Frisell fits comfortably into the group dynamic of Douglas' quintet, and this give-and-take is crucial to the album's balance. It's their show, after all, and Frisell is an invited guest. This sense of restraint renders all those moments when Frisell steps out to shine sweeter: the Allan Holdsworth echoes throughout "Catalyst"; the understated, effects-boosted melodizing of "The Frisell Dream"; the mood-shifting solo halfway through the title track.
These deft displays of proficiency and intellect underscore the other members' assured, instinctual turns, which combine to highlight Douglas' ease as a composer. Douglas and tenor saxophonist Chris Potter each step out for vibrant, impressive solos on "Seventeen," leaving little doubt as to where the bandleader's sympathies lie: Although his ensemble is a tight, gifted group, augmented here by one of the most regarded guitarists in the field, it's the trumpeter who's running this show, always bringing the proceedings back home to the possibilities inherent in that moment when a man picks up his horn.
The Dave Douglas Quintet performs at Nuci's Space in Athens on Mon., Feb. 16. $15
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…
Yes, 14 is the correct answer. I'll pass your info along to the group's manager,…
That was January of 2007, and they are 21 now, so I'm guessing 14?