|On his tour in Europe this summer, Dave Douglas will present music from his 2 latest albums, „Be Still“ and „Time Travel“
„ BE STILL“ released on Greenleaf Music August 2012
The first Dave Douglas album to include vocals and first for his new Quintet?featuring Jon Irabagon, Matt Mitchell, Linda Oh, Rudy Royston?and special guest singer Aoife O'Donovan
Be Still initially came about from a collection of hymn songs suggested by my mother, Emily Douglas. She passed away last year after a long battle with cancer. She wanted a joyous celebration of life, and playing these arrangements with Aoife and the band has been powerfully uplifting and life-affirming. Far from funereal (!), playing these tunes has become a true celebration for us, and the kind of party that Emily would have wanted.
I never imagined I would be playing this music, and yet the songs have come to life for me in a rich and powerfully personal way. Along with the hymns, I've written some new pieces for the band, and arranged a few more folk songs. Adding harmonies and improvisations brings a new context for these songs, and the musicians in this project are bringing so much of themselves to the music. This is a new area for me after many years in music and I look forward to sharing it w. you.
"Be Still „ is a triumph, a beauty, a revelation. It’s as a good a jazz record as 2012 is likely to produce—and maybe it’s not quite a jazz record at all." - Will Layman/Popmatters
"Time Travel" by the Dave Douglas Quintet is the all-instrumental follow-up to the critically-acclaimed "Be Still". Even with the identical personnel (sans Aoife O'Donovan) "Time Travel" is its own statement. "I was really interested in what David Toomey wrote in his book The New Time Travelers," Douglas says. "How the concept of time travel has been around a long time, and how it is evident in the way we think and the way we create: backwards, forwards, all directions at once, beyond the speed of light, rearranging our understanding of cause and effect."
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Jon Irabagon, Saxophone
Matt Mitchell, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums