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DAVE DOUGLAS is a prolific trumpeter, composer and educator from New York City. His unique contributions to improvised music have garnered distinguished recognition some of which includes a Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Copland award and Grammy-nominations. Douglas has developed his work for several unique ensembles with whom he’s currently active including his quintet, electric sextet ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Douglas Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: e1
  • ASIN: B003TTZU0O
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,717 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Spark Of Being 3:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Creature 7:34Album Only
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Listen  4. Observer 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Chroma 7:42Album Only
Listen  6. Travelogue 7:56Album Only
Listen  7. Prologue 5:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

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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
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Theme music for Frankenstein film 10 Oct 2010
By Scott Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD

Dave Douglas' jazz / electronic music fusion band, Keystone, returns with another soundtrack project. This time the inspiration is Bill Morrison's reinterpretation of Frankenstein. The music is probably more similar in style to Keystone's first release, "Keystone" then their second release "Moonshine" as it is more a continuous theme/flow and a true soundtrack project. However, on this release the band pushes the electronica further than they ever have before. All sorts of bizarre sounds, gurgles, and electronica themes are central to the music. This band is the same as previous Keystone projects. You've got Douglas on trumpet, Marcus Strickland on tenor sax, Adam Benjamin on fender rhodes, Gene Lake on drums, DJ Olive on turntables, and Brad Jones on bass. The music comes in three forms. On Amazon it looks like just the "Expand" version is being sold. There are actually three "Spark" CDs. There is the "original soundtrack" used in the film, "Expand", which explores the songs in more depth in more of jazz context (aka longer solos), and "Burst" which is similar to "Expand" but features themes that were ultimately not used in the film. If you just want a taste of this music go ahead and buy the "Expand" CD here. If you are a die-hard fan of Dave's Keystone projects, you can buy a complete 3 CD box set from his website. If you are not familiar with Keystone, the music is very modern, but yet still a true jazz project. Integrated in with some great electronica sounds are some fantastic jazz themes on the horns and some terrific soloing. Keystone is Douglas' most progressive band.

Song Highlights:

Creature : This song features the most memorable theme of the project. It is both pretty and haunting. Douglas and Strickland take turns soloing on this song with each soloing one-upping the previous one. DJ Olive and Benjamin create a surreal background for this soloing with the chilling sounds they produce from the turntables and fender rhodes. The song also features a nice solo by Benjamin.

Chroma : The song is really the perfect synthesis of all the sounds in the band. Drummer Lake, lays down a thick almost tribal drumbeat. The themes in the song are a true fusion of the horns and the electronics of Olive and Benjamin. Strickland plays a real emotional solo that is just the perfect match to the soundscape behind him. It has a very noirish feel to it. At various points in the song, I don't know if it is Benjamin or Olive, but someone is dropping in this echoing almost tropical island sounds that are just killer.

Observer : This tune opens with a vocal loop and some haunting dark sounds. This is followed up by some heavy hits on the drums that slowly build until a very postmodern theme bursts out. This is just some great song writing and really sculpting eletronica sounds into true songs with dramatic themes.

A must have for Keystone fans.
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