Bow River Falls

Performers Dave Douglas (Trumpet)

November 22, 2004 | Compact Disc

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A true collaborative effort, BOW RIVER FALLS features playing, composing, and arranging by trumpeter Dave Douglas, clarinetist Louis Sclavis, cellist Peggy Lee, and drummer/programmer Dylan Van Der Schyff. Recorded during Douglas's residence at the Banff Jazz Workshop in Alberta, Canada (where the other musicians were guest faculty), the session was cut in an afternoon with minimal rehearsal, so a feeling of spontaneity prevails. The music, atmospheric and free, is full of vigorous instrumental interplay and expressionist gestures.
The opener, Steve Lacy's "Blinks," has a bop-influenced head that gives way to a chorus of anthropomorphic squeals and bleeps. This pattern is seen elsewhere--melodic fragments intertwine with open, spacious structures, punctuated by free, interactive playing. Lee's cello contributes to the chamber-music ambience, especially on darker, dramatic numbers ("Retracing 2"), while Van Der Schyff's laptop contributions (on "Window" and "Dark Water," in particular) organically blend sampled sounds with his own drumming. Like many of Douglas's recordings, BOW RIVER FALLS draws from the past (the clearest reference here is late-'60s free jazz), while sounding utterly contemporary (the glitchy, sampled backdrop might classify some tracks as electronica or post-rock). Like most of Douglas's releases, this one is excellent all around.

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 22, 2004

Genre: Free Jazz

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

UPC: 669179076522

Found in: Free Jazz

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Bow River Falls

Bow River Falls

Performers Dave Douglas (Trumpet)

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 22, 2004

Genre: Free Jazz

Style: Jazz Instrument

Number of Discs: 0

UPC: 669179076522


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A true collaborative effort, BOW RIVER FALLS features playing, composing, and arranging by trumpeter Dave Douglas, clarinetist Louis Sclavis, cellist Peggy Lee, and drummer/programmer Dylan Van Der Schyff. Recorded during Douglas's residence at the Banff Jazz Workshop in Alberta, Canada (where the other musicians were guest faculty), the session was cut in an afternoon with minimal rehearsal, so a feeling of spontaneity prevails. The music, atmospheric and free, is full of vigorous instrumental interplay and expressionist gestures.
The opener, Steve Lacy's "Blinks," has a bop-influenced head that gives way to a chorus of anthropomorphic squeals and bleeps. This pattern is seen elsewhere--melodic fragments intertwine with open, spacious structures, punctuated by free, interactive playing. Lee's cello contributes to the chamber-music ambience, especially on darker, dramatic numbers ("Retracing 2"), while Van Der Schyff's laptop contributions (on "Window" and "Dark Water," in particular) organically blend sampled sounds with his own drumming. Like many of Douglas's recordings, BOW RIVER FALLS draws from the past (the clearest reference here is late-'60s free jazz), while sounding utterly contemporary (the glitchy, sampled backdrop might classify some tracks as electronica or post-rock). Like most of Douglas's releases, this one is excellent all around.
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