We’re launching the third single, from Songs of Ascent: Book 1 – Degrees, the upcoming album from the Dave Douglas Quintet.

“Scepter” is a bass feature for Linda May Han Oh. This piece finds muted trumpet and sax stating the melody behind Ms. Oh’s energetic solo. A trio for trumpet, piano and drums follows, exploring the implications of this deceptively simple melody.

Saxophone and bass join and ultimately take over, moving the piece to a free and flowing improvisational territory. Piano solos pensively and leads the band back the sweet melody on this gorgeous quintet piece.

Pre-order / listen here. The album release is next, so pre-order now to get all three singles immediately.

And please note that we’ll be releasing a companion album for our subscribers, so subscribe now to get both complete albums on release day, October 7th.

You can also check it out below through the video: