Spirit Moves

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  • Summary: The latest album for the jazz musician was influenced by Lester Bowie and his Brass Fantasy band.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. Despite the deceptive pop-song outlines and strong grooves, just about every piece emphasizes the rich weave of voices, and on originals like 'The View from Blue Mountain' and 'Twilight of the Dogs,' Douglas extends forms you think you know to take you someplace new.
  2. The five-piece ensemble handles each tune with soulful aplomb.
  3. The best tribute to Lester Bowie, of course, is to do something original and surprising. And Dave Douglas manages that here by using a smaller band that remains rich, subtle, impressionistic, and versatile--but still fun.
  4. In sum, Spirit Moves is a welcome departure for Douglas, who has been working with his longtime electric band and more recently with his great Keystone group.
  5. It doesn't quite qualify as ecstasy, per se, but Spirit is sound and rousing and worthy of your love.