Sunday, September 23, 2012
Firehouse Goes Dub + Dave Douglas "Be Still"
The New Zion Trio plays 2 sets - 8:30 and 10 p.m. (separate admissions) - and one expects the space to packed with fans of the hard-working Saft (he has worked with composer John Adams, Laurie Anderson and the Beastie Boys plus is a member of John Zorn's Electric Masada and Grizzly Bear.) For ticket information, go firehouse12.com or call 203-785-0468.
When someone close and dear to us passes, they surely live in our memories. Before trumpeter-composer Dave Douglas's mother passed last year, she chose the music for her memorial service. Douglas took her suggestions, arranged the pieces for a 5-piece ensemble plus, for the first time, he's working with a vocalist. Aiofe (eee-fa) O'Donovan, who spent the past decade working with the bluegrass band Crooked Still, sings on 6 of the 9 tracks (she also adds acoustic guitar on several cuts.)
Her gentle voice is one of many reasons to find "Be Still", Douglas's latest recording for his Greenleaf Music label. As usual, the trumpeter is surrounded by stellar musicians including Jon Irabagon (tenor saxophone), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and a subdued yet still adventurous Rudy Royston (drums). The trumpeter's mother was quite supportive of her son and attended as many of his concerts as she could - knowing what kind of music he played, she made suggestions understanding he would make them work in a way that was respectful to her wishes as well as his style of playing. The program is bracketed by 2 classical pieces; the opening cut, "Be Still My Soul", posits lyrics by the 18th Century hymn writer