Dave Douglas/Uri Caine: Present Joys review – hymns meet jazz on excellent collaboration
by John Fordham
Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine share a lot – big techniques, innovative intelligence, multi-genre fluency and connections with John Zorn, for starters – but this melodious balance of old Protestant hymn themes, postbop swing and a little free improv is their first duo project together. On Present Joys, they adapt five pieces from New England's church-song traditions, and five compatible Douglas compositions, furthering the approach the trumpeter pursued on his haunting 2012 valediction to his mother, Be Still.
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