Dave Douglas and Joe Lovano Quintet: Sound Prints Featuring: Lawrence Fields, Linda Oh and Joey Baron
Saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpet player Dave Douglas met at the San Francisco Jazz Collective. Today, they perform together in a wonderful quintet. They both master their instruments perfectly and organize ardently numerous tours and projects.
Joe Lovano played in several big bands (Woody Herman, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis) and started his own projects later on. You can definitely not call him inspired by Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane or Sonny Rollins. He has a rough sound, is able to play gently and loudly and feels at home in genres like bop, mainstream and free. He can act soberly and with a lot of feeling without becoming sentimental. Sometimes it seems as if he is only talking to himself. In short; Joe Lovano has different appearances. He broke through together with John Scofield and has already made 22 recordings for the famous Blue Note label since 1990. His latest album Bird Songs, a collaboration with the band US Five, is a personal interpretation of famous work by Charlie Parker.
Trumpet player Dave Douglas may be 10 years younger than Lovano, but definitely has an equal level of experience. He used to be a street performer but became more and more successful later on. He started in the trio Masada together with John Zorn followed by performing in his own bands. As a trumpet player he can play passionately, exuberantly, coarsely as well as very harmoniously. Dave Douglas seems indefatigable and started multiple own projects, with tributes to Booker Little and Wayne Shorter, or even more recently a project on Brass Ecstacy, as a tribute to brass instruments. He created his own label in 2005; Green Leaf records, which is used for recording own music as well as projects of others. So far he has made 30 albums. Recently he released a tripartite box ‘Three views’ which includes recordings that were only released digitally last year. The box contains work from Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Dave Douglas together with Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Linda Oh and Marcus Gilmore as well as from Dave Douglas & So Percussion.
Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas were co-leaders of the SF Jazz Collective in 2008. They collaborated at ‘Flights of Fancy’, ‘Trio Fascination’, ‘Edition Two’ and John Zorn’s ‘Stolas’. They worked well together and decided to establish Sound Prints, an all-star band with the new upcoming talented pianist Lawrence Fields, the bass player Linda Oh and the legendary drummer Joey Barron. Their performances vary between own work and Wayne Shorter compositions. The band’s name is an allusion of Shorter’s composition ‘Footprints’.