Release Date: Jun 16, 2009
Record label: Green Leaf
It's Douglas' originals that really count here, however. There are two fine tribute pieces. "Bowie" is the most provocative in that it pits freedom and form against one another from the jump. The rhythmic pulse of the drum kit, the trumpet, and the trombone go right into the fray together with that French horn softening those blows just a shade.
The word “brass” suggests a certain stridency, a caustic loudness, a sound tinged with acid. Roy Eldridge played with brassy insouciance. Miles Davis less so. The trumpeters in jazz—from Armstrong up to today—have approached or avoided brassiness as a matter of personality. Only a few have ….
After recording When the Spirit Returns in 1999, Lester Bowie, rest his immortal soul, laid down his trumpet and tipped his hat to the everafter. That album turned out to be his final blast, funneling contemporary R&B and hip-hop through his lifelong second voice. He delivered that title as a promise: I am timeless, I am here; we will meet again. .
THE LOW ANTHEM “Oh My God, Charlie Darwin” (Nonesuch) The Low Anthem ponders eternity in God-haunted, bipolar Americana: hymns and stomps. It’s a three-member band from Providence, R.I., that plays nearly a dozen instruments, among them banjo, E flat horn and clarinet, creating an atmosphere that’s old-timey but not vintage. The lyrics are too splintered and abstract for that.