released May 7, 2021
Joe Lovano, tenor saxophone
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Lawrence Fields, piano
Linda May Han Oh, bass
Joey Baron, drums
Produced by Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas
Executive Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded by Tyler McDiarmid and Geoff Countryman at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY on January 31, 2020.
Assisted by Todd Carder
Mixed and Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Musician photos by Geoff Countryman
Artwork by Dave Chisholm davechisholmmusic.com
Layout by Lukas Frei
Other Worlds Suite: 1. Space Exploration, 2. Shooting Stars, 3. The Flight composed by Joe Lovano
Joe Lovano compositions Lovo Music / BMI
Dave Douglas compositions Dave Douglas Music / BMI
FROM JOE: I’d like to give special thanks to Dave Douglas for his amazing music, imagination, creativity, and commitment to details. The Greenleaf Music staff for their passion and dedication. Lawrence, Linda, and Joey for their beautiful sounds and feelings. Judi Silvano for her love, music, art, and inspiration. Wayne Shorter for his embrace through the years.
FROM DAVE: Enthusiastically second all of Joe’s thank yous! And add my eternal gratitude to Joe Lovano for years of guidance, brilliant sonic vision, and leadership. Thanks to Tyler, The Bunker, and Dave Chisholm. Gratitude to Suzannah, Marietta, and my entire family.
Joe Lovano plays a Borgani Liquid Silver Tenor, Francois Louis Handmade Wooden Mouthpiece, Kim Bosh hand pounded Copper Redwood Neck, and Alexander NY Cut Reeds.
Linda May Han Oh plays D'Addario Strings.
"Sound Prints’ music may reference the classic free-collective innovations of Shorter, Ornette, and the mid-60s Miles quintet, but their audaciously sophisticated refinement of all that rich history makes them a truly contemporary jazz band."
- Jazzwise, Editor's Choice ★★★★
“On “Life on Earth,” a swiftly shuffling Douglas tune, the pianist Lawrence Fields plays less and less as the trumpeter’s solo develops, moving from a colorist’s role to that of a jagged percussion instrument. Lovano’s tenor saxophone solo brings a sluice of energy flooding back in, until Fields and the bassist Linda May Han Oh finish off the solo section with briefly suspenseful, dashing statements of their own.”
- Giovanni Russonello, New York Times
"Wayne Shorter continues to glimmer as the lodestar for Sound Prints, a superb combo that excels at trumpeting its honoree’s expansive artistry without losing its own identity. Other Worlds simultaneously applauds Shorter’s legacy and cultivates one of its own."
- Downbeat ★★★★1/2
"What began as an opportunity to pay tribute to Shorter has evolved into an ongoing pairing of two charismatic soloists in their prime with a highly engaged rhythm section."
- Downbeat Hotbox Review ★★★★
“Given its instrumentation and concept, the Soundprints assemblage begs comparison to Miles’s Great Quintet of the 1960s, the greatest small group in the history of jazz. Let’s just say that Lovano, Douglas and company stack up way better than most."
“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.”
- London Jazz News
“The musicianship involved here is outstanding, resulting in a work of great impact that deserves enthusiastic commendation.”
- Jazz Trail
“Sound Prints deliver 10 new tunes that firmly place the quintet of saxophonist Joe Lovano, trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummer Joey Baron, bassist Linda May Han Oh and pianist Lawrence Fields in a long tradition of improvising groups who flit in between being out there and swinging in the pocket as well.”
- Calgary Herald
“The music keeps moving forward with force, but there always seems to be air underneath—as if the music were able to glide until it needed another shot of propulsion.”
- Paste Magazine
“On the shape-shifting Sky Miles Lovano flutters over a floating rhythm, Douglas drifts and darts around Joey Baron’s restless drums and the bassist Linda May Han Oh is poignant and profound.”
- The Times UK ★★★★☆
“In the best way on Other Worlds, it's easy to lose yourself and get pulled into Sound Prints' interstellar sparring.”
- All Music
“This is a perfect illustration of the post-bop language evolving through sly creative usage.”
- NPR / All Things Considered
"Heady stuff, worthy of emersion."
- Stereophile ★★★★☆
- Jazz Journal ★★★★★
“Lovano’s burnished tenor and Douglas’ refined tone make a harmonious pair, revealing a forward-thinking approach that embraces all aspects of the jazz continuum.”
- Point of Departure
“Throughout, Lovano and Douglas are the kind of pair that you want in a jazz record: musicians who, despite their distinct and immediately recognizable syntaxes, find ways of attuning themselves to the same frequency whenever the music requires.”
- NYC Jazz Record
"The album bristles with authority."
- The Wire
"’Other Worlds’ is an album well worth exploring!”
- Step Tempest
"Some of Shorter’s spirit is here—the melodic hooks, complex harmonies, high-fly solos, hot and cool swing—but the music is more meditative, sometimes fragmentary, but still riveting ... this is one of the most exuberant bands out there."
- Slate, Best Jazz Albums of 2021, #1
“This is contemporary jazz at the highest level of creativity. The group has developed over the years and all members are at the top of their game. This is complex, sometimes convoluted and always experimental music that is a delight.”
- Keith Black, Winnipeg Free Press ★★★★1/2
"These are five excellent musicians creating music which combines familiar elements and exploratory freedom. This release shows that Sound Prints has become a very formidable unit."
- Jerome Wilson, All About Jazz ★★★★☆
"But in the end, what amazes the most is this way of being together, of being one with the music in a riot of energy and shared happiness."
- Julien Aunos, Citizan Jazz
"Overall the quintet shows integrity in emphasizing earthbound calm matched with clarion playing. "
- Ken Waxman, Jazz Word