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Charms of the Night Sky
Genres: Folk, World Music, Jazz, Special Interest, New Age, Pop
Trumpeter Dave Douglas works at a tireless pace, releasing a steady stream of excellent solo albums, contributing to John Zorn's Masada, and appearing as a featured soloist on scores of diverse projects. On Charms of the N... more »
Trumpeter Dave Douglas works at a tireless pace, releasing a steady stream of excellent solo albums, contributing to John Zorn's Masada, and appearing as a featured soloist on scores of diverse projects. On Charms of the Night Sky, Douglas steps back for an album of restful meditations on the waltzes, polkas, klezmer, and café music of Europe. Playing without a drummer, Douglas leans his breathy horn against the solid foundation of bassist Greg Cohen and trades austere lines with Mark Feldman's violin while the accordion (!) of Guy Klucevsek sets the mood. These beautiful songs, duets, and tone poems are elegantly paced and played with an understated authority that is wistful, romantic, and full of grace. Packaged and recorded with Winter & Winter's unrivaled sophistication and attention to detail, Charms of the Night Sky is one of Dave Douglas's finest moments. --S. Duda
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ROGER L. FOREMAN | Bath, Maine | 10/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I originally chose this CD as my intro to Dave Douglas' solo work because the Winter & Winter packaging is so cool. . . . I overlooked the fact that he would be playing with just bass, violin, and accordion (yes, accordion) and went with CHARMS OF THE NIGHT SKY. Man, what a good call! This CD is all that it possibly could be, and Douglas makes it even more. Great arranging turns some very intriguing melodies into very intriguing and beautiful songs. As I have since discovered, this is pretty mellow stuff for Douglas, but he brings a passion and energy to this seemingly laid-back disc that few, if any, others could do. Tracks 2 & 3, "Bal Masque" and "Sea Change," would probably be my two favorites (I love him jumping the octave in "Sea Change"), but I don't skip over anything. I have seen Douglas play in concert with John Zorn's Masada, and he is just physically and sonically impressive in that setting. What is really cool is that he is equally impressive in a bit more subdued setting such as this. Cohen, Feldman, and Klucevsek should not be overlooked, either, as their support is integral throughout the CD. A beautifully constructed collection, this is worthy to be on the shelf of really special discs that one goes to for a breath of fresh air, a moment just to clear one's head, and/or a deep breath at the end of a busy day. Douglas will reward you, and you'll come away quiet, refreshed, and invigorated. At least I do. . . ."