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Douglas, Dave & Brass Ecstacy – “Spirit Moves” – [Greenleaf Music]

David Richoux   7/3/2009   CD, Jazz

Dave Douglas has put together an all-star group that picks up the torch from the late Lester Bowie (and his Brass Fantasy) – with a slightly smaller ensemble. He and his very skilled musicians have mixed original compositions and 3 arrangements of jazz, funk and even a C&W song into a very moving, complex, beautiful, adventurous, sometimes humorous performance. Totally enjoyable and very ???live??? as they move through a wide range of musical styles – from pre-jazz to post-funk!

Marcus Rojas on tuba, has played in dozens of modern jazz groups (Plunge, Spanish Fly, Kamakazi Ground Crew are just a few.) Vincent Chancey on French Horn also played with Lester Bowie and Sun Ra, and leads his own group. Luis Bonilla on Trombone has long experience in Latin Jazz, leading several bands to Grammy winning recordings and Nasheet Waits (son of Fredide Waits, mentored by Max Roach) has drummed with a wide range of other musicians, starting with M???BOOM. Dave Douglas on trumpet also has a long list of credits as performer and arranger (and now publisher.) – Dave RIchoux

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