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DAVE DOUGLAS AND URI CAINE
Leeds 2014 [no label, 1CD]
Live at the Howard Assembly Room, Opera North, Leeds, UK; May 2, 2014 (broadcast September 15, 2014). Excellent radio broadcast.
Keyboard wizard Uri Caine first made his name as sideman to improvisers including John Zorn and the virtuosic trumpeter Dave Douglas. Across 22 albums as a leader, he’s since carved out a niche of his own as a sonic adventurer with projects that place him at the forefront of today’s jazz world. Here he returns to his roots in a duo format with his long-term collaborator Dave Douglas, playing a specially selected collection of songs, hymns, and improvisations, in support of the new Present Joys album.
Kim Macari of londonjazznews.com:
Their shared musical sense shone as they caught off-beat hits together, Uri Caine almost acting as an entire rhythm section… The duo feels like a context which encourages ‘true’ improvisation and it was interesting (and rare) to witness two musicians not afraid to pursue different musical ideas simultaneously yet have the sensibility to weave it all together…
The highlight of the evening… Old Put… was introduced with the explanation that it was written after hearing the distant sound of a train passing his home in the country. Caine opened the piece playing so lightly that it was a wonder any sound came out of the piano at all, the minimal introduction certainly evoking the stillness of night. Douglas joined, whistling through the trumpet and blowing warm air through it, adding texture rather than sound. He never played a single note and the piece ended as quietly as it had begun. In that moment, those two men on stage held the entire audience; no-one dared move in case they broke the spell.
Thanks to TomP (tom_phillips) for sharing the show at Dime.
Thanks also to Fastone for the artwork.
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Track 01. Radio Intro 0:12 (340k)
Track 02. Seven Seas 10:01 (16.8MB)
Track 03. Soar Away 5:29 (9.2MB)
Track 04. Old Put 7:32 (12.6MB)
Track 05. Talk 0:53 (1.5MB)
Track 06. Present Joys 8:36 (14.5MB)
Track 07. Bethel 7:43 (13.0MB)
Track 08. Supplication 6:16 (10.5MB)
Track 09. Zero Hour 5:13 (8.8MB)
Dave Douglas - trumpet
Uri Caine - piano
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