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Bow River Falls

  • 1. Blinks
    2. Bow River Falls
    3. Fete Forraine
    4. Window
    5. Maputo
    6. Petals
    7. Retracing 2
    8. Dernier Regards/Vol
    9. Woman at Point Zero
    10. Dark Water
    11. Paradox
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5744

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Douglas; Dylan Van Der Schyff; Dave Douglas; Dylan Van Der Schyff
    EngineerJohn Sorenson; John Sorenson

    Personnel: Dave Douglas (trumpet); Dave Douglas ; Peggy Lee (cello); Louis Sclavis (clarinet, bass clarinet); Dylan van der Schyff (drums).
    Audio Mixer: John Sorenson.
    Liner Note Author: Dave Douglas .
    Recording information: Banff Center for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada (06/2003).
    A true collaborative effort, BOW RIVER FALLS features playing, composing, and arranging by trumpeter Dave Douglas, clarinetist Louis Sclavis, cellist Peggy Lee, and drummer/programmer Dylan Van Der Schyff. Recorded during Douglas's residence at the Banff Jazz Workshop in Alberta, Canada (where the other musicians were guest faculty), the session was cut in an afternoon with minimal rehearsal, so a feeling of spontaneity prevails. The music, atmospheric and free, is full of vigorous instrumental interplay and expressionist gestures.
    The opener, Steve Lacy's "Blinks," has a bop-influenced head that gives way to a chorus of anthropomorphic squeals and bleeps. This pattern is seen elsewhere--melodic fragments intertwine with open, spacious structures, punctuated by free, interactive playing. Lee's cello contributes to the chamber-music ambience, especially on darker, dramatic numbers ("Retracing 2"), while Van Der Schyff's laptop contributions (on "Window" and "Dark Water," in particular) organically blend sampled sounds with his own drumming. Like many of Douglas's recordings, BOW RIVER FALLS draws from the past (the clearest reference here is late-'60s free jazz), while sounding utterly contemporary (the glitchy, sampled backdrop might classify some tracks as electronica or post-rock). Like most of Douglas's releases, this one is excellent all around.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.76) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Douglas' jazz usage is more insinuating and Lee's bucolic lyricism takes on an intriguing forlorn quality."
    JazzTimes (p.103) - "Lee's music focuses on texture and serves as atmospheric interludes between Sclavis' and Douglas' playful, melodic music..."
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