Dave Douglas ‘Dizzy Atmosphere’ named to PopMatters ‘Best of 2020’ list

Dizzy Atmosphere, the recent release by Dave Douglas, has been named to the PopMatters list of “The 20 Best Jazz Albums of 2020”!

Reviewer Will Layman says of the record:

“Trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas practically defines the “new mainstream” in that he spans styles and categories even as he tends to consistently present a trumpet voice that operates in a clarion post-bop area. How marvelous, then, to hear him present a young trumpeter in David Adewumi as his equal in this tribute to the greatest of modern jazz horn players. Douglas balances the program by using veteran drummer Joey Barron along with younger players: Fabian Almazan on piano, guitarist Matt Stevens, and bassist Carmen Rothwell. They interpret the Afro-Cuban “Manteca” and the rare “Pickin’ the Cabbage”, using contrapuntal rhythm on the former and a jump band puck on the latter. Seven Douglas originals are the heart of recording, however, and they are modern, daring journeys in some cases—but also warm. The band is given lots of room and lots of responsibility, and each member repays what Douglas asks of them.”

Read the entire piece here.

You can purchase the album on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and more.