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Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy. L-R: Nasheet Waits, Vincent Chancey, Luis Bonilla, Marcus Rojas.
Dave Douglas and Brass Ecstasy. L-R: Nasheet Waits, Vincent Chancey, Luis Bonilla, Marcus Rojas. Geoff Countryman/Courtesy of the artist
The debut from the Captain Black Big Band isn't the only upcoming brass-heavy jazz album you can preview in full right now on NPR Music. You can also hear all of United Front, the upcoming album from trumpeter (and erstwhile guest-blogger) Dave Douglas.
But you won't find that on the NPR Music First Listen page. That's because it's a live album from the 2010 Newport Jazz Festival, where we and WBGO recorded the Dave Douglas Brass Ecstasy live in concert. Douglas and co. liked the performance so much that they mastered our recording, and are set to release it as a CD (or digital files) via Greenleaf Records (Douglas' own label) on April 5. Here's the (mastered) title track, after the jump:
If I am permitted a comment, Brass Ecstasy is one of the bands which illustrates the stark difference between studio-recorded jazz and live jazz well. The studio version of "Bowie," a tribute to the band's namesake, clocks in at 6:27. The live version was 12:28. You need to hear this jazz stuff live, folks! Otherwise, you simply aren't getting all the information that musicians are trying to tell you.
One might also mention that Dave Douglas is celebrating a birthday tomorrow, Thursday, March 24. He's doing so with Brass Ecstasy at the Village Vanguard in New York. (His standard quintet was recorded there by NPR Music/WBGO in 2009.) There's a Wall Street Journal piece about it, which says he's presenting yet unreleased material for that band.