The DDQ is in the midst of the final leg of a long stretch of touring, one that concludes with 4-night run at The Jazz Standard in New York City (11/19-22). They'll be recording all 4 nights and releasing the 8 sets on November 24 (you can purchase as many nights as you want or - what the heck - the entire run); Douglas did this twice before at the venue, once with his earlier Quintet (Uri Caine, Donny McCaslin, James Genus and Clarence Penn) in 2006 and again in 2010 with the Keystone sextet (Marcus Strickland, Adam Benjamin, Brad Jones, Gene Lake and DJ Olive).
If you've heard the current Quintet, you know how exciting, explosive and melodic it can be. To find out more, go to www.greenleafmusic.com/15187-2/.
The door of The Side Door opens at 7:30 p.m. both nights with the first set commencing at 8:30. For ticket reservations and more information, go to thesidedoorjazz.com or call 860-434-0886.
For "Broken Arm..", Friedlander play pizzicato throughout and used the rhythm section of Trevor Dunn (acoustic bass) and Michael Sarin (drums), both of whom are members of the cellist's Bonebridge band. The rhythm section is back again for the new album, "Oscalypso" (Skipstone), a collection of 9 Pettiford originals; to spice up the session, Michael Blake (tenor and soprano saxophones) joins the trio serving as both a sonic foil for Friedlander and an impressive soloist. To its credit, the quartet does not attempt to update the sound and feel of Pettiford's pieces. Needless to say, because the bassist/cellist came of age in the be-bop, this music contain a great deal of swing an forward motion. After a mysterious swirl of sound, "Bohemia After Dark" jumps out on the strength of Dunn and Sarin. Dunn states the theme, then Friedlander and Blake (tenor sax) join him and the piece takes off. Blake's softer attack on tenor may remind some of Ben Webster and Lester Young yet he plays with great authority. Another fairly famous Pettiford composition, "Tricotism", has such a gentle push, with the theme passed around from the bass to the cello to tenor. Sarin's delicate brush work sways pleasantly as all solo above him. One can also hear the influence the blues had on the composer.
řák) features strong soprano work from Blake and excellent bowed cello. The closing track, "Sunrise Sunset" (no relation to the tune from "Fiddler on the Roof") also features inspired arco work from Freidlander a rousing tenor sax solo, and inspired drumming from Sarin (he even gets a short solo near the close that also has the great drive one hears earlier on the title piece.)
I cannot think of a better way to pass 45 minutes than to fall under the spell of "Oscalypso". The quartet of Erik Friedlander, Michael Blake, Trevor Dunn, and Michael Sarin (pictured above, left) dig right into the music, capturing the essence of the spirit of Oscar Pettiford, the man and his far-ranging compositions.
For more information, go to music.erikfriedlander.com/album/oscalypso.
Here's a taste of the album: