Little Giant featured on WBGO’s Take Five

The new album from Dave Douglas, The Westerlies and Anwar Marshall is featured in this week’s Take Five piece on

Here’s Nate Chinen’s commentary:

Let’s get down to brass tracks. (Sorry.) Dave Douglas, who founded the Festival of New Trumpet Music, is the ideal person to collaborate with The Westerlies, a new-breed brass quartet. Their new album, Little Giant Still Life, due out on Greenleaf Music on Friday, also features drummer Anwar Marshall, who knows how to bring muscle to a groove without a heavy trudge.

This being a Dave Douglas project, there’s also a source of outside inspiration: the work of Stuart Davis, a defining American modernist whose paintings have more than a passing relationship to jazz. The album is named after a 1950 painting whose defining feature is the word “CHAMPION,” bisected with diagonal lines but as legible and graphic as a logo. Douglas seems to be thinking in that mode too: the pace here is triumphant, and the harmonies (the low rumble of those perfect parallels!) convey a determined gravitas.

You can read the entire piece here.

The album will be released worldwide this Friday.

Pre-order Little Giant Still Life now on Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

The group plays release shows in Brooklyn, New York on October 20 and Portland, Oregon on October 28.