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Spark Of Being: Expand

24 Aug 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 24 Aug 2010
  • Label: Greenleaf Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Greenleaf Music
  • Total Length: 42:34
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  • ASIN: B003Z9ZLJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,588 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian Thumwood on 6 Nov 2010
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Dave Douglas' recordings are so consistantly good that they effectively need a ranking system all of their own. This record features his "Keystone" group which is almost identical in it's line-up to his celebrated quintet but , in this instance, the band's sound is fleshed out with DJ Olive's turntables and laptop that performs a role with the electronic noises that underpins the rhythm one moment and fleshes out the harmony in another. Usually I am extremely sceptical of the role of DJ's in jazz but here the input is in a musical fashion. For proof of this listen to the track "Observer" which starts by sampling a voice before the "noise" evolves into a erie theme not too dissimilar to Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-oo."

As ever, the quality of writing is exceptional and the way this band differs from the Quintet is how much more they rely on arrangements. The charts include a large element of ensemble playing of the expansive themes. Most of the music has a brooding and sinister quality but "Tree ring circus" allows Gene Lake to thrash about his drumkit. There are moments on a track like "Travelogue" where there is almost a hip-hop feel to the groove albeit this eventually mutates into free jamming contemporary jazz. Sometimes the music has the feel of what Miles Davis might have produced in the 80's had he not opted for the easy option of radio-friendly funk. Contrary to the older player, Douglas has the vision to weld contemporay ideas seamlessly into an undiluted jazz approach. Dave Douglas is the principle soloist and the tenor of Marcus Strickland is very impressive. The other principle soloist is Adam Benjamin who perhaps isn't given quite the freedom of Uri Caine on the Fender Rhodes but combines to great effect with DJ Olive in the ensembles.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tidjon on 5 Jan 2011
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Very good, though I prefer other works of him!
Very conceptual, so if you're looking for some easy listening album, you should consider other options....
Enjoy your music
Cheers
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