Doug Scarborough: The Color Of Angels
Indie Jazz / Ethno Jazz
premiera polska: 2023-01-16
kontynent: Ameryka Północna
opakowanie: Gatefoldowe etui
Composer/trombonist Doug Scarborough presents a compelling collection of new works, fusing music of the West - jazz, with overtones of classical and prog rock - and traditional Middle Eastern elements. Setting the stage with his 2015 release Bridges, where he introduced the trombone to the world as an instrument capable of expressively playing Arabic scales (maqamat), The Color of Angels is a riveting follow-up as he retains the dynamic core of collaborators, Jeremy Siskind on piano, bassist Damian Erskine, and engineer/producer Bob Stark, while adding the distinct voices of violin virtuoso Akram Abdulfattah, Mustafa Boztüy on darbuka and the dynamic drummer, Reinhardt Melz. Possibly reminiscent of some recent projects by Nate Smith, Ibrahim Maalouf, or bassist Avishai Cohen, Scarborough's musical vision is exciting, surprising and cinematic in scope.
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
4-STARS The Color of Angels, an engaging album by trombonist Doug Scarborough's sextet, blends music with a jazz heart and Middle Eastern temperament. Scarborough, who teaches at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, has worked toward expanding the jazz idiom to encompass rhythms and harmonies from countries and regions not usually associated with the music.
The endeavor's fruits can be heard and appreciated on Angels, wherein he enlists the talents of violinist Akram Abdulfattah and Mustafa Boztüy who plays the darbuka, a Middle Eastern drum/percussion instrument whose origins can be traced to Egypt and is widely used in Turkey and Arabic countries.
To underline his bona fides, Scarborough wrote and arranged each of the album's nine selections, which certainly lean sharply, both rhythmically and harmonically, toward the Middle East while retaining the essential components of western jazz. Part of the reason for this is that Scarborough, even when exploring the music of other countries, still plays jazz trombone, and does so quite well. That's true whether he is playing alone or morphing into a "trombone choir," as, for instance, on the shapely "Arabesque," robust "You Are Brave Enough" or dynamic "Color of Angels." Meanwhile, Scarborough's teammates—Abdulfattah, Boztuy, pianist Jeremy Siskind, bassist Damian Erskine, drummer Reinhardt Melz—quickly and easily settle into a similar groove, lending the enterprise an aura of naturalness and authenticity.
While Boztuy's darbuka isn't decisive, it certainly makes a difference, providing rhythmic direction and clarity and serving as an indelible adjunct to Melz's assertive drums (Boztuy is especially busy on the closing "Source of the Longest River"). Siskind's limber piano is invariably astute and reassuring, Abdulfattah's violin adds weight on several numbers, and Erskine proves an able soloist whenever his name is called. Melodically and rhythmically, Scarborough is well-versed in the Middle Eastern design, as he is in western jazz, and uses that expertise on The Color of Angels to blend the seemingly adversarial forms into a bright and pleasurable listening experience.
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
RINGER OF THE WEEK Glorious musical journeys to far a way lands both acoustic and electric are delivered by trombonist Doug Scarborough and his wide ranging team of violinist Akram Abdulfattah, pianist Jeremy Siskind, bassist Damian Erskine, drummer Reinhardt Melz and Mustafa Boztuy on the hand percussive darbuka. The themes range widely, going from a table dance between the leader and Siskind on "Imaginal Cells" to a get down funk fest with Erskine's electric bass on "The Everything". There's a fusiony drama with Mid Eastern harmonies and Saharan moods with Boztuy on "Mosaic" and Adbulfattah soars to dramatic heights with the glowing trombone on "Limitless". The rhythm team gallops like a stallion to Melz's cymbals on the flowing "Arabesque" with the team closing things out on a grandiose scale on the classy "The Source of the Longest River" as Siskind and Scarborough flow like a gentle stream in the hill country. Panoramic in scale.
Take Effect (Tom Haugen)
The always impressive Doug Scarborough returns with a new batch of jazz tunes, and he's got Akram Abdulfattah, Jeremy Siskind, Damian Erskine, Mustafa Boztuy and Reinhardt Melz along for the ride.
The title track opens the listen with swift keys from Siskind, as Scarborough's bright brass and Melz's frisky drumming guide the timeless jazz climate, and "Limitless" follows with a soulful approach where Abdulfattah's precise violin adds much to the thoughtful landscape.
In the middle, the punchy drumming of "You Are Brave Enough" meshes well with the agile keys as a hypnotic demeanor unfolds, while "Imaginal Cells" finds plenty of grooves to cultivate amid the strategic bass from Erskine.
"Arabesque" arrives near the end, and showcases sublime piano work alongside the emotive trombone and moody strings, and "The Source Of The Longest River" finishes the listen with warm melodies and equal attention from all the players that you can't help but admire.
Doug Scarborough - Trombone
Akram Abdulfattah - Violin
Jeremy Siskind - Piano
Damian Erskine - Bass
Mustafa Boztüy - Darbuka
Reinhardt Melz - Drums
1. The Color of Angels 3:36
2. Limitless 5:17
3. Mosaic 5:29
4. Tinder and Spark 7:15
5. You Are Brave Enough 6:24
6. Imaginal Cells 6:42
7. The Everything 4:33
8. Arabesque 6:25
9. The Source of the Longest River 6:00
nagrano: Recorded by Bob Stark at Crossroads Productions, Vancouver, WA, on August 10-18, 2021
more info: www.originarts.com
- Origin Records
- Doug Scarborough
- The Color Of Angels
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