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Devotion: love, loyalty, or enthusiasm for a person, activity, or cause.
Most of these pieces are devoted to the particularly important people who helped them come about. D’Andrea and Francis of Anthony, to Franco D’Andrea. Miljøsang (Environmental Tune) and False Allegiances to Carla Bley. Prefontaine to Steve Prefontaine. Rose and Thorn to Mary Lou Williams. Curly to Jerome Horwitz. Pacific to Aine Nakamura and the Mannes/New School composition class of Fall 2017. We Pray to Dizzy Gillespie.
Devotion, as recorded here, is an amalgam of 200 year old songs from the Sacred Harp that Uri Caine and I have been playing for several years. We were delighted to invite the extraordinary and always surprising Andrew Cyrille on drums. Preparing for this recording was a humbling act of dedication, focus, love and ultimately devotion, for which I am grateful.
released May 17, 2019
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Uri Caine, piano
Andrew Cyrille, drums & percussion
Producer: Dave Douglas
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Astoria, NY on September 23, 2018
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Design by Lukas Frei
Photography by Anna Yatskevich
Compositions by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music / BMI), except “Devotion” by Alexander Johnson (composed in 1818).
"The playing is intimate, mutually responsive, rhythmically capricious but often genially swinging, too."
John Fordham, The Guardian, Album of the Month ★★★★
"Devotion ... is credited to three brilliant musicians: trumpeter Dave Douglas, pianist Uri Caine, and drummer Andrew Cyrille. Whether on the sanctified title track or a piece like “Miljøsang,” their efforts as an improvising trio strive toward an indivisible whole.
Nate Chinen, WBGO Take Five Feature
"... the album ends with Alexander Johnson’s sacred harp hymn, “Devotion,” and a performance that captures both the literal and figurative meanings of the word, as well as offering some of the album’s most inspired interplay."
J.D. Considine, DownBeat Editor's Pick
"Legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille … provides the perfect rhythmic presence for Douglas and Caine’s interactions. Devotion is an album both intimate and buoyant."
"Douglas architects this music with empathy and trust, and the trio bestows a spontaneous charm that leaves a lasting impression."
Jazz Trail ★★★★
"[T]he feel throughout is of three close collaborators enjoying playing together. It’s a great record but I imagine hearing this live would be even better."
Brian Homer, UK Vibe ★★★★
"Dave Douglas, Uri Caine, and Andrew Cyrille are master musicians and communicators. We are the beneficiaries of their hard work, interactions, and, yes, devotion."
Richard Kamins, Step Tempest
"It’s an equal collaboration in every sense. ... “Rose And Thorn,” which comes in the album’s final third, is almost New Orleans jazz, with Caine playing a rollicking, rambunctious babbling brook of notes as Cyrille throws down some serious parade beats, including plenty of cowbell. When Douglas dives in, his tone is rich and full, and his lines, while abstract, convey nothing but raw joy."
Phil Freeman, Stereogum
"Three strong musical personalities impose themselves onto these Douglas originals and end up with a riveting trio ... that sounds like no other."
S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
"If the finest compliment one can pay to a recording is that you could listen to it repeatedly all day, grab a chair and begin."
Mark Corroto, All About Jazz ★★★★☆