Thursday, June 15, 2006
Dave Douglas- Catalyst
Catalyst transformed into mere words.
I'm not convinced that Dave Douglas is the most interesting performer in progressive jazz. The trumpeter is widely hailed as a brilliant emancipator of new music. I won't go that far, but it's obvious that he has the good sense- and the resources- to surround himself with incredible talent. On "Catalyst," the last number on 2003's Strange Liberation, Douglas quickly gets out of the way and lets Bill Frisell make some wicked guitar noise. He allows Chris Potter to skronk through his sax solo. Bassist James Genus asserts himself as if he's the date's leader four seconds in, and drummer Clarence Penn is relentless. Uri Caine's throwback keyboards fill out the racket.