Dave Douglas – Strange Liberation (Bluebird)
Bill Frisell has a unique sound and feel. Chris Potter, who has appeared at the Hollywood Jazz Festival twice (initially with Red Rodney when only 21-years-old, and later with Dave Holland) is a dominant force on tenor saxophone. Pianist Uri Caine has graced a number of Douglas projects, as much for his chameleon-like ability to meld with any format, as for his strong sense of musicality. James Genus and Clarence Penn are rapidly becoming a rhythm section tour-de-force; whether it is on impressionistic pieces like “Just Say This” or the more intense “Seventeen,” they provide the right support while, at the same time, propelling the front line.
Douglas’s technique continues to expand, although it never gets in the way of the music; for Douglas, as with the rest of the band, the music is the thing, and while there is plenty of impressive playing on Strange Liberation that asserts the strong personalities involved, egos never get in the way.