Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas Sound Prints
Sound Prints, the innovative quintet co-led by saxophonist Joe Lovano and trumpeter Dave Douglas is known as “one of the foremost ensembles in jazz” (Downbeat Magazine). Featuring pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Linda May Han Oh and drummer Joey Baron, the group takes their inspiration from the music of iconic saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter – the band’s name is a nod to his classic “Footprints” – however the quintet’s focus is on new original compositions by Lovano and Douglas. The band is fueled by a desire to push the boundaries of their music as far as they can stretch, similar to the expansive role Shorter has played in jazz since his debut with Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1959.
The two leaders had crossed paths on rare occasions for nearly twenty years before forming Sound Prints. Douglas was one of the special guests on Lovano’s 2001 Blue Note release Flights of Fancy: Trio Fascination Edition Two, and their respective tenures with the SFJAZZ Collective overlapped for three seasons, including one in which they explored the repertoire of Wayne Shorter.
The group’s debut album, Live at Monterey Jazz Festival, was recorded in 2013 and featured original music as well as two new compositions from Shorter himself. The group’s latest release, Scandal, marks the first time the pair has recorded a full studio album of material together. Featuring nine originals by Lovano and Douglas as well as treatments of two Short classics – “Fee Fi Fo Fum” and “Juju” – the album reveals a passionately adventurous band for whom no territory is off-limits. Since the release of their debut album, their collective voice has only been further honed on stages around the world, making this follow-up an even more thrilling proposition.
“The defining trait of Sound Prints is the tangled crosstalk of its front line: an urbane, on-the-fly counterpoint brimming with crooked urgency, like a choice bit of dialogue in a David Mamet play.” – The New York Times