The perfect puzzle. The leaders are free to concentrate on their individual statements as well as on perfectly complementing each other. The rhythm group carries them to where they want to move in jazz heaven with verve and spirit. And yes, I enjoy following them.
Favorite track: Dream State (Douglas).
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We’ve got a brand new Joe Lovano piece entitled “Newark Flash.” Inspired by Wayne Shorter, it was Wayne’s childhood nickname. “That-A- Way Piscataway” is a new Dave Douglas composition inspired by inspired by the Wayne Shorter composition from 1959, "Callaway Went That-A-Way." The third bonus track, “Mission Creep,” is a further exploration of the Douglas composition that appears on the original album.
released April 6, 2018
Joe Lovano, tenor and G mezzo soprano saxophones
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 at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY on September 4, 2017.
Assisted by Todd Carder
Mixed and Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Cover photo by Austin Nelson
Design by Lukas Frei
Dave Douglas compositions Dave Douglas Music / BMI
Joe Lovano compositions Lovo Music / BMI
Wayne Shorter compositions Miyako Music / BMI
Joe thanks Dave Douglas for his amazing music, passion and attention to details, and Judi Silvano for her love, music and great ears. Dave thanks Joe Lovano for his consistent inspiration, his spiritual depth and his commitment to excellence. Dave also thanks Suzannah Kincannon for her love, support, wisdom and kindness.
Special thanks also to Lawrence, May Han & Joey for their always inspiring creative interplay and joyous contributions to the music! Mark Micklethwaite & Greenleaf Music, Scott Southard, Tom Korkidis, Rob Hughes and the entire IMN family for their consistent work and dedication. And thanks to the listeners around the world who have helped guide our perception and understanding of this project.
Thank You to Wayne Shorter for leading us fearlessly through so many scandalous and tempestuous times.
Co-leading the quintet Sound Prints is one of the most joyous, creative experiences in our musical explorations today. The music on this recording ‘Scandal,’ our second release as a band and our first studio session, just poured out of us as one. We dare to improvise and create music within the music in the moment, as a unit. In this age of scandal, we rejoice in the freedom to seek the truth in collective inquiry — beyond the page and beyond standard forms. On each listening you will feel and discover more and more of the beauty and magic we encounter as we play and create each piece. Enjoy!
- Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas
“Lovano’s cobalt-blue tone on tenor saxophone paired with Douglas’ crimson-tinged trumpet flares create startling timbres when they play in unison or intertwine improvisational lines.”
Down Beat ★★★★
“[Lovano and Douglas] combine brilliantly to adjusting texture and tone as the composition demands and swooping from smooth modernism to expressionist shout with ease … The band delivers a strong sense of the collective.”
Financial Times ★★★★★
“This is jazz with a deep sense of history, but imaginatively and spontaneously reworked … this session catches them at their most collectively fluent.”
The Guardian ★★★★☆
“That loose, open-ended postbop sound is there, but apart from two classics, all the compositions are new. And what tunes they are — richly rewarding melodies that could have been minted for the Miles Davis quintet. Much of that band’s rigour and responsiveness is present here too.”
The Times UK ★★★★☆
“Free, open-ended investigations sit side by side with the more straight-ahead … exciting, often thrilling jazz.”
“This enjoyable set co-led by trumpeter Dave Douglas and saxophonist Joe Lovano hangs at the edges of a straight-ahead path, dishing out music that sounds both a little bit different and distinctly familiar.”
“Lovano's … tenor broad and woolly as it sprawls across the grooves, while Douglas is the perfect foil with his slicing incisiveness of sound and ideas. The material, in addition to originals by the leaders, includes two of Wayne Shorter's incomparable pieces, and it is gratifying to see Shorter's work being revered in a way that Monk's and Mingus's was before him.”
Sydney Morning Herald ★★★½☆
Sound Prints is an innovative quintet co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas featuring pianist Lawrence
Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron. While the group takes their inspiration from the music of iconic saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, the quintet’s focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas....more
This quintet has acquired legendary status as a working unit...all the musicians are exemplary at their craft and DD is one of my 'Big5'...he is an exquisite composer of both depth and breadth of vision...you can instantly recognise Dave's DNA in a tune...what's more, you feel there is also so much more to come!;his powers of expression are so special.
These compositions are from the heart and I can only suggest that you take them to yours...
Yes,yes,yes! I've been waiting for Dave to do this again...two brilliant runs by DDQ and Keystone were documented on Greenleaf back in the day; they were groundbreaking...recorded and released within 24 hours for each set...they were stellar performances and I play them again and again.
With absolutely no chance of ever being there, this is the closest i'll ever be to 'being there'...so excited I may need to lay down in a darkened room for a while! John Cratchley
Chicago sax luminary Greg Ward develops the dual-guitar frontline of his backing Rogue Parade quintet as an avatar for singular strength on this zesty collection of jazz-rock fusion songs. Bandcamp Album of the Day Jan 10, 2019
This is a beautiful, lyrical session. The interplay between Dave Douglas's trumpet and Frank Woeste's keyboards creates some surprisingly lush textures and the rhythm section of Matt Brewer and Clarence Penn lift it to another level. A real find. chorna