As the contemporary jazz scene ushers in a new generation
of trumpet players - Ambrose Akinmusire, Christian Scott and Avishai Cohen, to
name a few – a live performance by Dave Douglas is becoming far too rare.
His performance during Festival de la Cité is going to be quite the event!
The evolution of the trumpet’s sound in the past 30
years was partly due to the 56-year-old virtuoso. It is a time when the
trumpeter explored many different avenues, ranging from the boldest and most
avant-garde paths to the well-trodden ones. He never hesitated to go back in
time to prolong roads that have already been started by others, or to unearth
buried treasure and save them from oblivion.
In 1987, he started performing with veteran Horace
Silver (1928-2014) all while plunging into the bubbling scene of New York’s
“downtown.” He participated in saxophonist John Zorn’s “Masada” project and
roamed within klezmer (the musical steppes of the East). He played with
prominent members of the wild Big Apple bunch such as violinist Mark Feldman,
pianist Uri Caine and guitarist Marc Ribot. He also explored the repertoires of
Wayne Shorter, Booker Little or the far too little known pianist Mary Lou
Dave Douglas fuses the unexpected, whether he is
playing in a duo, a trio, a quintet or a sextet. He has blended his trumpet
with Guy Kucevsek’s accordeon or DJ Olive’s turntables, composed for
choreographer Trisha Brown, stuck his fingers in Miles’ electrical outlet, immersed
himself in the classics, plunged into the laments of folk after his mother’s
death in 2011...
Whether he harmonizes with clarinetist Louis Sclavis
or pianist Bill Carrothers, this multifaceted jazzman is not one to be caged.
Instead, he chooses to excel wherever he chooses to tread… and he has quite itchy feet!
His upcoming performance in Lausanne is a new chapter
with the quintet Engage, combining his brass sound with guitar (nothing new for
someone who often teamed up with Brad Shepik), cello, bass and drums. You’ll
find yourself in a place where complexity meets coherence… and of course,