Larry Blumenfeld
January 23, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Strange Liberation

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dave Douglas
Producers
Arista, Bluebird

We gave it an A-

The trumpeter reconvenes the quintet behind 2002’s gem The Infinite, adding guitarist Bill Frisell’s quavering twang to the mix. He achieves a richly detailed sound, elegant even in its eccentricities. Often, Frisell and Uri Caine’s piano cast lovely sonic halos around Douglas’ pungent tone. There’s an intelligent cohesion to these wide-ranging tracks, and just the right tension between composition and improvisation.

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