Times in a 2012 review of their engagement at the Village Vanguard, “is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play."
In the summer of 2011 Sound Prints opened for Shorter’s Quartet on a European tour. They weren’t performing any of his tunes yet but time spent with the legend and his band made a big impact on the group. When Sound Prints appeared on the bill with Shorter at New York’s Town Hall in June 2013 he presented them with the new scores of “Destination Unknown” and "To Sail Beyond The Sunset,” two pieces commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. “The music came handwritten – very detailed, very precise,” says Douglas.
Sound Prints’ debut album was recorded live at the Monterey Jazz Festival on September 21, 2013. Lovano and Douglas contributed two songs apiece to the set and the Shorter compositions were given their public debut that day. “The recordings are the very first performances of the newly commissioned tunes,” said Douglas. “We all were at a heightened state of paying attention. Shorter took a lot of risks exploring elements of change. It was such a high to play it for him." "The music moves from today into tomorrow,” adds Lovano. “Wayne told us the melody was just a suggestion - tell your own story with it.”
Named after Wayne Shorter's classic composition "Footprints," the Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas quintet Sound Prints is a collaborative ensemble born out of the duo's involvement in the 2008 SFJAZZ Collective's tribute concert to legendary jazz saxophonist Shorter. Inspired to continue the creative spark they ignited at that event, saxophonist Lovano and trumpeter Douglas conceived of a group that would play original compositions, as well as new material from Shorter. The group's 2015 concert album, Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, showcases their debut appearance at the famed jazz event. Joining Lovano and Douglas here are pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda Oh, and drummer Joey Baron. That each of these musicians could easily lead their own band only adds to Sound Prints' depth as an ensemble. However, rather than coming off as a jazz supergroup, Sound Prints feel like an organic unit of like-minded individuals working toward creating something new. Along with the palpable Shorter influence, they also recall the ruminative experimentalism of the late trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and his 5tet from the early '90s. To these ends, cuts like the fractured title track and the rambunctious, stream of conscious "Weatherman," combine the free bop of Ornette Coleman's '60s quartet with the expressive earthiness of Douglas' own work with his Tiny Bell Trio. Similarly, the evocative, bluesy "Spirits" brings to mind late-'60s Miles Davis, while the Latin-esque "Power Ranger" recalls latter-day John Coltrane. Elsewhere, Douglas and Lovano deliver two previously unheard Shorter pieces with the sultry, introspective "To Sail Beyond the Sunset" and the languid "Destination Unknown." Ultimately, Sound Prints walk the line between muscular, tangible post-bop and free-flowing, avant-garde playing; a tantalizing dance that never fails to leave an impression. --AllMusic Review by Matt Collar
1. Sound Prints 04:38
2. Sprints 13:59
3. Destination Unknown 08:32
4. To Sail Beyond The Sunset 10:25
5. Weatherman 01:34
6. Power Ranger 12:45
Joe Lovano, saxophone
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Lawrence Fields, piano
Linda Oh, upright bass
Joey Baron, drums
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