Album Review

Douglas, Dave/Tiny Bell Trio – “Constellations ” – [Hat Art Records]

Thurston Hunger   10/1/2005   CD, Jazz

Trumpet, guitar and drums…Brad Shepik’s
guitar though works like bass & piano here
low fat notes root around and provide a
backbone, upper chords fill and float in
spaces…spaces that Douglas then owns…
arcing, fluttering, sustaining…a little
edgier than the other Tiny Bell Trio CD
KFJC has…perhaps cuz this was rec’d on
tour. Drummer Jim Black adds subtle/cymbal
strength. StormAndStress and Ellery Eskelin
know Black’s art, so should you. More sting,
than swing. The middle-eastern flair of
Shepik (check Pachora, and Darriau/Paradox
Trio!!!) and Douglas’ soulfulness take this
to supernova.

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