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Lovano, Joe & Dave Douglas Sound Prints: Other Worlds (Greenleaf Music)

Referencing Wayne Shorter ("Footprints") and the lyrically free playing of Shorter's 60s influences, this 3rd album led by tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas, with the powerful support of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron, was recorded following a week at New York's Village Vanguard in January 2020.
 

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Joe Lovano-tenor saxophone

Dave Douglas-trumpet

Lawrence Fields-piano

Linda May Han Oh-bass

Joey Baron-drums


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UPC: 186980000848

Label: Greenleaf Music
Catalog ID: CD-GRE-1084
Squidco Product Code: 30310

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Bunker Studios, in Brooklyn, New York, on January 31st, 2020, by Tyler McDiarmid and Geoff Countryman.

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"Other Worlds, the new studio album from saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas's Sound Prints quintet was recorded following a week at New York's Village Vanguard in January 2020. Their third full length release, this further nod to jazz visionary Wayne Shorter features boisterous and playful originals as well as a couple of beautiful ballads. The rhythm section features the powerful multi-generational lineup of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Joey Baron, who continue to provide a fluid and firm footing for the two horn players. The album artwork features a unique illustrated cover by cartoonist Dave Chisholm."-Greenleaf music



"Not footprints, but Sound Prints: this US quintet led by Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas follows a tradition established by Wayne Shorter's classic 60s albums. They celebrated Shorter's 80th birthday with their first album in 2013. Shorter tunes (some written specially for them) are in the band's repertoire, as well as originals, but this third album's ten fine tracks are all by Lovano and Douglas. It's no pastiche, but carries these musicians' distinctive mark- what Douglas calls their "Sound Prints self...Wayne inspires us to think about our place in the universe."

It takes off with Lovano's Other Worlds Suite: Space Exploration starts enigmatically as they explore the space around each other with tense phrases. Linda May Han Oh's lustrous bass tone leads them into up swing; the spikiness and thoroughly modern sensibility of Lovano's sound melds with his rich Ben Webster-y tone.

Douglas solos in brilliant bold colours enhanced by Lawrence Fields' playfully free piano and Joey Baron's delicately inventive drumming. The horns tussle together before the short Shooting Stars, as phrases break out in all directions. They settle down for The Flight, the third part of the trilogy, delayed till later in the album. It's an exhilaratingly bumpy ride, like a Monk tune played with the notes in a different order. The sax solo is emphatic and delicate in full flight. The trumpet is more playful, the huge arcs pleasantly at odds with the bass. The horns duel again, the piano gets funky and all land in one piece.

The bright major chords of Douglas' waltz Manitou have a spacious feel as the horn lines slide chromatically past each other; the bass solo is woody and sonorous. Douglas' Antiquity to Outer Space reflects his study of history 2500-3000 years ago. It starts with horns tentatively entwined; swing breaks in briefly among the free exploratory sections linked by ringing horn riffs. The piano's long Tristano-esque lines are sliced by cymbals; the trumpet's obbligato is melancholy over arco bass. Lovano seems to turn Baron's inventive sounds into melodic phrases.

The ghost of Shorter's tunes seem to flit through these pieces. Douglas' The Transcendentalists has shades of Infant Eyes, the harmon mute adding piquancy to the mellow feel. The tremolo piano sounds otherworldly as the solos follow the unexpected angles of the chords. Douglas' Pythagoras hints at Speak No Evil and Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, as the horns diverge from unison over its Afro-Latin pulse. Douglas is growly and exciting; Lovano skirts the harmony boppily with light feet. There's a particular pleasure in the way the horns and piano improvise round fragments of the theme.

A fine drum solo veers into a jazz-rock pulse in Lovano's Life on Earth, energy emanating from the supple bass. The trumpet solo is like decisive, clear speech; Lovano plays coruscating chromatic notes to melt your heart, then digs into the groove. His Sky Miles seems to travel a long way in a short time. Its skittish theme over impeccable swing dissolves freely as they create textures round each other's solos; Fields' piano solo is ecstatic. Midnight March has Baron's drums loosely marching behind the strong theme, the cymbals frothy over the powerful bass riffs. When the chords come in it's a surprise, as if the instruments are pulling in all directions- and having fun. Recorded just before lockdown, the album has the first-take freshness of well-gigged music with musicians who trust each other. This feels like essential music from a world- class band."-Alison Bentley, London Jazz News


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Artist Biographies

"Joseph Salvatore Lovano was born in Cleveland, Ohio on December 29, 1952 and grew up in a very musical household. His dad, Tony, aka Big T, was a barber by day and a big-toned tenor player at night. "Big T," along with his brothers Nick and Joe, other tenor players, and Carl, a bebop trumpeter, made sure Joe's exposure to Jazz and the saxophone were early and constant.

Joe's mom, Josephine, and her sister Rose were serious listeners, as well, His Mom remembers hearing Big T play opposite Stan Getz and Flip Phillips when they were engaged. And Aunt Rose went to hear Jazz at the Philharmonic with Ella Fitzgerald when they came through Cleveland.

Not surprisingly, Joe began playing the alto at five, switching to the tenor a few years later. By the time he got his driver's license at sixteen, Joe Lovano was a member of the Musician's Union, Local 4, and working professionally. He started playing club dates (sometimes subbing for his dad), and Motown cover bands, eventually saving enough money from these gigs to put himself through college."

-Joe Lovano Website (http://www.joelovano.com/biography/)
2/16/2024

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"Dave Douglas is a prolific trumpeter, composer, educator and entrepreneur from New York City known for the stylistic breadth of his work and for keeping a diverse set of ensembles and projects active simultaneously.

His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award, and two GRAMMY® nominations. While his career spans more than 40 recordings as a leader, his active projects include his Quintet; Sound Prints, a quintet co-led with saxophonist Joe Lovano; Riverside, a quartet co-led with Chet Doxas; a duo with pianist Uri Caine; and, debuting in 2015, High Risk, an electronic music-influenced quartet with Mark Guiliana, Jonathan Maron and Shigeto.

Since 2005, Douglas has operated his own record label, Greenleaf Music, releasing his own recordings as well as albums by other artists in the jazz idiom. Through his artist-friendly approach and innovative practices, he continues to prove himself a pioneer among artist-run labels.

Douglas has held several posts as an educator and continues to be very active as a director and programmer. He has been named the Artistic Director for the 2016 season of the Bergamo Jazz Festival, which occurs every year in March. Starting in 2012, Douglas was engaged for two years as International Jazz Artist in Residence at the Royal Academy of Music in London and launched his own Jazz Workshop, dedicated to enriching the musical experiences of younger players. From 2002 to 2012, he served as artistic director of the Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music at The Banff Centre in Canada. He is a co-founder and director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music, which was founded in 2002 to support new music by a diverse community of trumpet and brass players. He also co-hosts, with Michael Bates, a podcast called Noise From the Deep which was named the top jazz podcast by the JazzTimes critics poll in 2014."

-Dave Douglas Website (http://www.davedouglas.com/about-dave)
2/16/2024

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"Lawrence Fields, born and bred in St. Louis, has earned a spot at the forefront of young jazz pianists, thanks to his blending of vintage ideals with a contemporary mindset. Veteran saxophone icon Joe Lovano - with his unerring ear for youthful talent - has become one of the pianist's biggest fans. Fields is a member of several bands led or co-led by Lovano: his Classic Quartet (originally featuring Lewis Nash and George Mraz in the rhythm section); the Sax Supreme Quartet (with Chris Potter); and his Sound Prints quintet with trumpeter Dave Douglas. The Wall Street Journal praised Fields' "elegant, probing" solos with Sound Prints, while The New York Times noted that he is "integral to the band's plunging, changeable style." A modern-minded bandleader from the younger generation also relies on Fields, as he mans the piano and keyboards for the Christian Scott Group. Referencing his role on acoustic and electric pianos in the trumpeter's band, NextBop said: "Fields remains a constant lyrical presence on the keys - innovative, expressive, supportive, able to soar like a bird in his solos. He never fails to impress."

On record, Fields has excelled for Scott on several albums, including the Centennial Trio (Ropeadope, 2017), Stretch Music (Ropeadope, 2015) and Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah (Concord, 2012). With Lovano and Douglas, the pianist features on Sound Prints: Live at Monterey Jazz Festival (Blue Note, 2015) as well as the upcoming Scandal (2018, Greanleaf). He also appears on the album Marsalis Music Honors Alvin Batiste with Branford Marsalis (2007), as well as on drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's More to Say (a 2009 disc for which he served not only pianist but also as composer-producer). Fields also appears on releases by drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and saxophonists Jaleel Shaw and Steve Slagle. The pianist has been a member of the Watts band, as well as that of trumpeter Nicholas Payton. In addition to performing onstage with the likes of Payton, Watts, Marsalis and Carrington, Fields has appeared with star bassist Christian McBride, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis and bassist Robert Hurst, among others."

-Lawrence Fields Website (https://www.lawrencefields.com/)
2/16/2024

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"Born in Malaysia, raised in, Perth, Western Australia, Linda began playing piano, bassoon and at fifteen dabbled on electric bass playing jazz in high school bands while playing a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Linda studied at the W.A Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she graduated with first-class honors.

She was a James Morrison Scholarship Finalist in 2003 and in 2004 was an IAJE Sister in Jazz and received the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer's award in 2008. She also received an honorary mention at the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition and received the 2010 Bell Award for Young Australian Artist of the Year. In 2010 she was nominated for the Jazz Journalist's Awards for Up and Coming Artist of the Year, and received the award of No. 1 Acoustic Bass Rising Star in the Downbeat Critic's Poll. This same year she received 2nd place at the BASS2010 Competition in Berlin.

Linda completed her Masters at the Manhattan School of Music in 2008 studying with Jay Anderson, John Riley, Phil Markowitz, Dave Liebman and Rodney Jones. She now teaches the precollege division there and is involved in jazz videoconference master-classes for high-schools around the US. As an active teacher she was also involved in creating a series of lessons for the up and coming BassGuru app for iPad and iPhone.

Linda has performed with the musicians such as Joe Lovano, Steve Wilson, Vijay Iyer, Dave Douglas, Kenny Barron, Geri Allen, Fabian Almazan, and Terri Lyne Carrington. She is currently the bassist with guitarist, Pat Metheny.

Linda is an active double bassist, electric bassist and composer, composing music for various ensembles and short films, also participating in the BMI Film Composers Workshop and Sundance Labs at Skywalker Ranch. Linda composed for Sabrina McCormick's short film "A Good Egg" which was featured in the New York Shorts Festival.

In 2009 her self-released debut trio album "Entry" with Obed Calvaire and Ambrose Akinmusire was listed in Artforum magazine as one of Vijay Iyer's top ten of 2009.

Her second album "Initial Here" released on Greenleaf Records in 2012 features a quartet with Dayna Stephens on tenor sax, Fabian Almazan on piano and Rudy Royston on drums with special guest Jen Shyu on vocals. This album was mentioned several times for album of the year in various jazz polls.

"Sun Pictures" is her third release - a quartet album recorded live at WKCR studios featuring Ben Wendel on tenor saxophone, James Muller on guitar and Ted Poor on drums.

Her latest release in 2017 "Walk Against Wind" on Biophilia Records, received critical acclaim and was featured on the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. This album features Ben Wendel on tenor sax, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Justin Brown on drums featuring special guests - Fabian Almazan on piano and keys as well as Minji Park on Korean percussion. She will be performing this music for the first time at the distinguished Village Vanguard in New York City.

Linda is currently working on her second trumpet trio album and an eight-piece group featuring a string quartet Aventurine- with music that was commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in 2012.

She was a recent recipient of the Jerome Foundation Fellowship and is now a member of Pat Metheny's most recent quartet project which has recently recorded. Stay tuned for the new release."

-Linda May Han Oh Website (https://lindamayhanoh.com/bio.php)
2/16/2024

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"Bernard Joseph Baron (born June 26, 1955 in Richmond, Virginia) is an American avant-garde jazz drummer who plays frequently with Bill Frisell and John Zorn.

Baron was born on June 26, 1955, in Richmond Virginia. When he was nine, he taught himself how to play the drums. As a teenager, he played in rock bands and dixieland jazz groups. After high school, he spent a year at the Berklee College of Music. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and embarked on a professional career, playing with Carmen McRae and Al Jarreau. He worked as a freelance drummer and session musician with Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and Hampton Hawes.

In 1982 he moved to New York City and joined guitarist Bill Frisell, with whom he would play often throughout his career. He also played in groups with Red Rodney, Fred Hersch, Enrico Pieranunzi, and Marc Johnson. Starting in the late 1980s, he became a bigger part of the avant-garde jazz scene when he played regularly at the Knitting Factory, recorded with singer Laurie Anderson, and began a long association with John Zorn. For several years he participated in Zorn's projects Naked City and Masada.

Baron contributed to David Bowie's Outside (1995). Bowie would later praise Baron, stating: "Metronomes shake in fear, he's so steady." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Baron)
2/16/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Space Exploration 10:00

2. Shooting Stars 1:05

3. Life On Earth 7:34

4. Manitou 5:59

5. Antiquity To Outer Space 7:45

6. The Flight 8:32

7. The Transcendentalists 5:42

8. Sky Miles 7:32

9. Pythagoras 8:23

10. Midnight March 7:25

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Free Improvisation
NY Downtown & Metropolitan Jazz/Improv
Quintet Recordings
Melodic and Lyrical Jazz

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