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  • Audio CD (21 July 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Greenleaf Music
  • ASIN: B0026MEM0O
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,025 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. This Love Affair
  2. Orujo
  3. The View from Blue Mountain
  4. Twilight of the Dogs
  5. Bowie
  6. Rava
  7. Fats
  8. The Brass Ring
  9. Mister Pitiful
  10. Great Awakening
  11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

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Agree with previous reviewer.

This small brass ensemble with sympathetic drums plays one of those albums you can listen to in various moods, or even hear in the background to work. Multi-functional, multi-hued and heart-warming.

Dave is at his most lyrical here. Amidst a mini-nonet (if you see what I mean), he recalls the charms of a night sky as well as the invention of a tiny bell ringing for sanity ...

Jazz - or whatever we call it - shares with traditonal (and some "folk") music a likeable trait for acknowledging its heroes present and past both in its playing and the titles it gives to its pieces. This generosity of thanks is in evidence here too - good to see the living lambent legend Enrico Rava commemorated along with Fats Navarro and Lester Bowie .... and possibly others, more countersunk in other titles as is Dave Douglas' sly magnanimous wont.
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Can nowadays jazz be creative, innovative and yet melodic and truly enjoyable? This CD from Dave Douglas answers YES to that question. Beautiful compositions where innovation and originality are not detrimental to music and entertainment. Wonderful playing with Dave on a very relaxed and fluid mood. Intriguing rhythms propelled by the amazing interplay between drums and tuba. Recorded sound is high level too. Recommend!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brass Bliss 28 Aug. 2009
By Scott Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Overview:

Dave Douglas has reinvented himself again. This time Dave has put together a killer brass brand, "Brass Ecstasy". The band is made up of Douglas on trumpet, Vincent Chancey on french horn, Luis Bonilla on trombone, Marcus Rojas on tuba, and Nasheet Waits on drums. In an article in Downbeat Douglas cited the inclusion of the French Horn as the piece that really lead to the sound gelling. Personally I think the inclusion of a tuba instead of the traditional bass is the most fantastic part of this music. Also, Dave could have been a stickler for "brass only" and not included a drummer, but this music wouldn't have been the same. I'm glad he made one exception to the brass band to include Nasheet Waits on drums, who just kills throughout this one.

Dave cites famous trumpeter, Lester Bowie as a key influence on this album. You can tell from the liner notes that Dave has a real passion for this project and it means a great deal to him to pay homage to the brass instruments, and to some legendary trumpeters. This passion shows in his playing, song writing, and even in the title. After hearing this album I think you will agree that this is a very spiritual thing for Dave. In addition to the brass band motif, this album more so than any other Douglas album has a real "New Orleans Jazz" feel to it.

This is great music across the board: it's got soul, it's catchy, it's danceable, it's got great harmony, and there are wonderfully crafted songs. When I first heard about this project, I thought Oh no. I was so into Dave's recent bands I was sad to hear that Dave was moving in a different direction on this one. However, after listening to it, I'm glad Dave, took on this project.

Song Highlights:

This Love Affair - This sounds like a New Orleans funeral Dirge. This song is just drenched in mood and feeling.

Orujo - It's Insanely catchy. There are all sorts of interwoven parts. It makes me want to get up and dance around room.

Mr. Pitiful - A cross between Archie Shepp boogaloo and "when the saints go marching in". Once again, totally catchy.

This is probably the album of the year. This is arguably Dave's best album ever, which is saying a great deal. I regret that I waited 3 months to buy this album.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, Dave Douglas slaps me to my senses. 1 Aug. 2009
By greg taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have long ignored Dave Douglas. Not that I didn't acknowledge that he was a great trumpet player. It is just that there are several others as good who never get one tenth the love that DD gets. I am talking Paul Smoker, Herb Robertson, Pino Minafra just off the top of my head. Guys who are just as good as players, composers and band leaders.
Of course, none of this is DD's fault. It is nothing more than my junk which I have known for a long time. So when I saw this line-up playing tunes with titles like, "Bowie" and "Fats", I decided to grow up a bit. Good thing 'cause this is killer music.
You can see from the other reviews that this is not typical downtown DD. This is more like AACM DD.
Let's look at that lineup:
Dave Douglas, trumpet and compositions
Luis Bonila, trombone
Vincent Chaney, french horn
Marcus Rojas, tuba
Nasheet Waits, drums.
Think about that a second- no piano, no saxophone, no bass player. Just brass and drums. Ancient instruments meet future music.
Now lets talk about that future music part. There is a lot of group improv on this disc. Group improv as in the music of New Orleans as well as group improv a la the AACM. It is all part of the continuum which this music exemplifies. DD in his liner notes talks about hearing Bowie's The Great Pretender in high school and realizing that it showed him how all musics fit together.
On this CD (and bonus DVD which includes performances of seven of the tunes), DD is doing his own version of that same project.
The cool thing about this disc is that some of those disparate musics remain so recognizable even in the mix. I thought that "Fats" was going to be about Fats Waller. It took me about 20 seconds of listening to DD's trumpet to go, "O, yea, Fats Navarro, and with a vengeance". Listen to the variety present within the one tune, "Bowie". There is about 100 years of musical history in that one tune. Just like there was in every Lester Bowie CD.
I will stop my rant of penance. Just listen to the samples. Better yet, just buy the darn thing and let it creep into your consciousness. Then go to a Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy CD or to The Great Pretender to hear the variety of ways one man can make a trumpet tell a story. And then, just for me, please check out Smoker, Robertson and Minafra. They will take you to some strange musical places. You may find you like those places.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Acquired Taste 1 July 2009
By David Conklin - Published on Amazon.com
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I was initially disappointed with this CD. I had been attracted to the line-up of trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and drums--but this wasn't at all what I expected! Most of the songs didn't really seem to go anywhere and seemed little more than collections of brassy sounds--often rather unappealing ones at that--with little meaning. I asked myself "What was Dave Douglas thinking when he released this mess?" Then, somewhere mid-way through the third play, something clicked, like my spirit moved or something. Suddenly, I began to truly enjoy the flow and quiet beauty of this music. SPIRIT MOVES is not one of Douglas's more accessible recordings!

Douglas's liner note tells us that this music was inspired by Lester Bowie. It might well be considered derivative of that late trumpeter's work in the 1990s, much as MEANING AND MYSTERY (2006) derives from Miles Davis's work in the mid to late 1960s.

Has any other jazz artist made such a wide variety of high-quality albums, in such a short time (15-16 years), as Dave Douglas? Of course there's Miles and 'Trane--who clearly trump Douglas in terms of innovation. Nonethess, I think Douglas's achievements are noteworthy.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine effort from an extraordinary musician... 14 July 2009
By T. Klaase - Published on Amazon.com
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How many artists would have the kahunas to release an album of all brass and no bass player. The tuba represents the bass here. This is a great recording. The compositions are complex - but not overly so - the melodies are there to be deciphered from repeated listenings. The musicianship and interplay are warmly present. A feast for the ears, one might say. This is like new orleans gone outter space. The album continues to get better as one gets more familiar with the material. Highly enjoyable. Go Douglas!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dave douglas makes a brass band 24 July 2009
By Anthony Cooper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dave Douglas's "Spirit Moves" is meant to be inspired by Lester Bowie's Brass Fantasy bands - he even hires the same trombone and french horn players. I'm not familiar with the Lester Bowie stuff, but standing on its own, "Spirit Moves" is high-grade jazz. A lot of the songs have a New Orleans funk to them - Marcus Rojas is excellent on tuba. The songs have humor (like on "Bowie"), lyricism (like on "Rava"), and plenty of bluesy funk (like on Otis Redding's "Mr. Pitiful"). Being Dave Douglas, he also steps away from the blues - unfortunately those songs are a little weaker. The performances are top-notch throughout. Still, like Douglas' fusion Keystone ensemble, I think Brass Ecstacy will be better if they make another disc. I can't rate it as highly as some other great 2009 discs as "Urban Myths", "Stolas" (Douglas plays Masada with Lovano), or "Apti". It's highly recommended, though, to Douglas' fans or someone interested in getting their first Douglas disc.
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