This is a beautiful, lyrical session. The interplay between Dave Douglas's trumpet and Frank Woeste's keyboards creates some surprisingly lush textures and the rhythm section of Matt Brewer and Clarence Penn lift it to another level. A real find.
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In the years between the two World Wars, the Dada movement questioned, altered, teased and undermined the very idea of art. A century later, trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Frank Woeste draw inspiration from that “art of reinvention” with their collaborative album Dada People, due out October 2016 via Greenleaf Music.
Perhaps no single artist embodies Dada’s slippery juxtapositions quite like Man Ray. Both French and American, commercial and avant-garde, Jewish by birth and mysterious by design, Man Ray epitomized the conflicting personae and attitudes that have come to define so much of the modern art world of the last century. Bridging the Atlantic through support from the French American Jazz Exchange, Douglas and Woeste explore those concepts through a 21st century lens, realized by a stellar quartet rounded out by bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Clarence Penn.
released October 14, 2016
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Frank Woeste, piano, fender rhodes
Matt Brewer, bass
Clarence Penn, drums
Produced by Dave Douglas and Frank Woeste
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria NY on January 21-22, 2015.
Recording Engineered by David Stoller
Mixed and Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Artwork and Design by Russell Moore
Photography credit: Portrait of Man Ray and Salvador Dali, Paris. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs
Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection, LC-USZ62-42535
Tracks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 composed and arranged by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI)
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 composed and arranged by Frank Woeste (Frank Woeste / SACEM)
Clarence Penn plays Canopus drums, Aquarian heads and Zildjian cymbals and sticks.
Thanks to Matt and Clarence, David Stoller, Tyler McDiarmid, Mark Micklethwaite, Jakob Flarer at Saudades Tourneen, Reno di Matteo at Anteprima Productions, the French American Jazz Exchange and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.
Thanks also to Ibrahim Maalouf, Emmanuel Morlet, Sara Donnelly, Jeannette Vuocolo, Angela Morris, Lia, Oscar, Leon and Clara.
DADA PEOPLE has been made possible through the French-American Jazz Exchange, a joint program of FACE Foundation and Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (“SACEM”).