DAVE DOU­GLAS A Sin­gle Sky (Green­leaf

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Mu­sic) This disc fea­tures trum­peter Dave Dou­glas with the 17-piece Frankfurt Ra­dio Big­band, con­ducted by Jim McNeely. Three of the songs — “The Pres­i­dents,” “Cam­paign Trail,” and “Block­buster”— come from De­lighted States, Dou­glas’ first orig­i­nal work for big band. The oth­ers are from the leader’s song­book, freshly ar­ranged by McNeely. “The Pres­i­dents” opens with Dou­glas’ trum­pet solo ris­ing from a weighty and com­plex cho­rus of horns. He is ram­pant and heraldic against the rather omi­nous pulse of deeper horns. This is mar­velously in­tel­li­gent mu­sic. “Bury Me Stand­ing” is wispy and spooky, the horn voices turned way down ex­cept for the solo by trom­bon­ist Chris­tian Jak­sjø. The ti­tle track is again busy and proclam­a­tory, with strong drum­ming and punchy horns. The heart of the song of­fers bat­tling so­los by Dou­glas, tenor sax­o­phon­ist Tony Lakatos, and al­toist Oliver Le­icht. “Cam­paign Trail” is en­thu­si­as­tic, “Tree and Shrub” thought­ful and im­pres­sion­is­tic. “Per­sis­tence of Mem­ory” is an al­bum high­light, a gor­geous, easy-paced song seem­ingly full of se­crets. It sounds whole and or­ganic, yet there’s a spon­ta­neous, ex­per­i­men­tal feel­ing. Trom­bon­ist Peter Feil has a snaky solo, and Dou­glas is in­spired. Af­ter a crescendo of swirling horns and crash­ing cym­bals, it ends peace­fully, again with an air of mys­tery. “Block­buster” comes on qui­etly ca­co­phonic but soon gets real ballsy — a great closer to a fan­tas­tic set. — Paul Wei­de­man

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